Thursday, November 15, 2018

The merry cranberry
- a healthy enhancer!

Native to North America - the cranberry has long been a staple fruit on the prairies, in fact some of you may remember picking cranberries as a kid, while others may still enjoy this outing, and the rest of us have a favourite retail location at which to purchase these tart little treasures.

As they did in the past, today the cranberry continues to ingratiate itself in a multitude of food items. At this time of year, they are often spotted floating atop the punch. Dried, sweetened versions of this beauty often grace festive gatherings. They are, of course, a great garnish at the holiday table. And throughout the year cranberries are good as juice, add great colour to a salad, and provide a good accent to muffins and loaves. Most every food it seems, can be enhanced with a good handful of cranberries.

Some have even titled cranberries - among the world’s healthiest foods. A Google search lists upwards of 13 health benefits related to consuming antioxidant cranberries, including weight loss!

And what’s more, cranberries are truly tasty.

The acknowledged healthiest way to consume them is - raw! Slicing them in half before you add them to something is probably the best way to make them the most chewable.

Following are a couple of cranberry hydration recipes which offer a seasonal twist to your post massage hydration.

Refreshing water choices provide a lift to your spirit, as well as your body. Keeping hydrated is an important part of staying healthy. Water promotes cardiovascular health, maintains the body temperature, helps muscles and joints work better, and keeps skin supple.

Also remember to drink plenty of water, particularly after your massage! Drinking lots of water at this time will help flush out the toxins released during your massage, and rehydrate your muscles.

Orange Cranberry Zip

1 orange
1 cup raw cranberries

Slice orange, leaving the rind on, into 1/4 inch rounds.
Slice raw cranberries into halves.
Add all of the ingredients to a pitcher of water, and stir.
Chill for an hour.

Minty Cranberry Aah

1 cup fresh mint leaves
1 lb raw cranberries

Wash mint leaves, and chop very coarsely.
Slice raw cranberries into halves.
Add all ingredients, including water and ice to a punch bowl or drink dispenser, stir.
Serve immediately.

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