Cranberries are fruits that are related to bilberries, lingonberries and blueberries. Those that are commercially-grown can be found in the northern part of the United States and southern Canada. Other wild varieties of the fruit can be found throughout Europe and the southern part of the U.S.
If there is one thing that cranberries are known for are its ability to help in preventing urinary track infection. But that’s not all that the fruit can contribute to one’s overall health.
Cranberries are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants such as:
- Vitamin C (essential for your skin health)
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin K1 (for blood clotting)
- Antioxidants – proanthocyanidins, quercetin, myricetin and peonidin (helpful in the prevention of UTI)
Cranberries can be used as fabric dyes. So if you are looking for a dye that is safe to use on a tie dye art with your kids, try using cranberries.
Now on to making some yummy protein bars!
Cashew Cranberry Protein Bar
- 60g Cashews
- 40g Dried Cranberries
- 5g Desiccated Coconut
- 15g Coconut Oil
- 20g Vanilla Whey Protein Powder
- 20g Coconut Flour
- 30ml Almond Milk (1/8 cup)
- 1/2 Teaspoon Himalayan Salt
Macros per bar: Calories: 177, Carbohydrates 9.4g, Sugar 2.3g, Fibre 3.3g, Protein 8g, Fat 12.2g
(Macros based on organic whey isolate protein powder. Values will vary depending on the protein powder used.)
1. Combine all ingredients together into a food processor and blend until they are all well mixed.
2. If the mixture is a little dry add a few drops of water or almond milk but make sure it’s just a small amount. The mixtures usually get sticky quickly and only a really small amount of extra almond milk is needed. If the mixture is a bit sticky however just add a little bit more protein powder, coconut flour or another dry ingredient.
3. Shape the mixture into bars or balls and either put into the fridge or coat with coconut or chocolate. If you want to make your own chocolate I use four teaspoons of coconut oil, six teaspoons of raw cacao and two teaspoons of agave. I just add them all to a small saucepan and heat on the stove until they are all melted. Then use to dip your homemade protein bars or balls in.
To your health,
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