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Guilt-Free, Superfruit Snacking: Sweet treats made to permissibly indulge

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(Family Features) For many, enjoying a small indulgence can serve as a reward for a job well done or a mood-boosting pick-me-up. In fact, mindful snacking is on-trend for a majority of consumers.

According to Mondelez International’s Fourth Annual State of Snacking Global Consumer Trends Study, 78% are choosing small indulgences to pamper themselves and 68% are checking nutrition labels on snacks.

With today’s changing palates and the growing demand for sour, less sweet foods and beverages, a superfruit like tart cherries can help snackers permissibly indulge without the guilt. Primarily grown on small family farms in the United States, Montmorency tart cherries – also referred to as sour cherries – are available year-round in dried, juice and juice concentrate, canned and frozen forms.

More than 110 scientific research studies show Montmorency tart cherries are a superfruit. In addition to their sweet-sour taste and unique nutrient profile, research suggests tart cherries – one of the few natural food sources of melatonin – may help improve sleep, aid in exercise recovery, reduce inflammation, ease arthritis symptoms, improve gut health and promote heart health. In fact, in one study published in the “European Journal of Nutrition,” adults who drank Montmorency tart cherry juice slept about 40 minutes longer on average and had up to a 6% increase in sleep efficiency.

While increasingly featured in functional beverages and health-positioned foods, tart cherries can also add drool-worthy flavor to superfruit-infused snacks, such as these Tart Cherry Superfood Banana Splits and Tart Cherry Brownie Bites. Plus, using tart cherries as a favorite ingredient in recipes like these adds a health halo to sweets – reinforcing the trend of permissible indulgences.

As an ideal superfruit snack that makes snacking more satisfying, tart cherries provide delicious flavor and potential health benefits in these recipes and beyond so you can savor the moment and cherish every bite.

Find more tart cherry snack recipes at ChooseCherries.com.

Tart Cherry Superfood Banana Splits

Recipe courtesy of Hannah Zimmerman of Bite Sized Studio on behalf of the U.S. Tart Cherry Industry
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2

  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 2 cups tart cherry juice
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup granola
  • 1/4 cup dried tart cherries
  • 1/2 cup frozen tart cherries, thawed
  1. Place chocolate chips in bowl.
  2. In saucepan over medium heat, bring tart cherry juice to simmer about 20 minutes until reduced to 2/3 cup.
  3. Pour juice into bowl and mix until chocolate chips are melted and sauce is smooth.
  4. Cut bananas in half lengthwise and place on two plates. Spoon 1/2 cup Greek yogurt on each banana then drizzle with 2 tablespoons almond butter and 2 tablespoons tart cherry chocolate sauce.
  5. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons granola, 2 tablespoons dried tart cherries and 1/4 cup thawed frozen tart cherries on top of each banana split.

Note: Leftover tart cherry chocolate sauce can be stored in airtight container in refrigerator for later use.

Tart Cherry Brownie Bites

Recipe courtesy of Hannah Zimmerman of Bite Sized Studio on behalf of the U.S. Tart Cherry Industry
Prep time: 10 minutes
Yield: 12 bites

  • 10 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup dried tart cherries
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon chia or hemp seeds (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons peanut or almond butter
  • 4 tablespoons tart cherry juice
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • cocoa powder (optional)
  • melted chocolate (optional)
  1. In bowl of food processor, combine dates; dried tart cherries; walnuts; oats; cocoa powder; seeds, if desired; salt; and nut butter. Pulse 30-60 seconds until ingredients are ground into tiny pieces.
  2. Add tart cherry juice in 1 tablespoon additions, pulsing mixture after each addition, until crumbly dough forms.
  3. Transfer dough to bowl and fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Roll dough into 12 balls. Serve plain or finish balls with dusting of cocoa powder or drizzle of melted chocolate, if desired.


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Cherry Marketing Institute

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Bring a Chill to Summer with Cool, Creamy Cheesecake

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(Family Features) When it’s hot but you crave something sweet, turn to a delicious dessert that’s cool and creamy. French Style Cheesecake with Vanilla Wafer Crust offers the best of both worlds as a fresh, no-bake, refrigerated favorite you can top with chocolate, fruit or vanilla wafer crumbs. Find more summer dessert ideas at Culinary.net.

Creamy Cheesecake Recipes

French Style Cheesecake with Vanilla Wafer Crust

Recipe courtesy of “Cookin’ Savvy”
Total time: 25 minutes, plus 3 hours refrigeration
Servings: 8

Crust:

  • 2          cups vanilla wafers, crushed
  • 1          stick butter, melted
  • 1/4       cup brown sugar

Whipped Cream:

  • 1          cup heavy cream
  • 3          tablespoons sugar
  • 1          teaspoon vanilla

Cheesecake:

  • 8          ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1          teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2       cup powdered sugar
  1. To make crust: Mix crushed vanilla wafers, melted butter and sugar; press into pie pan or individual pudding cups.
  2. To make whipped cream: In large bowl, using electric mixer, mix heavy cream, sugar and vanilla until thickened into whipped cream.
  3. To make cheesecake: Add softened cream cheese, vanilla and powdered sugar to whipped cream bowl. Using electric mixer, mix until smooth. Pour over vanilla wafer crust and chill 3 hours.


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Celebrate Summer with National Mojito Day!

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Every year on July 11th, cocktail enthusiasts and summer lovers across the U.S. come together to celebrate National Mojito Day. This refreshing cocktail, with its cool hits of mint and vibrant lime, is the perfect companion for a hot summer day.

Raise your glass this July 11th and celebrate #NationalMojitoDay! 🍹 Enjoy the refreshing mix of rum, mint, lime, and a touch of sweetness. Cheers to flavor!

The mojito, a classic Cuban concoction, has won hearts worldwide with its simple yet invigorating blend of white rum, sugar, lime juice, sparkling water, and fresh mint. Its origin stretches back to the days of pirates and the age-old quest for remedies to tropical diseases, with the mojito’s predecessor used for medicinal purposes. Today, it stands as a symbol of leisure and celebration.

How to Make the Perfect Mojito:

Ingredients:

  • 10 fresh mint leaves, plus a sprig for garnish
  • 1/2 lime, cut into 4 wedges
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, or to taste
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1 1/2 ounces white rum
  • 1/2 cup sparkling water

Instructions:

  1. Muddle the Mint and Lime: In a sturdy glass, add mint leaves and 1 lime wedge. Use a muddler or the back of a spoon to crush them together, releasing the mint oils and lime juice. Repeat this process for the remaining lime wedges along with the sugar. Muddling releases the flavors which are the base of this cocktail.
  2. Assemble the Drink: Fill the glass almost to the top with ice cubes. Pour the white rum over the ice, and fill the glass with sparkling water. Stir well.
  3. Garnish and Serve: Stir the mix gently. Garnish with the sprig of mint.

Now that you know how to make a classic mojito, why not try your hand at making one this National Mojito Day? Gather your ingredients and join in the nationwide toast to the joy and refreshment brought by this beloved beverage!

Remember to sip responsibly and savor every refreshing note of your homemade mojito. Cheers to #NationalMojitoDay!

For more delicious recipes and cocktail facts, follow along and let every sip take you on a journey through the rich history of the mojito. Enjoy your celebration in style, surrounded by friends, sun, and good spirits.

https://www.nationaldaycalendar.com/national-day/national-mojito-day-july-11

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Tasty Recipes to Combat the Hustle and Bustle: Family-friendly meals ready in 30 minutes or less

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(Family Features) Jam-packed calendars and little spare time at home can make heads spin. When those hectic weeknights are giving your family fits, turn to delicious recipes you can have ready in 30 minutes or less.

Some Family Friendly Recipes

Start with kitchen staples like chicken and rice – they’re easy to prepare and versatile enough to let you cook a variety of meals without feeling like you’re stuck in a dinner rut. For example, these Air-Fryer Bang Bang Chicken Tenders with Rice offer a kid-friendly take on bang bang chicken that’s both sweet and spicy.

This air-fryer favorite requires just half an hour in the kitchen and calls on the quality and convenience of Success Boil-in-Bag Jasmine Rice to make busy weeknights a breeze. In just 10 minutes, the aromatic rice cooks up soft and fluffy with a uniquely delicious flavor that’s naturally gluten free, Non-GMO Project Verified and free of MSG and preservatives.

For a real escape from the everyday hustle and bustle, invite island flavors to dinner with this simple yet satisfying Grilled Hawaiian Chicken and Coconut Rice. Remember, high quality doesn’t have to be high maintenance.

Ready in 10 minutes, Success Boil-in-Bag Basmati Rice is a quick, easy and mess-free option that is guaranteed to always cook right. It’s an appetizing addition to this tropic-inspired meal that can help you tackle hectic schedules without sacrificing flavor.

Find more ways to solve dinnertime dilemmas at SuccessRice.com.

Air-Fryer Bang Bang Chicken Tenders with Rice

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 1 pound chicken tenders
  • 1/2 cup sweet chili sauce, divided
  • 1/4 cup sriracha hot sauce, divided
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 bag Success Jasmine Rice
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 bag (12 ounces) coleslaw mix
  • 1/2 English cucumber, thinly sliced
  • toasted sesame seeds, for garnish (optional)
  • green onions, for garnish (optional)
  1. Toss chicken tenders with 2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce and 1 tablespoon sriracha. Drizzle with sesame oil.
  2. Preheat air-fryer to 400 F. In two batches, without overfilling basket, air fry chicken tenders, turning basket halfway during cook time, 10-12 minutes, or until chicken is golden brown and cooked through.
  3. Prepare rice according to package directions. Stir mayonnaise with remaining sweet chili sauce and sriracha until blended. In large bowl, toss coleslaw mix with 1/4 cup bang bang mayo sauce.
  4. Divide rice among four bowls. Top with chicken, coleslaw mix and cucumber. Drizzle with remaining bang bang mayo sauce.
  5. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds and green onions, if desired.

Grilled Hawaiian Chicken and Coconut Rice

Prep time: 5 minutes, plus 4 hours for marinating
Cook time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 4 chicken breasts, skinless and boneless
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup white onion, chopped
  • 1 bag Success Basmati Rice
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 4 pineapple rings
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut, shredded
  1. In 1-gallon bag, combine chicken with soy sauce, water, sesame oil, brown sugar, garlic and onion. Marinate in refrigerator about 4 hours.
  2. Heat grill to medium heat.
  3. Prepare rice according to package directions, replacing 2 cups water with coconut milk.
  4. Once finished marinating, remove chicken and pat dry. Grill about 7 minutes per side, or until internal temperature reaches 165 F.
  5. Pat pineapple rings dry and grill about 1 minute per side.
  6. Mix shredded coconut with rice. Place pineapples on top of chicken and serve with rice.


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