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October 16, 2012
Cranberries are tart, juicy little berries grown in the
eastern part of Canada and the United States. We now know that cranberries are
good for healthy skin and that drinking cranberry juice is an excellent way to
prevent UTI (urinary tract infection), but this mighty little berry has a few
more weapons in its arsenal.
While drinking cranberry juice is good for the health we
get more benefits from consuming the whole fruit. Studies show that cranberries
can help lower our LDL-cholesterol, prevent periodontal disease, offer
cardiovascular protection, and more.
The question is other than cranberry juice how else do we
get cranberries into our diet? Cranberries can be used to replace vinegar or
lemon juice in a fresh green salad. Dried cranberries can be added to muffin
recipes, cooked oatmeal, and trail mix. I’ve decided to try some in a fresh
fruit smoothie. Here’s my recipe.
1 ½ cups cranberry juice (100% cranberry juice)
¾ cup each raspberries, blueberries, strawberries,
1 tsp nutritional yeast flakes
1 tbsp ground flax seeds
Throw all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
If it is not sweet enough you could add another banana or you could add 3-4
dates that have been soaked in hot water (omit the water though).
If you have any allergies to any of the ingredients, feel
free to substitute something else.
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