Healthy Cranberry Orange Relish
My favorite, amazingly easy to make, Cranberry Orange Salad is full of antioxidants, fiber and nutrition. I learned this recipe from my mom who learned it from her mom.
My grandmother Frances always used an old fashion grinder which my mother still uses to this day. It is the perfect tool for grinding the fresh cranberries and orange rind so they come out to the perfect consistency.
This year I went to my husband’s family’s for Thanksgiving and I had to improvise with my Magic Bullet making the relish in small batches. My nephew, Daniel, took charge back home in Idaho using my grandmother’s grinder.
Cranberries are chock full of antioxidants and vitamin C and they are great at fighting urinary tract infections. The rind of the orange contains 4 times more fiber–which stabilizes blood sugar, aids in weight loss and promotes healthy bowel function–than the fruit itself.
1 bag fresh cranberries
1 large orange washed well
A little bit of sugar, stevia or honey to sweeten it up (I personally don’t like too much, just a tsp or 2)
In a grinder or food processor add whole cranberries and whole orange (with peel on) and blend until you find the desired consistency. I like mine to still be a little chunky. Pour into bowl and add a little sweetener to taste and mix well. Place in refrigerator until chilled before serving.
The relish will last in the fridge for a week and can be served along side fresh fish, over oatmeal for breakfast or spread thinly on a piece of toast or used as a spread for leftover turkey sandwiches. You can even add a 1/4 cup of it to a blender with some whey protein powder, honey, cinnamon or ginger, ice and a little almond, soy or 1% milk for a pre or post workout smoothie.
Kristin McGee is a celebrity yoga and Pilates instructor in New York City. She is the star of over 100 videos, a contributing editor at Health Magazine and a spokeswoman for many brands and causes she believes in. Kristin also appears frequently on television. A proud mom to three, she sure keeps herself busy!