It’s the time of year most of us think about cranberries. Even if you don’t normally enjoy them, you might consume some cranberry sauce this week while enjoying your Thanksgiving dinner.
However, we really should be eating cranberries much more often than once a year! Cranberries are chock full of antioxidants, vitamin C AND they are great for your digestive system.
If you’ve ever had a urinary tract infection, you may have been advised to drink cranberry juice. That’s because cranberries contain proanthocyanidins. This helps prevent E.coli bacteria from sticking to the walls of your bladder.
Thanks to all those antioxidants, they also help our body get rid of toxins that can cause our immune system to weaken – and a weakened immune system makes us more likely to pick up an icky bug.
If you’ve never had real cranberry sauce – this is the year to start. Here is my favorite recipe – it’s incredibly simple, delicious and can even be made a few days before you want to serve it.
Other ways to add more cranberries to your life include drinking them (make sure it’s real cranberry juice and not a bit of juice with tons of additional ingredients), adding fresh ones to baked goods, or dried cranberries to your salads. Or just snack on them raw – yum!
This is also the time of year to stock up on cranberries – they can be pretty hard to find at the grocery after December. Buy an extra bag or two and stick it in your freezer. They’ll even keep in an airtight container in your refrigerator’s crisper for up to two months. Their bright flavor will be a welcome addition to your menu come the cold months of January and February.
Don’t let this week’s holiday meals derail your progress on improving your gut health. Keep up with the yoga twists, lemon water, epsom salt baths and probiotics. In fact, this week on Wednesday at 9:00 AM EST I’ll be sharing my favorite ways to add probiotic foods to my daily diet – and I’ll show you exactly which brands I like best. Join me on Facebook Live!
Want to end the year feeling healthier and happier instead of heavier and worn out? Check out all the ways I can help and let’s get started improving YOUR life before the holidays hit hard.