Posted by: kathryngraves | January 5, 2017

5 Reasons to Eat Cranberries This Winter

Now that the Holidays are over, most of us forget about cranberries. They are a traditional part of Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, but their annual heyday is short-lived. Oh, we know that if we get a UTI we should drink cranberry juice for temporary relief. But that is about it.

However, the humble cranberry is a powerhouse of nutrition that can help us battle the ills of a long, cold winter. Its bright red color is the indicator of big health in a tiny package.

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1.  Cranberries are high in antioxidants, just like other dark- and bright-colored berries. A diet high in antioxidants helps our bodies fight attacks from viruses and bacteria. That’s especially important in the winter cold and flu season. Cranberries are particularly high in an immune-boosting compound called proanthocyanidin.

2. Cranberries are a low calorie, healthy addition to your diet. They are tart, but stevia can be used to sweeten them up a bit and has no harmful effects. Combined with orange juice and some nuts, the health factor multiplies, besides improving the taste.

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3. Cranberries do have anti-bacterial properties. Drinking cranberry juice helps relieve the symptoms of urinary tract infections. This remedy will not cure an infection, because of the sheer amount you’d have to drink and how often you’d have to drink it. But it does help more than plain water.

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4. Cranberries are an easy addition to your meals. Home-made cranberry sauce can be a colorful side to any chicken or pork entree. But my favorite is cranberries for breakfast. Make a smoothie with frozen cranberries, plain greek yogurt, orange juice, and a little stevia for sweetness.

5. Cranberries are cheerful. Adding a punch of bright red color to your plate or glass fights winter blahs, brightening your mood as you remember the gift of health they give you.

 

Photos courtesy of Pixabay

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