Cranberries Bring Nutrition to Vegetarian Thanksgiving

17 November, 2007 (08:59)


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RECIPES: Cranberry Apple Cider, Cranberry Salsa, Acorn Squash with Cranberry Wild Rice Dressing

By Rae Udy

Thanksgiving and cranberries just seem to go together, but don’t forget there is a whole lot of nutrition hidden is these tart gems.
Cranberries have been used as food and medicine since the earliest days of the Native Americans. Cranberries were pounded into a paste and used to draw poison from arrow wounds and also used as a natural food preservative.
Packed with powerful antioxidants, cranberries promote urinary tract health by preventing harmful bacteria from sticking to cells in the body. Further evidence suggests eating cranberries or drinking cranberry juice may have heart health benefits.
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse determined cranberry consumption may inhibit blood clotting and provide compounds beneficial to reducing coronary heart disease.
(http://food-decisions.com/news/ng.asp?id=40397-fresh-evidence-for )
According to Ocean Spray website, there are 25 calories in one-half cup of fresh cranberries and ten percent of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C. Cranberries are cholesterol-free and fat-free.
( www.oceanspray.com/planit/essentials/using_fresh.html )

Cranberries are also a great source of fiber with sixteen percent of daily value needed. They are also a good source of vitamin A, calcium and iron.
( www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=57076 )
Start your holiday meal with Cranberry Apple Cider to get things warmed up and serve Cranberry Salsa as a different dip to liven things up.
If you are expecting a vegetarian for Thanksgiving dinner, Acorn Squash with Cranberry Wild Rice Dressing will make a filling and beautiful main dish or a lovely side dish for the special meal. One serving provides seven grams protein and 190 calories. Have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.

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