A Fruitful New Way Begins—In Thanksgiving

Today is our very first “Let’s Be Fruitful” feature!   How fitting, then, to begin with……

The North American Cranberry just in time for Thanksgiving, of course – But it’s really a fruit to be grateful for all year long!  Check out these 5 fruitful reasons why.


Image1.)  Nutritious:  Vitamin C, Potassium, Manganese, Fiber, and more; Rich in Phytochemicals, particularly from the Flavanol family [such as Quercetin, Proanthocyanidins (PACs) & other Polyphenols].

2.)  UniqueThe Cranberry’s proanthocyanidins (PACs) are “A-type” [rather than B-type present in most other fruits], which are credited for giving the cranberry its special anti-adhesion properties, known to be of benefit to the Urinary Tract system (anti-infection).

3.)  Multi-TalentedThese unique PAC compounds are now believed to benefit other areas throughout the body, including the:

Cardiovascular system (due to anti-atherosclerosis properties);

Gastrointestinal system (potentially anti-ulcer & anti-cancer of the stomach);

Oral cavity (anti-tartar; anti-periodontal disease);

Cellular functioning (anti-inflammation; anti-cancer effects);

along with other disease-fighting compounds & antioxidants, too, that work together in synergy.

4.)  Right at HomeIt’s one of very few original fruits to North America; used by Native Americans as food and as medicine [per The Cranberry Institute website].  Cranberries are now harvested in:  New Jersey, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, & Washington state, plus British Columbia & Quebec, Canada [per Ocean Spray packaging].

5.)  Fresh [this time of year] and Available several ways:  Fresh cranberries are generally available between October and December; but they can be found throughout the year in other forms, such as dried or juiced.  Their tart flavor can be a flattering addition to salads, fruit cocktails, & sorbets; Also often used in muffins, breads, and sauces.

What a gift! 

Let’s Taste & See the Goodness Today. –EF

©2013.–The Way to Nourish for Life:  Ideas expressed within this post are those of The Way to Nourish for Life RD [EF].  Note:  Please refer to ABOUT section of “The Way to Nourish for Life” for caveat:  https://thewaytonourishforlife.wordpress.com/about


3 thoughts on “A Fruitful New Way Begins—In Thanksgiving

  1. Eileen, thanks for visiting my blog. I’m big into natural healing and applying the benefits of food to keep my health so I’ll be visiting you often. How about joining us at Sunday Snippets over at RAnn’s blog, This That and the Other Thing? Its a roundup of Catholic blogs that starts on Saturday evening. Check the link in my Sabbath Moments post. We’re all Catholic and loving it. You’d fit in just fine.

    So glad you posted about the cranberry. I buy them and freeze them for using year round making gluten free breads and muffins. The tartness is very appealing.

  2. Reblogged this on The Way to Nourish for Life! and commented:

    In thanksgiving, always, let us pray. Dear Lord…
    Today we give thanks for our many blessings, as we pray for those in need.
    We give thanks for our family and friends, as we pray for those who are lonely.
    We give thanks for our freedoms, as we pray for those who are oppressed.
    We give thanks for our good health, as we pray for those who are ill.
    We give thanks for our comfort and prosperity, as we share our blessings with others.
    On this day of thanksgiving, may the love of God enfold us, the peace of God dwell within us, and the joy of God uplift us.
    Amen. [Thanksgiving Prayer by St. Vincent Meals On Wheels; per catholic.org]
    “A Fruitful New Way Begins—In Thanksgiving” noted here is a re-post from last November, the month The Way to Nourish for Life was born (and me, too). God bless. Taste and see! ♥Eileen Frank, RD

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