Yes, a fruit and also the name of a band from Ireland popularized in the 90′s (last century, yes!).  The other day, I heard their music and that sparked an entire cranberry flow of thoughts…Cranberries, those little ruby red balls that most people associate with Thanksgiving dinner, and unfortunately for them, are treated so poorly by being mass produced with tons of sugar and stuffed in a can!  IS that a way to treat one of the most powerful foods on the planet?!

Yes, these little gorgeous gems are super-powerful!  They have one of the highest concentration of phytonutrients, because of the way they are grown and harvested.  They are grown in bogs and floated in water to allow for easy harvesting.  This allows the cranberries to get ample amounts of SUN which helps give them their striking color and loads of phytonutrients (the components found in fruits and vegetables that help keep us disease free)!

So what can cranberries do for you?  Well, we all know they are the go-to natural remedy for urinary tract health, but did you know that they can also help prevent periodontal (gum) disease?  Yes!  Their anti-inflammatory properties can keep the tissue around our gums healthy!  Cranberries’ anti-inflammatory properties are also responsible for lowering the risk of colon cancer, heart disease and ulcers.  Also brimming with Vitamin C, cranberries keep your immune system in tip-top shape and your beautiful face smooth (vitamin C promotes the build up of collagen!)

So, how do you incorporate cranberries into your diet?  The simplest way is to mix them in (fresh or frozen) smoothies.  And, here is another yummy idea.  Try this cranberry-orange sauce recipe.  Not just for Thanksgiving anymore!

2 cups fresh cranberries (Organic if you can find them; they are less acidic)
1 orange, cut into pieces
the juice from one orange
6 – 8 dates (Medjool dates have the richest flavor)

Put all the ingredients in a food processor and process to a sauce consistency.

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Tania Hayek Mercer

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