Friday, November 30, 2018

Cranberries!

I'm guessing most of you had some cranberries last week as part of your Thanksgiving dinner. I enjoy cranberry sauce, too, but have recently found that cranberries are not just for sauce. Include them in your weekly meal plan  - they'll add variety and a little tart surprise to your meals.

Cranberries are a healthy addition to your diet due to their high nutrient and antioxidant content. They are often referred to as a "super food." Half a cup of cranberries contains only 25 calories. They are high in vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin K. They also contain proanthocyanidins (PACs), an antioxidant that may help prevent a range of diseases, especially cardiovascular disease. Cranberry may help prevent Streptococcus mutans (an oral bacteria that contributes to tooth decay and cavities) from sticking to teeth, according to a 2015 study.

Dried sweetened cranberries are a special sweet treat. Try these ideas for incorporating fresh unsweetened cranberries into your day. The tart flavor will add sparkle to your meal.

*Add to your morning smoothie

*Mix sliced cranberries with vanilla yogurt

*Add to a chicken and spinach salad at lunchtime

*Roast with cubed butternut squash. Top with a little feta.

*Try this recipe for acorn squash and cranberries.


Stay Active, Keep Moving and
Enjoy Your Cranberries This Week

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