If you are a busy person, you probably find it challenging to eat healthy while you are on the go. As a result, you seek more convenient options, such as eating fast foods.
The sad part is, while these fast food companies’ profits go up, your health dramatically goes down over time. Many Americans often fall victim to the bad eating habits that result from a fast-paced lifestyle. Let me remind everyone that statistically speaking, we are the fattest country in the entire world, with 67% of overweight Americans, and 35% of the American population struggling with obesity.
But things do not have to be this way. If you know you have a fast-paced lifestyle, and you take your health seriously, then you want to assure that the food you eat is made with ingredients you can pronounce. If an ingredient is either too hard to pronounce, or sounds like a chemical, chances are, it is probably bad for your health. Get in the habit of cooking the recipes yourself, and learn about healthy homemade recipes that you can cook in less than half an hour.
One such healthy recipe is homemade cranberry sauce. I know most people choose cranberry sauce that comes in a can. This is dangerous, as the canned alternative contains loads of calories. For example: one hundred grams of fresh cranberries contain only 46 calories. On the other hand, 100 grams of canned cranberry sauce is packed with approximately 150 calories. The extra hundred calories that you get from the canned cranberry sauce, represents approximately six teaspoons of sugar. We all know that excess sugar causes fat retention over time.
Based on this simple difference between fresh cranberries and canned cranberry sauce, homemade cranberry sauce is the better option.
How do I make homemade cranberry sauce?
Here are the ingredients you will need for your homemade cranberry sauce:
1 orange, peeled and cut into small pieces
1 tablespoon of orange zest
1 pack of 12 oz cranberries, fresh or frozen
1 cup of water
½ cup of brown sugar
½ teaspoon of cinnamon
1) Combine the water and sugar in a small saucepan, and let it boil on the stove
2) Add the fresh cranberries to the saucepan, and bring them to a boil; stir occasionally
3) Reduce the fire to a low flame, and add the orange zest, as well as the peeled orange. Let the mixture cook for about 10 minutes, or until the cranberries start making popping sounds. Stir frequently
4) Remove the saucepan from the stove and let it cool.
Voila! Your homemade cranberry sauce is done. Now, just let it cool off in the fridge.
How to make homemade cranberry jelly?
Another variation of the homemade cranberry sauce is the cranberry jelly. To make cranberry jelly, spoon the cranberry sauce into a strainer; press it with the back of a pot spoon, and collect the juice in a bowl. Repeat until the desired amount of juice is collected. Then place it in the fridge until it solidifies.
That’s it. Now you know how to make healthy homemade cranberry sauce and cranberry jelly!