Family Medicine in Austin: Holiday Health – Cranberries

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When you think of holiday meals, often the closest you get to a health-related decision is, “I’ll get back on track in the New Year.” It turns out that many traditional holiday meals have ingredients that are super-foods.

Today we’re talking cranberries, which were probably on your menu anyway. Cranberries are full of antioxidants, which make them a no-brainer as a super-food. But they’re also loaded with fiber and are low in calories. Cranberries may improve bladder health and prevent many types of cancer. Recent research shows they may even help prevent stomach ulcers.

When it comes to serving cranberries, your go-to will obviously be serving cranberry sauce. That’s a great addition to a traditional holiday meal. But for a tastier and healthier version, try making your own this year. It’s fresher and will have less sugar and preservatives than those canned varieties.

Simply boil cranberries with apple cider vinegar and cinnamon. Then add mashed apples and a drop of honey. You can also chop them and add them to whole wheat pancakes or even salsas.

So remember, your holiday meals don’t have to be all guilt and gluttony. Add some super-foods to the menu and you’ll feel better all around.

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