You make cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving every year, but why stop there? Cranberries are incredibly nutritious, so keep eating them. In this post I will highlight how nutritious cranberries are, plus give you FIVE examples of where else you can use them.
Every Thanksgiving cranberry sauce is an absolute must on our menu and there is no can vs. homemade debate. We always make a very simple orange cranberry sauce with fresh organic cranberries, and everyone in my family enjoys it. However, I had purchased an extra bag this year to satisfy my, “just in case,” thought, and there they sat in my fridge, staring me down every time I opened it. Time start getting creative with cranberries and why not learn more about their nutritional value.
Cranberries Are Incredibly Nutritious
I figured cranberries were nutritious, I mean look at that color. Of course I knew us ladies drank cranberry juice for urinary track infections. (It never seemed to work for me unfortunately). But really what is so special about them and how can I add them to my families lives to keep us on this healthy track.
Cranberries contain the B vitamins thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and vitamin B6. Which aid in cell health and give you energy. They are also a good source of vitamin C, a natural antioxidant; fiber, which can lower blood pressure and cholesterol; vitamin E, a fat-soluble antioxidant that is involved in immune function. Cranberries also contain vitamin K, magnesium, and phytonutrients. The beautiful pinkish red color. Which means they have anti-inflammatory and cancer-preventing properties. So let’s keep eating those cranberries!
Five Ways To Use Cranberries
Cranberries are not just for Thanksgiving anymore. Here are five fun and delicious ways to use them.
- Cranberry Margaritas – I mean come on, I had to put this one first. Over the Thanksgiving holiday I made my sister, mom and I cranberry margaritas and they were so good. Silver tequila, cranberry sauce, lime juice, agave, and fresh orange juice. Shake it up in a martini shaker with a ton of ice and pour over a salted rimmed margaritas glass filled with ice. Perfecto!
- Raw Chocolate Date Bars – I make these bars all the time. I always use this recipe, however I used pistachios, walnuts and pepitas and added a handful of fresh cranberries to the food processor. My entire family gobbled them up.
- Cranberry Smoothie – Throw fresh cranberries, bananas, pineapple, ice and non dairy milk of choice into your blender and you have an instant breakfast or snack. Sometimes eating healthy is the easiest with a smoothie.
- Cranberry Jam – This basically is the Martha Stewart recipe we always use for cranberry sauce but cranberry ‘jam’ doesn’t always have to be eaten on Thanksgiving. Spread it on toasted ciabatta slices in the morning with a spread of Irish butter. Oh la la, it’s so good and the kiddos love it.
- Christmas Tree Garland – Of course cranberries make a tree beautiful! If you still have leftovers use a needle and thread and have fun with the kids. Last year my boys couldn’t believe what I was doing. They thought it was so cool that we were stringing cranberries and popcorn. Memories we will all cherish.
Eat More Cranberries
I hope you enjoyed my post! Together we can become healthier and enjoy nature’s beautiful gifts. Like my sister always says, “Nature doesn’t make mistakes!” The perfectly little tart cranberry can be and should be enjoyed, not just on Thanksgiving, but the whole season long.