Cool Off With Cherry Limeade and Whole Foods

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Cherry Limeade by Whole Foods Market

Makes 8 servings


1 ½ pound cherries (about 6 cups), pitted, divided

1 cup Swerve Sugar Replacer(in place of 1 cup sugar)

¾ cup lime juice, plus 2 teaspoons finely grated lime zest

Sparkling water (optional)

1 lime, cut into wedges


Put 1 pound of the cherries, Swerve, and 1 ½ cups water into a medium pot; cover and simmer over medium heat (reducing heat, as needed, to maintain a simmer) until cherries are very tender and have made a fragrant syrup, about 20 minutes. Set aside to let cool and then purée in a blender with lime juice and zest.

To make each glass of limeade, pour about ½ cup of the cherry-lime syrup and ¾ cup still or sparkling water over ice in a tall glass. Stir well and then top with a small handful of the remaining cherries, garnish with a lime wedge and serve.



Nutrition Facts per Serving:

55 calories, 0 fat, 0 saturated fat, 0 sodium, 14 grams carbohydrate, 2 grams fiber, 10 grams sugar, 1 gram protein

Using Swerve in place of sugar saves 96 calories and 25 grams of sugar per drink





Cherry Fest Friday, July 11 – Sunday, July 13

Whole Foods Market Louisiana stores to celebrate the peak of stone fruit season


WHAT:           The Whole Foods Market Louisiana stores are celebrating stone fruit season with Cherry Fest featuring high quality, peak-of-season cherries. Team members from each department will sample an array of cherry recipes in addition to the activities listed below. Cherry Fest is free and open to the community.


WHEN:           Friday, July 11 – Sunday, July 13

12 to 5 p.m. daily


WHERE:                  Whole Foods Market Arabella Station, 5600 Magazine St., (504) 899-9119

Available Friday through Sunday: selfie cherry photo booth and cherry case raffle (enter at the store)


Whole Foods Market Broad St., 300 N. Broad St., (504) 434-3364

Sampling and recipe sharing all three days


Whole Foods Market Veterans, 3420 Veterans Blvd., (504) 888-8225

Friday: enter to win a jar of cherries by guessing the number of cherries in the jar; cherry smoothie pop-up 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., $4 each


Saturday: guests vote on team cook-off 12 to 3 p.m. and are entered to win a $50 gift card.


Sunday: live music with Los Tres Amigos 12 to 3 p.m. and Health Starts Here-themed cherry demonstration 2 to 5 p.m.





Cherry Tips from Whole Foods Market:

Pick ‘em. Pick your cherries with green stems without brown patches or bruising. Cherries should be plump and firm and not wrinkled or shrunken.


  • Pit ‘em. Hack it old school and use a glass bottle with an opening smaller than the cherry and a chopstick. Simply place the cherry stem side down in the class bottle and punch the chopstick through the middle. Learn more ways here.

Bake ‘em. There is nothing like a pie with peak-of-the-season cherries. Try making scones or cake as well!


  • Freeze ‘em. To freeze cherries, remove pits and stems, and then spread in a single layer on a parchment-paper-lined baking sheet. Once they are frozen solid, transfer to a freezer-safe storage container. Perfect for smoothies!


  • Preserve ‘em. Cherries can last up to a week after purchase; make some jam after that!


  • Dry ‘em. To dry cherries, remove pits and stems, and then spread on a parchment-paper-lined baking sheet, or on an oiled rack fitted into a rimmed baking sheet. Bake in 200°F oven for several hours (possibly 6-8), until cherries are dried and wrinkly. This makes an easy lunchbox snack or granola addition.


Cherry Pie


By Carolyn Ketchum of www.alldayi