Considering Adding Cranberries in Your Diet?

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With the holiday season approaching, colorful cranberries will make an appearance. Nutritionally, cranberries are a good source of vitamin C, fiber and phytonutrients. The deep red pigment contains nutrients that may prevent heart disease, cancer and age related cognitive changes. Cranberries also contain unique compounds that may inhibit bladder infections

Here are some ways to enjoy cranberries:

  • Toss cooked or dried cranberries atop hot cereal or add to cold cereal.
  • Make your own trail mix: Combine dried cranberries with grains and nuts and maybe even a bit of dark chocolate.
  • Add dried cranberries to your favorite cookie recipe.
  • Make an apple cranberry salad by tossing lettuce, apples, walnuts, dried or cooked cranberries, and onions in large bowl. Add dressing and toss to coat.
  • Enjoy a Raw Relish! Mix cooked cranberries, apples and oranges for a relish for a perfect side or for a great topping for sandwiches.
  • Substitute dried cranberries for fresh cranberries in baked goods. If a recipe calls for one cup of fresh cranberries you should use ¾ cup of dried cranberries.


  • Cooked cranberries can last up to a month in a covered container in the refrigerator.
  • Fresh cranberries can be stored in a tightly sealed plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.
  • Fresh cranberries can be washed and stored in the freezer in an airtight bag for up to a year.

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