Healthy Recipes

Healthy Food: 5 Ways to Eat Cranberries

This tasty fruit is packed with fiber, will boost your immune system, and is versatile to boot. Try cranberries in these five delicious ways.


1. Cook with Quinoa

Preheat oven to 400°F. In a bowl mix 12 oz cranberries, ¼ cup maple syrup and water, and zest of 1 orange. Pour into baking dish to form a single layer; bake 20 minutes. Add cooked berry mixture, ¼ cup olive oil and vinegar, ½ cup crumbled goat cheese, walnuts, and 2 stalks chopped celery to 1 cup of cooked quinoa, then toss.

2. Whip Up a Spread

Combine ½ cup softened low-fat cream cheese, ½ cup fat-free feta crumbles, 1 cup diced dried cranberries, and 1 cup chopped green onion. Mix all ingredients and refrigerate.

3. Make a Sauce

Combine 12 oz cranberries, ½ cup each of dark brown sugar and water, 6 oz mandarin oranges, ¼ tsp ground cardamom, and 2 (½-by-3 inch) strips orange rind in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat. Simmer until cranberries pop and mixture thickens. Remove orange rind, chill 2 hours. Can make 2 days ahead.

4. Pack a Trail Mix

Mix together 1 cup dried cranberries, ¼ cup pumpkin seeds, ¼ cup raw almonds, ¼ cup unsweetened dark chocolate, and 4 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut. Perfect for on-the-go snacking.

5. Bake a Protein Bar

Whisk ½ cup each of oats, whole wheat flour, and cocoa powder, ¾ cup dried cranberries, two scoops whey, 1 tbsp cornstarch, and 1½ tsp baking powder. In separate bowl, whisk ¼ cup each of honey and applesauce, and 2 egg whites. Stir this into flour mixture and add 10 tsp dark chocolate chips. Spread batter into 8-inch square baking pan. Bake for 15 minutes at 300°. Let cool. Slice into bars.

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