This Holiday Ditch the Can and Eat Fresh Cranberries


Fresh Cranberry Sauce

Many families indulge in cranberry sauce around the holiday table, and it’s delicious flavor complements many tasty holiday dishes, from ham to turkey. However, instead of grabbing a can of cranberry sauce for your holiday, go the healthy route and choose fresh cranberries as you celebrate the holiday season.

Why ditch the can? Unfortunately, canned cranberry sauce is often packed with unhealthy ingredients, such as sugar and high fructose corn syrup. Cranberries have many great health benefits, but they are often lost when they are processed and made into canned cranberry sauce.

What are the health benefits of cranberries? Cranberries are a great source of both vitamin C and vitamin A. They are also packed with antioxidants and flavonoids that help to fight cancer while reducing the risk of stroke and heart disease. Cranberries contain plenty of fiber, which keeps you feeling full, improves digestion, and even helps to lower levels of bad cholesterol.

One of the great things about raw cranberries is that they are low in calories. You can have an entire cup of raw cranberries for just 47 calories, yet they offer 4 grams of fiber. 

Use fresh cranberries and make your own cranberry sauce this year. However, you can use fresh cranberries for more than just cranberry sauce. Enjoy adding them to cobblers, chutneys, pies, relishes, muffins, and more. Their tart flavor is perfect with meat, and they also taste amazing with many other fruits, such as apples, pears, and other berries. 

If you want to chop frozen or fresh cranberries, place them in a food processor that has a metal blade and pulse until chopped. Avoid over-processing the cranberries. When you are cooking cranberries, remove them from the heat as soon as they pop. This keeps them from becoming bitter and mushy.

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