Foodspotlight – Cranberries

Post written by Laura Burns. Laura is a mother of 2 and is a valuable member to our Mommy & Me Fitness Team.

It's no secret in my home that I adore cranberries. And, as luck would have it, this is the time of year to stock up!  I like to bake with raw cranberries which can be purchased at your local grocery and then frozen until you're ready to use them.  Additionally, you can dry cranberries in your oven or dehydrator and save yourself some money and keep the preservatives out of your diet!

Aside from being super tasty, what makes cranberries such a great addition to your diet?  To begin with, they are a great source of vitamin C and A, Potassium and Calcium, all of which are vital to your health, even if you're just concerned about the prevention of scurvy.  Cranberries are also a  source of antioxidants.  Antioxidants are essential to neutralize free radicals in the body.  What are free radicals?  Simply put, they are unstable molecules in the body that attempt to stabilize themselves by robbing healthy cells in your body of electrons.  During that process, the body's cells are often injured and will malfunction or even become malignant.  Antioxidants are very important to your health and cranberries are a tasty, versatile way to get them into your body!

I love to sprinkle dried cranberries over my salads or stir them into my breakfast couscous.  My kids don't like the dried cranberries as much as I do, I bake them into muffins loaded with fiber and protein.  Make a full batch because they won't last long!

Cranberry-Citrus Power Muffins

  • 3.5 cups flour
  • ¼ cup flax meal
  • ¼ cup wheat germ
  • 2 tsp. Baking powder
  • 1 tsp. Baking soda
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 3 cups raw cranberries
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 3 tsp. Orange extract
  • zest of half an orange

In a large bowl, combine the wet ingredients and mix well.  Sift together the dry ingredients and stir into the wet ingredients until well mixed.  Pour in the cranberries and stir to combine.  Fill 3 dozen muffin cups with batter about 2/3 full.  Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

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