Cranberries are very good for your body, so adding them to your healthy diet is a smart move. However, if you are preparing the cranberries in your kitchen in an unhealthy way, you are basically undoing many of the benefits that you can receive from this food. Following the right weight friendly cranberry recipes, particularly during the holidays, can allow you to enjoy the delicious flavors without having to worry about what it will do to your waistline.
What are some weight friendly cranberry recipes that you can try in order to enjoy festive holiday yummies? A couple of them are listed below to help you get started.
Cranberry Apple Pie Crisp
EatingWell has a great recipe for cranberry apple pie crisp. High in fiber, low in sodium, and appropriate even for those who have been diagnosed with diabetes, this is a sweet treat that doubles as a weight friendly cranberry recipe. Plus, it doesn’t take long to make!
Start by preheating your oven to 375°F. Use a 2-quart baking dish to mix together 5 cups of apples that have been thinly sliced and a cup of fresh cranberries. Set that aside, grab a small bowl, and mix 2 tablespoons of sugar or your favorite sugar substitute and ½ teaspoon of apple pie spice. Take this mix and sprinkle it over your fruit mix. Toss it all to make sure it’s coated.
Next, combine ½ cup of quick-cooking rolled oats, 3 tablespoons of brown sugar, ½ teaspoon of apple pie spice, and 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour. Then take 2 tablespoons of butter and use a pastry blender to cut in the butter until crumbly. Finally, sprinkle the mix with the oats over the mix with the apples, bake it uncovered for 40 minutes, ensuring the apples have become tender. Serve it warm, and enjoy!
Homemade Cranberry Sauce
Forget the cranberry sauce that comes in a can, and make it yourself at home instead using healthier ingredients. This is another weight friendly cranberry recipe that you can add to your holiday meal plan, and it’s surprisingly easy to make as well.
Start by combining a cup of water, ¼ cup of granulated sugar, and 2/3 cup of your preferred no calorie sweetener in a medium pot over high heat. Let the sugars dissolve. Add in a 12-ounce bag of cranberries, along with a dash of cinnamon before letting it all come to a boil.
In a few minutes, the cranberries will begin popping, so be sure to stir the mix. Then remove it from the heat and transfer it to a serving dish. You can let it chill in the fridge before serving it as a side to your holiday main course.
Feel free to enjoy these yummy recipes during the holidays, as well as throughout the year!