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Cranberry Sauce

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Cranberries are often considered a “super food” because they are nutrient dense and packed with antioxidants. These nutrients have been linked to a lower risk of urinary tract infections, prevention of certain types of cancer, improved immune function, improved cholesterol levels and decreased blood pressure.   Cranberries are low in calories and high in vitamins C, A, and K. If you are taking blood thinners, you should ask your doctor before consuming extra cranberries due to the vitamin K content.

You may associate cranberries with prevention of recurrent urinary tract infections. The high level of a particular antioxidant helps to stop certain bacteria from adhering to the urinary tract walls. However, this is not done by drinking cranberry juice. Cranberries contain nutrients that may help control a UTI, but the amounts in cranberry juice are likely enough to make a difference and you are left with an excess amount of sugar intake.

Health Boosting Cranberry Sauce

  • 1 package of fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup diced pineapple
  • 1 Tbsp. pineapple juice
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 2 tsp. orange zest
  • 1 Tbsp. Maple Syrup

Directions

  1. In a blender, puree the pineapple and 1 Tbsp. pineapple juice until it becomes pureed.
  2. In a medium saucepan, heat the orange juice, pureed pineapple mixture, orange zest and maple syrup.
  3. Add the cranberries after a few minutes and bring to a low boil.
  4. Cook until the cranberries pop and breakdown 9about 10 minutes).
  5. Remove from heat and transfer to a bowl. The mixture will thicken while itstands. Serve immediately or refrigerate.

Tip: If you have any left overs, serve on sandwiches. You can also freeze it to use at a later date.

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Allison is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with nearly 20 years experience. She has also obtained additional training from Tulane University and is a Certified Culinary Medicine Specialist. She truly believes that every time we put something in our mouth, we have the opportunity to promote our health. She is currently accepting clients. She will help you line up more accountability so that you are learning what it takes day to day to create a fit lifestyle that creates the habits as opposed to just putting a bandaid on your problem. She can be contacted at allisonbrinkleydietitian@gmail.com and www.allisonbrinkleydietitian.com

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