With Thanksgiving around the corner, wouldn’t you rather have fresh, preservative-free, homemade cranberry sauce?
The bright color livens up any dinner table and its loaded with vitamin C and fiber. Although cranberries are a staple at the holidays, they are a superfood that you should enjoy all year round.
With only 45 calories per cup, cranberries outrank nearly every fruit and veggies packed with disease-fighting antioxidants.
For many years researchers believed cranberries juice helped prevent urinary tract infections due to the strong acidity of the berry. Recent research shows that’s it not the acidity of the cranberry that prevented the UTI’s. Rather cranberries contain proanthocyandins (PACs) that can prevent certain bacterial associated with urinary tract infections as a barrier to the urinary tract wall.
Also within the past 5 years, sciences have identified an increasing number of mechanisms that help explain the anti-cancer properties of cranberries as well. Check out a great homemade cranberry sauce recipe below on how you can use those powerful little super foods as a healthy side dish for your Thanksgiving dinner!
Recipe adapated from: Whole Foods
Makes 3 cups, about 12 servings
Experience the tart fresh flavor of raw cranberries with this super simple condiment that comes together in minutes. Perfect alongside savory mains and sides, this sauce makes a zingy addition to your breakfast table, too.
Method: Place dates in a small bowl and cover with boiling water. Let sit 15 minutes to soften. Drain dates and place in a food processor. Add cranberries and orange juice, and process until evenly chopped. Chill until ready to serve. Keeps refrigerated up to 3 days.