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Satiating tart cravings
March 2, 2014, 11:46 am

Sour foods, such as those detailed below, are believed to stimulate digestion, improve circulation, boost energy, strengthen the heart, sharpen the senses and nourish the vital tissues, so why not include some of them in your daily diet.

Tart Cherries: Bursting with Vitamin C and antioxidants, tart cherries one of nature’s most potent pain relievers.  Thaw, frozen cherries and then spice them up with cinnamon, cloves, ginger and orange zest and spoon the mixture onto oatmeal. Or try 100 percent tart cherry juice found bottled in most health food stores.

Pink Grapefruit:  Filled with Vitamin C and lycopene, which is linked to protection against heart disease and prostate cancer, pink grapefruit, has also been shown to slash LDL cholesterol by 20 percent in 30 days. Top roasted grapefruit is great with herbed feta and chopped nuts, and pair well with whole grain crackers for a hearty snack.

Plain Yogurt: With no added sugar in them, plain yogurt provides fewer calories and more protein. The probiotic bacteria in them also help with better digestion, immunity and a reduction in inflammation.  Add savory herbs to yogurt as a dip with crudites, or fold in fresh grated ginger or mint and layer parfait style with fresh fruit, toasted oats and sliced almonds. Go organic if you can, which means the yogurt is made from hormone-free and antibiotic-free cows that were fed a pesticide-free vegetarian diet. For those who need to avoid dairy  the same beneficial bacteria are used to make soy and coconut milk yogurts.

Sauerkraut: This fermented dish is high in Vitamin C and contains potent anti-cancer properties. Sauerkraut is great as a topping for roasted skin-on potatoes, fish or as an addition to an open-faced whole grain sandwich.

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