Have you noticed bags of beautiful red berries in the produce department of your local grocery store? Did you know that those are fresh cranberries, a great food to add to your diet? According to The George Mateljan Foundation for The World's Healthiest Foods, cranberries are high in antioxidants and phytonutrients that provide anit-inflammatory and anti-cancer benefits. One cup of fresh cranberries has 5 grams of fiber, 90 mg of potassium and 25% of the Daily Value for vitamin C according to the SparkPeople Nutritional Tracker.
Incorporating cranberries into your cooking is easier than you might think. Use a food processor to chop them into small pieces and pop them in the freezer. There is no need to defrost them before you cook. Cranberries add a nice tartness to your favorite salad, side dish, or sweeten a main course with cranberry relish. If you can’t find fresh cranberries, dried cranberries are a great substitute and are available year around. Dried cranberries can be used in place or raisins or nuts in any recipe. Make sure you use dried cranberries in moderation as a single serving has 123 calories and 26g of sugar.
I’ve gathered some of my favorite cranberry recipes from SparkRecipes for your health and enjoyment. Ditch the canned processed cranberry sauce and cut the calories and sugar by using fresh cranberries in your cooking this holiday season.
Chef Meg's Cranberry Relish
Chef Meg's Cranberry-Orange Creme Brulee
Cranberry Pomegranate Salad Dressing
Roasted Butternut Squash with Cranberries
Oatmeal, steel cut, nuts, cranberries, apples, honey. Mare's recipe.
Edamame with Cranberries, Feta and Basil
Pork Meatloaf Apple & Cranberries
Cranberry Nut Bread
Crustless Cranberry Pie
Do you eat cranberries? What is your favorite cranberry recipe?
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