I love fresh cranberry sauce in my healthful Thanksgiving dinner (not a fan of the canned jello variety though). It is so delivious, so healthy, so perfect as a condiment to turkey meat. I like it so much, I usually freeze some and use it thoruhgout the year with other meals: herritage pork chops or with turkey sandwiches.
Rich with antioxidants and high in fiber, cranberries have serious health benefits including promoting digestion and helping control blood sugar.
“There is some research out there suggesting that when a person consumes cranberries as part of a fatty meal — like a Thanksgiving meal — that they can actually help reduce the impact of that meal on blood sugar,” Jennifer Sygo, a registered dietitian
The best part: it is super simple to make. Here is my recipe, and it complies with my key principles of healthy eating):
1 bag of fresh cranberries (organic are best, to avoid pesticide load)
zest from two oranges
juice from two oranges
2 sticks of cinnamon
3 anise stars
1/2 cup of sweetener of choice (I use honey, but you can use maple syrup or sugar)
Place everything into a pan, stir and bring to boil on medium heat. Stirring occasionally simmer for about 10 minutes or until the berries begin to burst. Take of the heat and let cool. That's it. Enjoy!