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SUPERFOODS: CRANBERRIES

Lori Wasserman - Author  | 
December 12, 2013
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These gorgeous little red berries are more than just a pretty accompaniment to Thanksgiving turkey.

Cranberries pack one heck of a nutritional punch! Loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants, you can enjoy them year round to boost your immune system.

A rich source of vitamin C and dietary fiber, cranberries are packed with healthy antioxidants and are used traditionally to help prevent urinary tract infections (if you’ve ever had one, you know how valuable cranberry juice is!). Recent studies have also linked consumption of cranberries and cranberry juice with healthy cholesterol levels, improved gastrointestinal health, and the prevention of kidney stones – all VERY good reasons to increase your intake no matter what the season!

CRANBERRIES

Fresh cranberries provide the most antioxidants and are in season from October through December. When purchasing fresh cranberries, look for those that are a deep red color and firm to the touch.

Thanks to the miracle of freezing, you can buy “fresh frozen” cranberries year round and use them in a host of recipes from sauces to muffins and everything in between. Grab some dried cranberries (look for the ones without coloring or sulfites), and toss them into a salad to jazz up your boring lunch. When buying cranberry juice, look for the unsweetened kind – you can always add some agave syrup or sugar to taste (try a squeeze of lemon for an extra punch).

For a cranberry relish that goes with everything from buttered toast and yogurt to grilled chicken and lamb, try this:

FRESH CRANBERRY RELISH

  • 1 package of fresh cranberries
  • 1 large orange
  • 3/4 cup Agave Syrup
  • 1 tablespoon orange liquor (optional)

In a food processor add whole cranberries and whole orange (with peel on). Blend until texture that is desired. Pour into bowl and add Agave and Orange liquor. Mix until blended. Place in refrigerator until chilled. This will last in the fridge for a week in an air-tight container.

Be creative and enjoy that holiday feeling year round!

 

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