WHATS THANKSGIVING WITHOUT CRANBERRIES! WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THIS COLORFUL HOLIDAY FOOD TRADITION!

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Cranberries are considered to be a superfood because of their high nutrient and antioxidant content. Research has linked the many nutrients in cranberries to a lower risk of urinary tract infections. It helps improve immune function and decreases blood pressure. Cranberry sauce has become a staple at the holidays but should be enjoyed all year long. During the season from mid-September to mid-November cranberries reach their peak of color, that beautiful crimson red. 

We know cranberry sauce as a staple at the holidays, but cranberries are a superfood that you should enjoy all year round. Cranberries have vitamin C and fiber and contain potassium and calcium. 

The traditional cranberry sauce is made with processed white sugar. The effects of processed sugar intake contribute to higher blood pressure, inflammation of the gut, weight gain diabetes, and fatty liver disease. All are linked to an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

I use organic pure maple syrup to sweeten my cranberry sauce. Research has shown that eating maple syrup causes a lower rise in blood glucose (sugar levels) than white sugar, brown rice syrup, or corn syrup, and has a low glycemic index. The lower a food’s glycemic index, the slower blood sugar rises after eating that food. 🙂 So go ahead and enjoy the cranberry sauce. you can also use this same recipe for a dessert. Use it over Coconut Bliss, non-dairy ice cream! So good! 🙂

I used Coconut Bliss non-dairy ice cream and used cranberry sauce on top to make this delicious dessert!

INGREDIENTS

1-16 ounce bag of organic cranberries

3/4 cups of organic mango nectar, if you can’t find mango nectar you can use fresh orange juice

1/2 cup of organic pure maple syrup

2 tablespoon of orange zest

12 walnuts chopped coarsely

6 fresh mint leaves, chopped

DIRECTIONS

 

Rinse and drain the cranberries

Place the cranberries into a saucepot with the mango Nector or orange juice, maple syrup, and bring to a boil. When you hear the cranberries begin to pop cook for 8 to 10 minutes more.

Remove the heat and let cool to room temperature, it will start to thicken. Place in the refrigerator to cool for two hours! Cranberry Sauce will continue to thicken

When ready to serve, add the orange zest, walnuts, and mint leaves

If you have leftover cranberry sauce you can use it on a dessert or in sandwiches!

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