Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce - It's Just Better

Bowl Filled with Fresh Cranberry Sauce

Aw, the Holidays are just around the corner. The perfect time for everyone to show us up with their exquisite cooking skills. But not today.

What if there was an item you could bring to the table that was homemade, fresh, and loaded with benefits? You got it? That's right.. fresh homemade cranberry sauce.

 For someone who doesn’t cook or bake regularly, anything beyond spreading mustard on bread or boiling some spaghetti can sound intimidating. Cookbooks are supposed to make things easier, but just scanning the list of ingredients and cooking jargon is enough to go back to the ramen. But something as delicious as cranberry sauce is easier than you think. If more people knew how easy it was to make, fewer people would settle for that jiggly can-shaped version that’s loaded with our enemy; added sugars.

 Health Benefits of Fresh Cranberries

Fresh cranberries have vitamins such as C and A, as well as useful antioxidants. Antioxidants and flavonoids found in cranberries have been found to reduce the risk of cancer and promote a healthy heart. A cup of fresh cranberries includes only 47 calories, and offers 4 grams of fiber and 0.4 grams for protein. With no saturated fat or cholesterol, it also only has 0.2 grams of fat, and 1 milligram of sodium.

So here’s the thing. With so many benefits in this tasty-tart berry, why not add it to your holiday meal without the high fructose corn syrup to spoil it all? 

It’s so easy to make. All you have to do is grab a 12 ounce bag of fresh cranberries from your local farmer’s market or grocery store, bring 1 cup of water and cup of sugar to boil, then add the berries, and simmer till they’ve all popped. Let it cool, and taste the perfection you’ll soon be presenting to the whole family. You can also lessen the amount of sugar to your taste, or find recipes with sugar alternatives instead.

And there it is; a healthier, tastier holiday in minutes!


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