First off I have to say, I’ve been slacking! This is in regards to my blogging, which I really love doing so it makes me sad I have been falling behind in posting consistently. I really have no excuse either than being unprepared and unorganized within my busy working schedule. I’m also a perfectionist and I put a lot of time into each post so I don’t want to suffer my quality just to get my numbers up.
A little snippet into what’s been going on…I continue to work at the hospital, at a makeup salon + freelance makeup of my own (wedding season is almost done!), have been training to be a ride instructor at a boutique-style cycle studio (I’m loving every minute but a lot of time is involved), AND I have recently accepted a dietitian contract position with another health clinic! So in the end of it, I will have 4 part-time jobs! Crazy! What I am going to do moving forward is have everything scheduled into my calendar, including my writing time so I can continue doing what I love! Now let’s get into this weeks fall feature beauty food.
I have to admit, I probably only ate a fresh cranberry for the first time a couple years ago. I really only knew cranberries as a juice that people drank to prevent UTI’s or the weird jelly sauce that was served with the thanksgiving turkey. I didn’t really like the juice or sauce, and also did not enjoy the bitter sour taste of the fresh ones. Cranberries aren’t often eaten raw, but what I have learned is that there is a lot that you can make with cranberries besides the sauce and juice. Why bother you may ask? Because cranberries are actually a very healthy beauty food that provides you a lot more benefits far beyond preventing UTI’s.
Anti-inflammatory – Cranberries have anti-inflammatory properties decreasing inflammation in the body including your skin.
Antioxidant – There is a big array of types of antioxidants in these berries that researches have found work together to help your body fight off free radicals that contribute to disease and aging. Antioxidants are a must for beautiful and youthful skin, hair and nails. Read here for more on antioxidants.
Vitamin C – Cranberries are a great source of this powerful antioxidant. Vitamin C is an integral part of healthy skin, teeth and bones, wound healing and a strong immune system.
Fibre – There are both insoluble and soluble dietary fibres found in cranberries that promote digestion and a healthy gut, help control blood sugars and weight, as well as decrease cholesterol found in your blood that can increase the risk of heart disease. I talk a lot about the benefits of fibre for both health and beauty throughout my site!
Manganese – Cranberries are a good source of the mineral manganese, which helps you take energy from food and make new proteins, as well is an important part of your bones, and keeping your muscles and nerves healthy.
Eat the whole fruit and not so much the juice – The important antioxidants found in cranberries are mainly concentrated in the skin. The skins are removed in the juicing process so the juice will lack most of the antioxidant activity. The juice will also provide a higher concentration of sugar and lack the healthy fibres discussed above.
Choose unsweetened dried cranberries over the sweetened variety if you can
Make your own cranberry sauce with less sugar
Add unsweetened dried cranberries to your muffins, granola bars, yogurts, salads, smoothie bowls
What I Made With My Fresh Cranberries