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Cranberry sauce is a big part of meals during the holidays. Cranberries are very healthy food and are considered a super food by some. They contain antioxidants of proanthocyanidins, anthocyanins, and citric acid.
It is believed that cranberries have antioxidant benefits, anti-inflammatory benefits, and anti-cancer benefit. There is also some evidence cranberries have the ability to prevent bacteria from sticking to the urinary bladder, uterus, teeth, gums and stomach lining there by preventing infections. The citric acid in cranberries helps prevent kidney stone formation. Cranberries are also shown to lower cholesterol there by fighting heart disease. The high level of antioxidants help slow aging by getting free radicals out of the body. These antioxidants also help with weight loss by flushing the system, improving the metabolism and digestive systems. By flushing out the system of toxins your immune system increased and inflammation is decreased. Studies are showing to get the most benefit of cranberries you have to consume the food it self not the extracts and powders derived from them. Here is a recipe to enjoy with your holiday dinner.
Cinnamon-Raisin-Apple Indian PuddingRecipe
Diabetes-FriendlyNutritional Info (Per serving):Calories: 128, Saturated Fat: 0g, Sodium: 148mg, Dietary Fiber: 2g, Total Fat: 1g, Carbs: 26g, Cholesterol: 37mg, Protein: 5gExchanges: Dairy: 0.5, Fruit: 1, Other Carb: 0.5Carb Choices: 1.5Prep Time: 10 minsCook Time: 37 minsRest Time: 20 minsTotal Time: 47 mins
- cooking spray
- 2 cup(s) milk, fat-free
- 1/3 cup(s) cornmeal
- 2 tablespoon sugar, brown (packed)
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg(s)
- 2 medium apple(s), cooking
- 1/4 cup(s) raisins
Knowing what a portion size is can be hard to figure out especially when out and about. So picture these items when figuring out what a portion is. If you are eating out. Envision these and then put the rest of the food in a to-go box and taking it home.
1 cup = baseball
1/2 cup = standard light bulb
2 Tbsp = golf ball
1 Tbsp = poker chip
3 oz meat = deck of cards
3 oz fish = checkbook
1.5 oz cheese = 3 dice