The Mighty Cranberry October 16, 2012 21:05

 

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.


Cranberry smoothie:
1 ½ cups cranberry juice (100% cranberry juice)
¾ cup each raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, cranberries
1 banana
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.