Delicious and good for your heart? Graceland dried cherries boast more than a tart, tangy flavor. They also enable you to reach your heath and wellness goals by offering a low sodium, cholesterol-free ingredient and snack food option. Cherries promote heart health through a powerful array of antioxidants (more than red wine or dark chocolate!) as well as anthocyanins, which are responsible for lowering cholesterol, triglycerides and reducing inflammation.1 This can lead to clearer arteries and healthy weight loss. Looking for new ways to incorporate dried cherries into your diet? Test out the baked oatmeal recipe below for a scrumptious, heart-friendy breakfast or brunch!

Ingredients:

1 cup rolled oats
1 heaping cup berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, etc.)
1/3 cup Graceland dried cherries
1/4 cup non-fat greek yogurt
1 egg
1 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut (shredded)
Honey (for drizzling)

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. In a personal-sized ceramic baking bowl, add oats, egg, greek yogurt, and fruit. Fold in until combined. Add dried cherries, almond milk, and coconut. Fold in again until additional ingredients are combined. Drizzle honey on top of mixture. Place in the oven for 25 minutes or until top is crispy and golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool 5-10 minutes. Garnish with excess fruit and dried cherries. Top with a sprinkle of coconut and enjoy!

1. http://www.onegreenplanet.org/natural-health/the-many-benefits-of-cherries-for-your-heart-health-weight-and-more/