Gingered Cranberry Sauce

Thanksgiving is almost here, and without a doubt, its my favorite holiday of the year. What can I say - I love to eat. And in our fast-paced lives, its not very often that we take the time to actually ENJOY the food we eat. Although on this particular day, we run the risk of enjoying it a little too much. 

Here is unique twist on a Thanksgiving classic, that will warm you up and actually help you digest all the yummy food you'll be enjoying next week.

Gingered Cranberry Sauce 
(about 7 servings)

1 bag (12 ounces) cranberries
1½ cups apple cider
¾ cup honey
1 tablespoon crystallized ginger, finely minced
1 tablespoon orange peel, grated
6 whole cloves
4 cinnamon sticks, broken in half

1. Combine all ingredients in large, heavy saucepan.
2. Bring to boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and simmer, about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until berries burst and sauce thickens.
3. Remove cloves and cinnamon sticks; refrigerate sauce until cold.

- They promote urinary tract health, thanks to proanthocyanidins (PACs) which act as a barrier to bacteria that might otherwise latch on to the urinary tract lining.
- Their benefits may also effect the gastrointestinal tract. Current research shows that cranberries can play a role in suppressing the growth of H. pylori, the malicious bacteria that causes most cases of stomach ulcers and creates a risk of gastric cancer.
- Recent studies have also shown they may play a role in helping to reduce the risk of kidney stones, as well as lower bad (LDL) cholesterol.
- Cranberries contain anthocyanadins, potent antioxidants also found in blueberries and pomegranates. Antioxidants fight inflammation and the oxidation of free radicals in our bodies, helping to prevent aging, disease, and health problems.
- Cranberries also contain plenty of vitamin C, vitamin K, and manganese.

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- In herbal medicine, ginger is regarded as an excellent carminative (a substance which promotes the elimination of intestinal gas) and intestinal spasmolytic (a substance which relaxes and soothes the intestinal tract).
- Ginger is very effective in preventing the symptoms of motion sickness, especially seasickness.
- It contains anti-inflammatory compounds.
- Ginger can not only be warming on a cold day, but can help promote healthy sweating, which is often helpful during colds and flus.

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Orange Peel
- Orange peel has more phytonutrients and flavonoids than the inner pulp, endowing it with anti-inflammatory properties that can aid digestion and relieve gastrointestinal problems such as acidity, heartburn, flatulence, diarrhea and the digestion of fatty foods.
- Orange peel is rich in vitamins A and C, both of which are natural antioxidants that boost the overall health of the immune system and fight infection, colds and flu.
- In Chinese Medicine, it is used to regulate digestive function by relieving gas/bloating sensations, food retention and abdominal distension. 

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Hope you enjoy!