Whether fresh or dried, in juice or sauce, cranberries are a versatile fruit that adds a unique and delicious flavor to a variety of foods. And like many food in nature, they have great health-boosting properties. Cranberries are potent sources of antioxidants, specifically a “flavonoid” called proanthocyanidins (PACs), which are unique to and abundant in cranberries.
Cranberries have long been valued for their ability to help prevent urinary tract infections. The anti-adhesion properties of cranberry may also inhibit the bacteria associated with gum disease and stomach ulcers. Triple bonus! In addition, the antioxidant properties of PACs may have a range of other health benefits, including the support of cardiovascular health and reduction of the risk for some cancers. In fact, cranberries contain the most antioxidant “phenol” compounds compared to 19 commonly eaten fruits.
Let’s make friends with those innocent cranberries. Think dried cranberries in salads, a swig of 100% cranberry juice a few times a week, a yummy cranberry orange bread for the holiday and of course, cranberry sauce or salad with our Holiday meals.
Try this cranberry-based fruit salad – super easy, loaded with nutrients and tasty beyond belief.
Cranberry Berry Salad
1 can (or 1 brick pack) whole cranberry sauce
1 c. frozen dark cherries
1 c. frozen strawberries
1 c. frozen blackberries
1 c. frozen blueberries
1 apple, diced
1 orange, peel and diced
1 c. walnuts
Stir. Let fruit thaw if serving soon. Enjoy! Can freeze leftovers into individual servings. Pull out of freezer to thaw a bit. Makes a refreshing dessert or snack.