Cherries are the perfect fitness food: compact, unfussy, soft to chew, and packed with nutrients. Cherries are an excellent source of fibre, vitamins and minerals, including potassium, calcium and vitamins A and C – all of which are essential for your body to function optimally (both in and out the gym).
Vitamin C protects your immune system while fiber helps keep your digestive system healthy – and can help to reduce the risk of excessive weight gain and obesity. Upping your exercise and activity levels can make you more hungry so it’s important to snack on foods that pack in nutrients and curb hunger pangs.
Fresh cherries are brilliant when whizzed up into either a pre or post-exercise smoothie to replenish your muscles’ glycogen (energy) stores.So try this cherry-licious smoothie recipe for that extra sweet and juicy health kick!
Blitz together in a blender and enjoy!
1 cup of pitted fresh cherries
1/2 inch of fresh ginger
1/2 a banana
Large handful of spinach
Handful of ice
1 scoop of collagen or protein powder