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5 Reasons To Eat More Cranberries

  1. Cranberries have unique health benefits from naturally occurring compounds called proanthocyanidins (PAcs), that may help prevent urinary tract infections, stomach ulcers and gum disease.
  2. Cranberries contain some of the highest amounts of flavonoids, which may help promote circulation and maintain heart health.
  3. New studies have found cranberries may help boost a healthy immune system.
  4. CranberriesOne cup fresh, chopped cranberries has 5 grams of fiber and is a good source of vitamin c.
  5. Enjoy cranberries in a variety of forms – fresh, dried and juice. A one-cup serving of fruit equals 1 cup fresh, 1/2 cup dried or 1/2 cup 100% cranberry juice.

Cranberry Jalapeno Cream Cheese Dip
Serves 16

All you need:

  • 1 (12 oz) bag Ocean Spray fresh cranberries
  • 1 to 2 jalapeno peppers, stemmed and seeded
  • 1/2 cup Hy-Vee sugar
  • 1/4 cup Walden Farms calorie-free cranberry sauce
  • 2 tbsp fresh orange juice
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion
  • 1/8 to 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 (8 oz each) packages Hy-Vee light cream cheese, softened
  • Whole-grain crackers

All you do:

  1. In a food processor, chop cranberries and jalapeno pepper to a fine dice. Add sugar, Walden Farm cranberry sauce, orange juice, orange zest, onion, cumin and salt. Pulse to combine. Pour mixture in bowl, cover and place in refrigerator at least 4 hours or overnight.
  2. Spread softened cream cheese onto a large rimmed dish or 9-inch pie plate. Top cream cheese with cranberry-jalapeno mixture. cover and place in refrigerator 2 hours. Serve with crackers.

Nutrition facts per serving: 110 calories, 6g fat, 4g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 105mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate, 1g fiber,
8g sugar, 2g protein.

Daily values: 0% vitamin A, 8% vitamin C, 2% calcium, 0% iron.

Source: Hy-Vee dietitians

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