I have a love/hate relationship with cranberries. I love them with sugar. I hate them without. So, I was very excited to find that this cranberry wassail recipe turned out to my liking. I didn't even add any sugar. I shared some wonderful healing benefits of cinnamon last week. I found a bag of cranberries in my freezer and decided to add this superfood to my cinnamon Kool-Aid recipe to give it a greater anti-oxidant boost.
Cranberry Orange Cinnamon Wassail
1 Orange, sliced
6 oz Fresh Cranberries
Cook the cinnamon tea down twice. Fill the pot again and add oranges and cranberries. Cook down one more time. Strain and serve hot or over ice. Sweeten as desired.
Here is a list of 10 interesting health benefits of cranberries: (Minus the sugar, of course)
- Decreased Blood Pressure
- Lower risk of Urinary Tract Infections
- Improved Immune Function
- May reduce risk of heart disease
- Slows tumor progression
- Powerful against gum disease
- Natural Anti-inflammatory
- Thought to keep candida from adhering to the urinary tract.
- Reduces free radicals
- Can balance a highly acidic diet as it is high alkaline.
Cranberries and Thanksgiving go hand in hand. Although this recipe does contain sugar, it just wouldn't be turkey without it. So, ditch the can and make this healthier version in ten minutes!
Cranberry Sauce (Kick the Can)
12 oz cranberries
Zest of one orange
Juice of one orange
1 cinnamon stick
1 pinch sea salt
1/2 cup sugar or honey
1 pinch ground cloves
1 tsp grass fed beef gelatin
Bring to a boil and cook down 10-15 min. Crush the berries with a potato masher. Remove cinnamon stick. Enjoy.
It is sweet at first taste, then suddenly sour.. A wonderful sweet tart- treat to tickle the taste buds.
Happy Thanksgiving 2013. I hope this season your lamp is full of real food, real health, and most importantly is found full of gratitude.
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*Disclaimer: None of these remedies have been endorsed by the FDA. The suggestions are not meant to diagnose, treat or cure. Always use your own best judgment and the advice of a trusted medical advisor.