Wellness Wednesday: One Side Not To Pass On This Thanksgiving

Pass on the stuffing, pass on the gravy, but please don’t pass on those cranberries. Find out why these pint-sized berries may be the one thing you can’t pass up on this Thanksgiving.

I was inspired to look at the traditional Thanksgiving meal and find out if there is anything truly beneficial to our health. Althought this isn’t the holiday known for keeping us on track health-wise, there may be some hidden gems on the table we can feel good about.

dsc_2020Cranberries, in my opinion, are an over-looked powerhouse of pure wellness. I’ve included my top 5 benefits of consuming cranberries as well as a My Simply Fit recipe to incorporate them into your turkey day spread.

Top 5 Benefits of Cranberries

  1. Cancer fighter: due to the potent antioxidant-polyphenols found in cranberries there has been research that supports they protect against cancer (particularly breast cancer)
  2. Fights Inflammation: cranberries contain 20% of the daily recommended fiber which maintains a flushed out system
  3. Urinary Tract health: cranberries have high levels of proanthocyanidins which make it difficult for certain bacteria to implant on urinary tract walls
  4. Clean teeth: the same proanthocyanidins described above are what also prevent bacteria from adhering to teeth and gums
  5. Happy heart: cranberries contain disease-preventing compounds that discourage cholesterol from forming in the heart and blood vessels

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MSF Cranberry Sauce

Ingredients

12 ounces fresh cranberries

¾ cup freshly squeezed orange juice

2 tsp orange zest

½ cup honey or maple syrup

Directions

Combine cranberries, orange juice and honey/maple syrup in saucepan. Simmer over medium heat until berries begin to burst and sauce thickens (10-15 minutes). Set aside to cool completely, and then refrigerate. Take out to bring to room temp and top with orange zest, serve immediately. Store leftovers in airtight container in refrigerator. Enjoy!

dsc_2017What is your favorite Thanksgiving recipe? Let me know any recipes you’d like to see on here 🙂

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Love,

Megan

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