Today we’re sharing a round-up of special holiday recipes from Nutrition Stripped (McKel Hill) just in time for Thanksgiving. These are all vegan friendly and gluten free!
Beat the post-Thanksgiving bloat with cranberries. Cranberries are a natural diuretic (i.e. they release fluids from the body), which is a perfect counterbalance to your Thanksgiving meal as they tend to be loaded with sodium. Be sure to drink plenty of water the day of and day after your Thanksgiving to flush the body of access sodium and water that your body may be holding onto, which also is from higher carbohydrate intake and maybe one too many cocktails.
POMEGRANATE CRANBERRY SAUCE
- 2 cups fresh cranberries
- 1 cup pomegranate seeds
- 1 large apple (1 cup), diced
- ½ cup raw orange, cubed
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed orange juice
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds, ground
- 1 teaspoon fresh orange zest
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
- small pinch of sea salt to taste
Combine all ingredients (except orange juice and pomegranate seeds) into a sauce pan and heat on medium-high.
Bring this mixture to a boil and cook for 5 minutes, reduce to simmer for 15 minutes on low heat until the cranberries have broken apart, all the fruit has been softened.
Take of the heat after everything is soft and thickened.
Stir in the pomegranate seeds and orange juice last.
Serve warm or chilled.
Keeps for 5-7 days in the fridge.
NOTES: Sweeten // if this is too tangy for your tastes, simply add more maple syrup or stevia to sweeten.
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McKel Hill, MS, RD, LDN is an internationally known dietitian/nutritionist and the creator of Nutrition Stripped, a plant-centric whole foods lifestyle and blog. McKel shares nourishing and delicious recipes weekly while inspiring her readers to take their health to the next level. McKel coaches privately with women all over the world, hosts Nutrition Stripped Supper Clubs and workshops. Her cookbook will be published early 2016.