Healthy 05 February 2019

Help Fight Inflammation with Food

(Family Features) On top of being tasty, certain foods contain specific nutrients and natural compounds that may help fight inflammation, a condition linked to arthritis and gout. With that in mind, try heading to the fridge or pantry the next time you feel joint pain, swelling or stiff knees.

Colorful fruits and vegetables, including ruby red tart cherries and dark leafy greens like spinach and kale, are among the most powerful anti-inflammatory foods, along with oily fish (salmon, sardines and scallops), nuts, seeds and whole grains. Ingredients such as ginger, turmeric and olive oil may also help combat inflammation.

For an inflammation-fighting boost, Montmorency tart cherries contain the “highest anti-inflammatory content of any food,” according to research conducted at Oregon Health & Science University. Results show that cherry intake can help reduce blood levels of gout-causing uric acid and reduce the painful symptoms of osteoarthritis. Research also shows that Montmorency tart cherry juice can reduce post-exercise inflammation and muscle pain.  

“For decades, people with arthritis and gout have consumed tart cherry juice for pain relief. Now there’s scientific evidence to back up this popular folklore remedy,” said registered dietitian Michelle Babb, author of “Anti-Inflammatory Eating Made Easy.” “Since Montmorency tart cherries are one of the richest sources of anthocyanins, a potent type of flavonoid, they can offer a natural way to help ease the pain related to arthritis and gout.”

To help fight inflammation with food, try this recipe for Bay Scallop, Baby Kale and Corn Salad with Tart Cherry Granola, which is packed with anti-inflammatory ingredients. Learn more about the research on Montmorency tart cherries and inflammation, and find more recipes, at choosecherries.com.

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Bay Scallop, Baby Kale and Corn Salad with Tart Cherry Granola

Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Total time: 45 minutes
Yield: 1 salad

Savory Granola:

  • 1/3       cup oats
  • 1/3       cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4       cup sunflower seeds
  • 2          tablespoons buckwheat groats
  • 2          tablespoons pepitas
  • 1/4       cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2          tablespoons honey
  • 1          tablespoon spicy brown mustard
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1/4       cup dried Montmorency tart cherries

Dressing:

  • 1          shallot, minced
  • 3          tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2          tablespoons dried Montmorency tart cherries
  • 2          tablespoons Montmorency tart cherry juice
  • 1          tablespoon spicy brown mustard
  • 2          teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1          teaspoon honey
  • salt
  • pepper

Salad:

  • 10        ounces baby kale
  • 1          grilled ear of corn, kernels sliced off
  • 1          cup sprouts (alfalfa or microgreens)
  • 1/2       tablespoon butter
  • 8          ounces bay scallops, patted dry
  1. To make savory granola: Heat oven to 350° F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or baking mat.
  2. In large bowl, combine oats, walnuts, sunflower seeds, buckwheat groats and pepitas. In small bowl, whisk together olive oil, honey, mustard, salt and pepper.
  3. Pour wet ingredients into large bowl and toss until well combined.
  4. Spread mixture onto baking sheet in single layer and bake 18-20 minutes, tossing once halfway through, until granola starts to turn golden brown and crispy around edges.
  5. Remove from oven, add cherries, toss to combine, spread into single layer and let cool.
  6. To make dressing: In food processor, process shallot, olive oil, cherries, cherry juice, mustard, vinegar, honey, salt and pepper until smooth.
  7. To make salad: Place kale, corn kernels and sprouts in large bowl; set aside.
  8. In large skillet over medium-high heat, melt butter. Once hot, add scallops and cook until golden and starting to caramelize on one side. Flip and repeat on other side.
  9. Add scallops to large salad bowl. Pour dressing over top and toss until well combined.
  10. Break up granola into small pieces and add to salad bowl. Toss lightly before serving.

Source: Cherry Marketing Institute

Beverages 05 February 2019

Natural Ways to Get a Good Night’s Rest

(Family Features) With nearly one-third of Americans suffering from sleep disturbances, according to research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, now is the time to rethink your bedtime routine and consider more natural ways to get a good night’s rest.

However, implementing those changes doesn’t have to mean overhauling the way you live. Consider these simple tips that can help you sleep better and longer:

Set a comfortable temperature. Making changes in different aspects of your life to achieve better sleep is a fine plan, but it may not make much difference if you aren’t comfortable in your own bed. Be sure to maximize comfort for a full night of sleep by finding a temperature that works for you, but in general, the National Sleep Foundation recommends a bedroom temperature between 60-67 degrees F.

Tweak your diet. Making simple changes to what you eat and drink can be a positive health-conscious decision, including helping you get better sleep. For example, Montmorency tart cherries, which are available year-round, are one of the few natural food sources of melatonin, a sleep-regulating hormone. New research from the American Journal of Therapeutics shows that insomniacs who drank U.S.-grown Montmorency tart cherry juice for two weeks extended sleep time by 84 minutes.

Consuming two 8-ounce glasses of Montmorency tart cherry juice as part of your daily diet, once in the morning and once at night, can help enhance your sleep time and efficiency. It can also be added to your favorite morning smoothie or a soothing nighttime beverage, such as this Tart Cherry Moon Milk. For additional information and recipes, visit ChooseCherries.com.

Try bedtime yoga. Rather than scrolling on your smartphone or staring at the TV, consider a different routine before heading to bed. Implementing a brief yoga session is one way to clear your mind each night prior to getting quality shut-eye.

While missing out on quality sleep can negatively impact your health, simple changes to your lifestyle and diet can play a role in improving the quality and duration of sleep.  
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Tart Cherry Moon Milk

Recipe courtesy of Amanda Paa of Heartbeet Kitchen
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1-2 

  • 6          ounces almond milk
  • 4          ounces Montmorency tart cherry juice
  • 1          tablespoon honey or maple syrup
  • 1/2       teaspoon ashwaganda (Indian ginseng)
  • dried culinary rose petals
  1. In small pot, heat almond milk and tart cherry juice over medium heat.
  2. Remove from heat and whisk in honey and ashwaganda. Top with rose petals and drink warm.

Note: For a more frothy beverage, blend mixture in blender before topping with rose petals.

Source: Cherry Marketing Institute

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