Beyoncé + Jay-Z Vegan Challenge Day 5. Blow: Lavender Cherry Compote

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Day 5! I’m here in sunny err rainy California and – no surprise – finding tasty vegan food has been no trouble at all. 

The fifth song on the album, Blow, is a very suggestive song – but hey – cherries are good for you! And, it’s pretty clear that Beyonce’s life is a bowl full of cherries.

There are many health benefits for cherries, but I’ll give you 4:

1. Cherries fight against cancer: Cherries get their sexy deep red color from flavonoids: powerful antioxidants that fight free radicals in the body and helps keep cancerous cells from growing out of control.

2. They help you sleep: Instead of popping a melatonin before bed, drink cherry juice instead. Two tablespoons of cherry juice is just as effective as a melatonin supplement.

3. They lower blood pressure: One cup of cherries has the same amount of potassium as a banana which helps to lower blood pressure by getting rid of the excess sodium in our body.

4. They keep you fit: Beyonce must be aware of cherries’ body benefits because eating them leads to healthy weight loss (like after having a baby) and they help you keep it off.  Cherries are low in calories (~100 calories per serving) but high in filling fiber. Also, they are packed with metabolism boosting vitamin B.

beyonce vegan challenge

February on the East coast definitely isn’t cherry season, so I used frozen cherries with a hint of lavender (inspired by the photo above) for a richly sweet and healthy dessert. Turn that cherry out…

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Lavender Cherry Compote

  • 1 tbsp. Earth Balance
  • 1 tbsp. stevia
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried culinary lavender, crushed
  • 20 oz. frozen cherries (or fresh if in season)
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • A sprinkle of almond slices

Melt Earth Balance in a medium pan over medium-high heat. Add stevia, lavender, cherries, and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Simmer until cherries are warm. Serve immediately and garnish with almond slices.

Today’s Activity: Strap on some skates and visit a roller rink – if you can find one.

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