MISSION, Kan., Aug. 31, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- (Family Features) When it comes to nutritious eating, finding and creating tasty yet healthy recipes is key for many people.
One delicious and nutritious ingredient to add to a variety of dishes: U.S.-grown Montmorency tart cherries, which are abundant in anthocyanins – a natural compound that contributes to the ruby-red color, distinctive sweet-tart taste and is also behind the potential health benefits.
Consider these five ways to incorporate Montmorency tart cherries into your daily routine to help with sleep, inflammation, exercise recovery, heart health and gut health. Find more information and recipes at ChooseCherries.com.
1. Have that good gut-feeling: Gut health has been the focus of multiple studies in recent years to maintain digestive health. In a first-of-its-kind study published in the "Journal of Biochemistry," Montmorency tart cherries helped positively impact the gut microbiome – a collection of trillions of bacteria and other microbes that live in the intestinal tract. To help shape and maintain your gut health, add an 8-ounce serving of Montmorency tart cherry juice to your daily diet or try blending this Montmorency Tart Cherry Matcha Smoothie.
2. Catch more zzz's: With more than 50 million adults in the U.S. suffering from sleep or wakefulness disorders, a natural and flavorful remedy may help. One study, published in the "American Journal of Therapeutics," extended sleep time by 84 minutes after study participants consumed Montmorency tart cherry juice for two weeks. This Tart Cherry Moon Milk is one way to add tart cherry juice before bed.
3. Make workout gains, not pains: Muscle soreness and pain associated after a tough workout is no longer something to dread. A study from "Medicine in Science and Sports Exercise" showed a reduction in muscle damage after intensive strength training from participants who consumed Montmorency tart cherry juice in comparison to a placebo. Whip up some Tart Cherry Power Gummies for a snack to power up before or after workouts.
4. Help ease arthritis and gout: Many Americans seek natural ways to help manage pain that don't evoke potential side effects. Research indicates that U.S.-grown Montmorency tart cherries, like those found in this Tart Cherry Granola Smoothie Bowl, may help naturally reduce inflammation related to arthritis and gout.
5. Keep your heart on beat: Adding more fruits packed with heart-healthy compounds is a great way to help your heart keep beating at its best. Montmorency tart cherries are a natural heart-healthy fruit that may lower blood pressure, reduce risk of stroke and decrease cholesterol levels. Incorporate them in a lunch like this Kale Quinoa Montmorency Tart Cherry Salad.
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Not getting enough kip can make it hard to concentrate and lead to memory problems. Research also links it with Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity.
In an exclusive extract, we choose five recipes from her book that promote a healthy diet and sleep.
Seedy crisp cracker thins
TOP these with hummus or cheese, which contain tryptophan, an essential amino acid which regulates our mood and has a natural sedative effect.
The healthy carbs in the crackers will help speed up its absorption into your bloodstream.
(Makes 12 crackers)
150g rye flour; 100g wholemeal flour, plus extra for dusting; ½ tsp baking powder; 1tsp fine sea salt; 5 tbsp olive oil; 150ml water; 85g pumpkin seeds and/or sesame seeds.
METHOD: Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/gas 6. Heat some non-stick baking sheets in the preheated oven. Put the flours, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre and pour in 4 tbsp of olive oil and the water. Mix to a soft dough. Knead with your hands on a floured surface until smooth.
Roll out as thinly as possible with a rolling pin, brush with remaining olive oil and sprinkle with seeds.
Fold the dough over and roll the seeds into it. Knead lightly and divide into 12 pieces. Roll out each one thinly again.
Remove the hot baking sheets from the oven and arrange the dough thins on them. Bake in batches for ten to 12 minutes.
Cool on a wire rack and store in an airtight container for up to five days.
1 x 1.5kg oven-ready chicken; 1 large onion, diced; 3 carrots, diced; 2 leeks, trimmed and shredded; 4 celery sticks, diced; 2 garlic cloves, crushed; 2 bay leaves; 3 fresh thyme sprigs; 1.8 litres water; 225g vermicelli noodles; Juice of ½ lemon (optional); 1 large bunch flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped; sea salt and black pepper.
METHOD: Put chicken in a large saucepan. Add the veg, garlic, bay leaves and thyme. Pour in water, season and bring to the boil on high heat.
Reduce to a simmer and partially cover with a lid. Cook gently for two hours, until veg is tender and the meat falls off the bone.
Remove chicken from pan and set aside until cool enough to handle.
Discard skin, cut meat into pieces and return it to soup with the noodles and most of the parsley.
Simmer until the noodles are cooked. Remove bay leaves, stir in lemon juice and serve with remaining parsley.
Prawn and spinach linguine
PRAWNS contain the calming amino acid tryptophan, while spinach provides a good source of magnesium, which relaxes the muscles and helps steadies the heart’s rhythm.
500g wholemeal linguine; 2 tbsp olive oil; 4 garlic cloves, crushed; 1 bunch fresh parsley, chopped; grated zest and juice of a lemon; 120ml white wine; 400g raw, peeled large prawns; 300g baby spinach leaves; salt and black pepper.
METHOD: Cook pasta to the instructions on the packet and drain. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large frying pan set over a low heat.
Cook the garlic for one minute. Add half the parsley, plus the lemon zest, juice and wine. Turn up the heat and bubble until the sauce reduces (about five minutes).
Add the prawns and cook for one to two minutes.
Turn and cook the other side. Stir in the remaining parsley and spinach. Season to taste.
Add the cooked linguine and gently toss everything together.
Cherry, oat and almond crumble
CHERRIES boost melatonin levels which regulate your sleep cycle and help relieve insomnia. Oats are a good source of magnesium.
900g cherries, stoned – keep a little juice; 4 tbsp caster sugar; 3 tbsp water; 2 tsp cornflour; lemon juice; creme fraiche or ice cream. For the crumble: 85g butter; 150g plain flour; 60g rolled oats; 4 tbsp ground almonds; 60g brown sugar; 2 tbsp; pumpkin seeds; 3 tbsp flaked almonds.
METHOD: Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas 4. Put the cherries, sugar and water in a pan over a low heat and stir to dissolve the sugar.
Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for ten minutes. In a bowl, stir the cornflour into the reserved bit of cherry juice until smooth.
Add to the cherries and stir until it starts to thicken. Add a dash of lemon juice and spoon into a baking dish.
For the crumble, rub the butter into the flour with your fingers until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the oats, ground almonds, sugar and pumpkin seeds.
Sprinkle with 2 to 3tsp cold water and stir to create small clumps. Spoon on top of the cherries and sprinkle with flaked almonds.
Bake for 30-35 minutes. Serve with creme fraiche or ice cream.
SOURCE: See more recipes here: https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/food/7041413/recipes-help-sleep-book/
There’s a saying that says our nails, hair, and skin often tell us how healthy we are, and are signs of how healthy our diet is. Foods that inflame our cells and cause a breakdown and end up tearing apart the collagen, keratin, and elastin that provide supple skin, strong and silky hair, and strong, fast-growing nails. Toxic overload, stress, and poor diet all contribute to lackluster skin, dry and brittle hair, and brittle nails that never seem to grow. There are 5 Everyday Superfoods For Your Nails, Hair, and Skin and those are oats, almonds, raw organic pumpkin seeds, orange root veggies, and greens.
1. Almond Lover’s Hummus
Almonds are rich in Vitamin E, a natural antioxidant that supports collagen production and provides anti-inflammatory benefits for the body. Almonds also contain a large amount of plant-based protein, rich in amino acids that are needed to support collagen growth and strengthen the body. Almonds are also a great source of calcium, which provides nutritional support for our bones, hair, skin, teeth, and nails. You should try this delicious Almond Lover’s Hummus.
2. How To Make Homemade Almond Butter
Learn How To Make Homemade Almond Butter, so you can use it anytime you want. Soaking the almonds neutralizes the enzyme inhibitors and increases beneficial enzymes. You don’t really know if this step has been taken when you buy store bought almond butter, so when you make it yourself, you know it’s as nutritious as possible.
3. Protein Rich Green Smoothie
Your body soaks up the nutrients from green foods like a magical nutritional sponge! Vitamins A, C, E, K, and even B vitamins and iron are all provided to your body when you eat leafy greens. Green foods such as spinach, broccoli, kale, watercress, and collards also contain a good amount of calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Try this Protein Rich Green Smoothie!
4. Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Chickpeas, Kale, Sprouts, and Seeds
Purple sprouting broccoli is in season and a perfect addition to a winter vegetable plate. The vegetable provides many benefits, including Vitamin A and C, iron, fiber, and calcium. If you can’t find purple sprouting broccoli, no problem, replace them with regular broccoli. Try this Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Chickpeas, Kale, Sprouts, and Seeds!
5. Sweet Potato Salad
Sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkin, and winter squash all contain high amounts of Vitamin A which support your nails, hair, and skin as well. These foods are also rich in Vitamin C, an anti-oxidant that lower stress which can weaken collagen, elastin, and keratin in the body. Vitamin C also acts as an antioxidant to combat free radical production that can lead to aging. So, try this delicious and easy Sweet Potato Salad.
6. Roasted Veggies With Buttery Garlic and Spinach Salad
9. Roasted Cauliflower and Coconut Overnight Porridge Pots
Oats are one of the most inexpensive superfoods you can eat. Even if you don’t digest glutinous grains well, gluten-free oats are there to save you. Whole grains are important for most everyone’s diets. Opt for our Roasted Cauliflower and Coconut Overnight Porridge Pots. This make-ahead friendly and plant-based bowl is wonderfully creamy, sweet, and belly-filling in all the right ways.
(Healthline) The popular uses range from teeth whitening to acne prevention, but here are some health benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar you probably didn't know about. Packaged bottles ofApple Cider Vinegar (ACV)are quickly disappearing off supermarket shelves due to its recent surge in popularity. Despite this, the list of benefits has been known for a long time - as far back as 5000 B.C. In ancient Greece,Hippocratesprescribed it mixed with honey as a cure for coughs and common cold. ACV is made from fermented apple cider to produce raw enzymes and probiotics. This natural helper has been said to keep blood sugar in check, amp up weight loss and even improve the appearance of acne and scarring. Prescribed dosage: One or two tablespoons of ACV in a cup of water for injestion. For skin care, mix equal parts of water and ACV i.e. the same amount of ACV and water.
Below are eight benefits of taking ACV that are supported by scientific research.
A spoon of apple cider vinegar is rich enough in high acetic acid to prevent germ growth that cause nasal congestion. It also contains potassium which thins mucus, thereby, giving your immune system a quick boost when you’re feeling under the weather.
2. High in acetic acid, ACV can kill many types of harmful bacteria
ACV can act as a disinfectant and natural preservative as it can help kill pathogens, including bacteria. Traditionally, it has been used for cleaning and disinfecting wounds, treating nail fungus, lice, warts, ear infections, etc.
Vinegar can also be used as a natural way to preserve food because it inhibits bacteria from growing in food and spoiling it.
Each tablespoon contains just 3–5 calories and very minimal sugar.
The acetic acid increases satiety and suppresses your appetite, increases your metabolism, and reduces water retention. If paired with a high-carb meal, you get increased feelings of fullness and can take in substantially less calories over the course of the day. Although the amount of weight loss from ACV is minimal, it is still encouraged to go along with healthy diet and an active lifestyle.
4. Lowers cholesterol levels
A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition in 2006 found that rats who had acetic acid, the main component of ACV, in their diets lowered their bad cholesterol (LDL) and raised their good cholesterol (HDL). Another research, published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry in 2011, also discovered that ACV can help control triglycerides.
ACV also acts as a natural toner. Mix equal parts of the vinegar and water, and apply by dabbing with a cotton ball. Leave for a while and then rinse. The malic acid in ACV contains antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties that keep the skin clean, balanced and free of acne while encouraging it to heal itself. The mixture helps to even out skin tone, balance skin pH and even battle breakouts.
6. Maintains pH balance
Acid-alkaline balance is essential and the body is constantly striving to achieve that equilibrium state. So many bodily functions occur at a particular pH level so a simple small change in pH can have a profound effect on body functioning. As most people are acidic in nature, consuming ACV with meals has an alkalizing effect on the body, thereby keeping the balance needed for healthy living.
Also, ACV is rich in probiotics which ward off vaginal yeast infections, urogenital infections, and bacterial vaginosis by keeping the vaginal microbiome and pH in balance.
7. Prevents Indigestions and boosts gut health
Beneficial bacteria contained in apple cider vinegar can enhance the health of your digestive system and improved ability to digest and absorb nutrients. A glass of properly diluted ACV can also aid relieve upset stomachs, diarrhoea, intestinal spasms thanks to its antibiotic properties.
8. Relieves heartburn
Heartburns are a result of low levels of stomach acids. Taking a diluted shot of ACV right before meals can increase levels of stomach acid to prevent backflow into the esophagus and reduce symptoms of heartburn.