OPN Connect Newsletter 12 · May 18, 2017

Ashley’s Better Bites: May Means Cherries!

Nothing says no more winter like a bowl of luscious cherries! These sweet bites are never a hard sell, so I don’t often get the chance to share why they are so good for you.

Consider the following:

  • Rich in vitamin C, potassium, dietary fiber, and antioxidants, cherries help us stay hydrated and healthy.
  • The better digestion and immune-supporting combo of vitamin C and dietary fiber means extra immune support to help prevent seasonal allergies from turning into a Spring cold!
  • Potassium helps enable better skin, better metabolism, better energy, digestion, and better heart health but most of us struggle to get in enough potassium daily. I would promote cherries for their potassium content from now through the summer when better hydration is essential for better health. Here are two better tools to help you assess and meet daily potassium need, better:
  • Cherries also contain powerful antioxidants such as anthocyanins, which are pigments responsible for their deep red color. Anthocyanins also have numerous health benefits such as anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties. 

Here’s a Better Cherry Recipe

Serves 1

Oats and chia seeds? Breakfast just got that much more nutritious! Soaking oats releases even more benefits to aid in digestion and keep you feeling fuller, longer.

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  • 1.5 cups oat milk (or alternative milk of your choice)
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/2 apple grated
  • 2 tbsp gluten free oats
  • 1-2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tbsp dried cherries

*we topped with frozen cherries, superfoods, and extra pumpkin seeds


  1. Whisk ingredients together vigorously.
  2. Cover and place in the fridge for an hour.
  3. Stir to break up any clumps, eat or store overnight in the fridge.
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