I don’t know about you guys, but we go through crazy amounts of blueberries around here. Truett and Toby eat them by the handfuls, along with any other fruit I bring into the house. I saw a huge container of cherries the other day at walmart and decided to pair them up with the blueberries for a cold, Summer treat. You know the drill…… I scream, You scream, We all scream for ICE CREAM! WOOHOO!
You’re not gonna believe this but I have never owned an ice cream maker. *GASP* I know right? I grew up eating homemade ice cream so you would think I’d have one huh? I finally bought one the other day and put it to work making this homemade cherry-blueberry ice cream. Since we have been trying to watch what we consume around here, I decided to go the low-fat route and adding fresh fruit is just icing on the ice cream. What’s so fun about this dandy appliance, is that you can throw all sorts of goodies into and make delightful treats every single day! And for much less than what you’d pay to all go out and eat ice cream.
I would LOVE to hear your ice cream recipes if you have them, low-fat or not! I’m dying to try more. There’s nothing better to cool down a hot Texas day than homemade ice cream, you know? Can I get an AMEN! YIP YIP!
GOOD FOR YOU
We all know that blueberries are very good for our health but did you know that cherries are too? Here’s some things you might not have known!
- When eating cherries, the queritrin is set free to fight off all the body’s cancerous cells. Queritrin–a flavonoid–is rich in cherries, and has been found by researchers to be one of the most potent anticancer agents.
- Cherries also contain ellagic acid, a naturally occurring plant phenolic known as an anti-carcinogenic/anti-mutagenic compound. Some researchers say that ellagic acid may be the most effective way to prevent cancer.
- Tart cherries contain two powerful compounds, anthocyanins and bioflavonoids. Both of these compounds slow down the enzymes Cyclo-oxyygenase-1 and — 2, which helps to relieve and prevent arthritis and gout in the body.
- Cherries are rich in two important flavonoids, isoqueritrin and queritrin, which act as antioxidants and work to eliminate byproducts of oxidative stress, therefore slowing down the aging process.
- By helping to reduce inflammation in the body, the anthocyanin and bioflanoids in cherries also help eliminate migraine headaches. These compounds are known to have similar activity to aspirin and ibuprofen.
- Melatonin is also found to help the body’s natural sleep patterns. Since the body so rapidly absorbs melatonin, cherries can increase melatonin levels in the blood, therefore improving the way you sleep.
Here’s to Summer!
Disclosure: I am an official Walmart Mom. Walmart has provided me with compensation and gift card in return for my time & efforts to create this post. Opinions are my own, always.