Since it’s cranberry season and the little fruits are loaded with antioxidants, we wanted to share a few ideas of how to enjoy them…other than getting out your can opener. Cranberries are very tart on their own — our daughter Ella tried one around Thanksgiving and made the cutest, scrunched up face — your best bet is to incorporate cranberries into other foods.
Here are three ways to enjoy the nutrient dense, super healthy berry into your diet:
• Add a handful to a smoothie. Mix 1/4 cup whole cranberries, 1 cup unsweetened coconut almond milk, 1 cup frozen blueberries, 1 scoop whey protein powder and a splash of your favorite juice (Welch’s 100% purple grape juice works well). Blend until smooth and you reach desired consistency.
•Try a Cranberry SOYJOY bar. These bars include whole fruit and are one of our must-haves for when we take long drives. With 140 calories, 2 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein, SOYJOY is a great snack on the go snack. While heating them isn’t an option the car, when at home, unwrap them and put them in the microwave for 10 seconds for a really great treat.
•Add dried cranberries to a bowl of oats. Now the key here is to read the label to find the ones sweetened without sugar; some brands sweeten with apple juice, which is a better option. Fresh is always best, but it’s a little tougher on the palate with cranberries.
There you have it. A few options to incorporate this great for your berry into your diet, outside of just the gelatinized sauce in a can.
-Chris and Kara Mohr, mohrresults.com
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