At Goodness Me!, we are celebrating cranberries! They are the perfect tart and sweet food to complement the harvest season. And we think you should be crazy about cranberries, too! Want to know why?
They have a very high nutrient and antioxidant content, making them a renowned superfood. They have been linked to the prevention and treatment of urinary tract infections and improved immune function, and even decreased blood pressure. Plus, they’re high in vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant and great for boosting immune function, and vitamin E, a fat-soluble antioxidant that helps fight free radicals. They are chock full of health benefits!
Cranberries are so versatile and easy to use. Whether you enjoy them dried in trail mixes, granola, or to top your salad, or fresh as a snack, in baked goods or to make cranberry sauce, there are plenty of ways to incorporate them into your everyday life. Here are a few of our favourites, including Sandy’s homemade cranberry sauce recipe!
FOR BREAKFAST: In Your Oatmeal Try making a delicious Cranberry Date Oatmealfor your next breakfast! We have a recipe that calls for dried cranberries, medjool dates, full fat yogurt, and cinnamon—all atop hearty oats. It’s delicious and filling with just the right amount of sweetness.
FOR A SNACK: In a Delicious Loaf! Cranberries are a great complement to oranges. The next time you’re in the mood for baking, how about a Cranberry Orange Nut Loaf? Made with spelt flour, orange zest and juice, fresh cranberries, and pecans, it’s the perfect mixture of sweet and tart in a delicious filling loaf. Perfect for a snack or dessert, kids and adults alike will eat it up.
FOR REFRESHMENT: In a Thanksgiving Punch Another tried-and-true favourite, this punchis a hit the next time you have family or friends over—or before serving thanksgiving dinner. A delicious mix of cranberry juice, pear cider, apple cider, fresh cranberries and cinnamon, it will keep your guests coming back for more.
FOR A TOPPING: In Cranberry Sauce Last but not least, cranberries star—of course—in homemade cranberry sauce. Check out Sandy Pomeroy’s delicious recipe for her best cranberry sauce ever, and enjoy making it for thanksgiving this year!
4 cups cranberries (fresh or frozen)
juice and rind of 1 Valencia orange
1 cup honey(or less)
In a saucepan combine cranberries and honey. Add orange juice and rind to cranberries. Bring to a boil and stir for about 10 – 15 minutes. Cranberries will pop and thicken. Let cool.
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