November 27, 2021

You scream, we scream, we all scream for cranberries! Don’t miss your chance on enjoying this month’s Dietitian’s Produce Pick of the month, cranberries! This nutritional power-packed fruit is a healthy addition to many of your meals and snacks. With its tart flavor, cranberries can add that extra flavor punch your recipe may be missing. Do not miss your chance on sneaking cranberries into your next meal.

Cranberries are quite versatile and nutritious. Try cranberries as a sauce on meats, make them into a dressing for salads or drizzle them on a decadent dessert. Cranberries can be baked in goodies like scones, muffins, cakes and breads without any prep work. Pulse cranberries in a blender and use in a relish or salsa, use as a garnish on a cocktail or chop and add to your morning oatmeal.

When looking for the best cranberries in the store, look for fresh cranberries that are plump and hard to touch with a deep red color. Avoid shriveled berries or any that have brown spots. Store cranberries in a tightly sealed plastic bag in the fridge for up to two months, or wash, dry and spread berries on a baking sheet to freeze.

Cranberries are a nutritional powerhouse; research has shown that cranberries really do help prevent urinary tract infections, are a good source of vitamin C and anthocyanins, an antioxidant that may protect against certain cancers, and do not contain fat, saturated fat, cholesterol or sodium, making them a tasty part of a low-fat, heart-healthy diet.

If you are looking for more ways to use cranberries, check out for additional recipes. Look into our Healthy Habits meal-planning program or our monthly themed events for even more ideas. Check out the recipe below for a festive holiday drink!

Cranberry Spritzer
Serves 1

All You Need:
4 oz Hy-Vee 100% cranberry juice
4 oz Hy-Vee club soda
Cranberries, fresh or frozen, for garnish
Fresh rosemary sprig, for garnish

All you do:

  1. Pour cranberry juice and club soda over ice in an 8 oz. glass. Stir and garnish with cranberries and rosemary sprig, if desired.

Recipe source: The information is not intended as medical advice. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.