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Ginger Apple Cranberry Sauce

photo 1With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we had to make a delicious and nutritious cranberry sauce that people actually want to eat…unlike the canned stuff you typically find at your Thanksgiving feast.

This cranberry sauce tangy and sweet with a hint of orange and ginger, making it something you actually want to give thanks for! Plus it’s loaded with vitamins and minerals to keep your body happy too!

photo 4Ingredient Spotlight

Cranberries are a super sour berry with extremely powerful benefits from antioxidants. Anthocyanins are the extremely potent antioxidants that give cranberries their beautiful red color. Not only that, but they are responsible for the anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory benefits. The proanthocyanidins are related to prohibiting the overgrowth of bacteria, which explains cranberries prevention in UTI’s and stomach ulcers.

Oranges are extremely high in vitamin C and their bitter skin contains flavanaoids that helps the vitamin C work more effectively at removing free radicals. The peel also has anti-inflammatory benefits and aids in digestion.

Apples are a good source of soluble fiber and antioxidants, especially quercetin, which is great for your immune system. It is important to consume the whole apple, including the skin because there is an interaction between the skin and flesh that makes the apples so great for your health!

Ginger is a booster food that is amazing for your digestion, immune system, and metabolism!

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  • 12 oz bag of fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 small apple
  • 1 orange
  • ginger
  • maple syrup
  • water


  • Set aside 1/4 cup cranberries
  • Finely dice apple
  • Peel a 1 inch piece of ginger
  • Cut 2 large pieces of orange zest
  • Combine cranberries, apple, ginger, orange peel, 1/2 cup water, and the juice of the orange.
  • Bring to a boil and then simmer until the cranberries burst and the apples are thin. You may need to add more water as the process continues.
  • Once the cranberries have burst, add in the remaining cranberries until they have softened
  • Once the cranberries have softened, add in 2 tbsps of maple syrup, stir, and remove from heat.
  • Remove your chunks of orange zest and ginger and you are left with a delicious cranberry sauce!

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Let us know what you think of this recipe! Do you have a healthy cranberry sauce that you like to make for your family during the holidays? What other recipes do you want to see healthified for Thanksgiving? Let us know here, on Instagram, or on our Facebook page! Peace and Love, HR!

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