Cherry Salsa is another way to get a fruit serving into your diet without thinking that you are eating fruit. Drizzle it over fish or use it as a relish. Whatever you decide, it will be delicious.

Cherry SalsaPrep Time: 15 min
Ready In: 60 min

Servings: 8

Ingredients
1 cup Dark Sweet Cherries (frozen or fresh and pitted)
2 tbsp Basil, chopped
3 tbsp Green Bell Pepper, minced
1 tsp fresh Lemon Juice
1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
1/8 tsp Tabasco Sauce, or to taste
Salt, to taste (optional)

Directions
Chop cherries into small dice and combine with the remaining ingredients. Refrigerate at least 1 hour.

Tips & Notes
Cherries contain several natural substances that seem to fight cancer. One such compound, perillyl alcohol, binds to protein molecules to inhibit the growth signals that stimulate tumor development. In laboratory studies, this phytochemical has caused pancreatic tumors to regress. It has also shown the potential to help prevent cancers of the breast, lung, liver and skin.
Also found in cherries are anthocyanins, a class of compounds which act as potent antioxidants. These substances isolate certain destructive by-products of metabolism and usher them safely from the body.
Cherries also are a significant source of dietary fiber and potassium.
All fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans contain powerful natural disease-fighting substances, according to the AICR. They recommend a predominantly plant-based diet rich in a variety of these foods. Fruits and vegetables have been found to be particularly important to cancer prevention.
Five or more servings of fruits and vegetables are recommended each day for optimum health benefits. According to national surveys, however, the average American gets two to three.
Cherries can be much more than pie filling. Fresh sweet cherries make a quick, easy snack. They can be pitted and thrown into waffles, pancakes or muffins. Dried cherries can be tossed into salads, sprinkled over yogurt and cereal, or added to meatloaf.
Tart cherries (also known as sour or pie cherries) are seldom sold fresh. They are smaller, softer and generally too sour to eat raw. Instead, they are canned or frozen for use in pie fillings or sauces.
Cherry salsa can be a spicy-sweet condiment for chicken, turkey or pork. Or try it as a side dish, or as a dip with crackers, preferably whole-grain.

Nutritional Information Per Serving
Calories: 29
Total Fat: 0g
Saturated Fat: 0g
Carbohydrate: 7g
Protein: less than 1g
Dietary Fiber: less than 1g
Sodium: 7mg

Source: AICR

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