5 Reasons To Eat More Cranberries
- Cranberries have unique health benefits from naturally occurring compounds called proanthocyanidins (PAcs), that may help prevent urinary tract infections, stomach ulcers and gum disease.
- Cranberries contain some of the highest amounts of flavonoids, which may help promote circulation and maintain heart health.
- New studies have found cranberries may help boost a healthy immune system.
- One cup fresh, chopped cranberries has 5 grams of fiber and is a good source of vitamin c.
- 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
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:
- 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.
- 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