Get ready for Thanksgiving: Crazy for Cranberries

I love the fall. Growing up in upstate New York I fall in love each fall with the changing leaves, scent of burning wood, the multi orange hues everywhere, and ohhhh yes, cranberries and apples are back in season. What could be better? 

There’s a ton of ways to use apples and they are the base of most juices, shakes, and smoothies. But what about the cranberry? Cranberries are super versatile, not to mention a super-fruit. Their tart taste is filled with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer properties. They are also low in calories but high in vitamin-C and potassium. So on top of them being yummy, they are super good for you.

Now I know people love them on Thanksgiving Day but I love them on cold fall days a few different ways.

·      One of my favorites is taking a bag of cranberries and using fresh squeezed orange juice, boil them up and let them simmer until they are thick. Then, once they are cooled down, I take a big scoop of that and add a tablespoon of Greek yogurt and some crushed almonds to it. Super, super yummy.

  • Another favorite is making the same concoction but putting it on a rice cracker smeared with a tablespoon of almond butter. Are you drooling yet? Wait, I’ve got another one to try.
  • If you are a smoothie fan, I like adding a large handful of kale (something else I’m crazy for), ½ banana, ¼ cup of Greek yogurt, 1 cup of apple juice (or orange juice), ½ squeezed lemon, 2 tbsp of honey and ¼ to ½ cup of raw cranberries. Blend, add ice and blend more.
  • I also love taking almond or coconut milk, ½ cup of cranberries, a few drops of stevia, ice, and 1 apple or peach as a super smoothie too. Honey is a great addition too if you like it a little sweeter. I like tart stuff so I don’t add too much of the sweet stuff. If you like spicy, a few drops of cayenne and ginger in any of the mixes up top are super add-ons for a little extra kick of flavor and anti-inflammatory potency.

So get your sweaters out for the fall and get to the grocery store soon. The bags disappear by December but they last for months in the fridge so buy a few bags. They last. You can even freeze them up to a year if you want them all year long.

Enjoy the holiday season and get crazy for cranberries!

 

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