A big dollop of homemade cranberry sauce is a great way to boost the nutrient density of your Thanksgiving meal. Rich in antioxidants including vitamin C, cranberries have traditionally been used to treat urinary tract infections and research shows that they can help lower bad cholesterol and regulate blood sugar.
This super simple recipe amps up the health benefits by adding fresh orange juice and raw honey.
- 4 cups fresh cranberries
- Juice of two oranges
- 2 to 3 tablespoons raw honey
- 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
Rinse cranberries and remove the stems. Place in medium-sized saucepan with 3 cups water. Cook until cranberries start to pop.
Strain through a colander (you can save the cooking water and drink it as a tea or in your next smoothie). Let the berries cool until only slightly warm. Mix in orange juice and honey, mashing the berries a bit with a fork as you mix. (Cooling the berries before mixing ensures that the O.J. and honey remain raw with all their great flavor and beneficial enzymes.)
Stir in chopped walnuts if desired. Refrigerate until about 30 minutes before the meal.