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High and Dry: The Perks of Dried Fruit

By Janis Jibrin, M.S., R.D., Best Life lead nutritionist

I just dotted my opened-faced peanut butter sandwich with dried cherries (and a little bit of honey) and wondered, “How much nutrition is left in these cherries, or other dried fruit, for that matter?” Quite a lot, I discovered after consulting recent studies. While vitamins, like vitamin C, may dwindle with drying, phytonutrients—beneficial plant compounds—remain.

dried fruit

Here’s what I found:

Dried Cherries

I buy “sour” or “tart” cherries, and a study in the Journal of Food Science found that these dried fruits are rich in compounds that clobber two types of free radicals, harmful molecules that promote heart disease, cancer and neurological disorders.


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The Ultimate Thanksgiving Leftovers Guide: 20 Delicious Recipes

The big day is over and you likely have a few containers of leftovers lying around your house. This could either mean you eat lots of the same thing over and over again for the next few days or you get creative and turn your turkey, sweet potatoes, and cranberries into something much more delicious than they were before.

We’ve rounded up 20 of our favorite recipes from around the web to help you utilize your Thanksgiving leftovers creatively and (mostly) healthfully. Let’s start with the most common leftover item of all: the bird.

Turkey
You can easily chop up leftover turkey and add it to a salad, vegetable soup or sandwich for a quick and easy source of protein. Try these creative and healthy recipes for a unique spin on your Thanksgiving bird.
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A Reader’s Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe Gets a Healthy Makeover

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and we are getting very excited about the upcoming holiday. Thanksgiving has always held a special place in my heart as I’ve always loved getting together with family and sharing a delicious meal, especially considering all the women in my family are amazing cooks. Think pies, turkey, stuffing and everything in between. Let’s just say I don’t leave hungry.

It seems everyone has their own special traditions when it comes to holiday gatherings and recipes are no exception. While passing down recipes such as your grandma’s signature “green marshmallow fluff” does hold sentimental value, more and more people are becoming conscious of their diets and desire real, whole foods instead of fake, processed ones. This is where recipe makeovers comes in.
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Ocean Spray Craisins Recalled Due to Metal Fragments

three bags of Ocean Spray Dried CranberriesThis past weekend, Ocean Spray voluntarily recalled some of its Original Flavor Craisins Dried Cranberries, because some lots were found to contain hair-like fragments of metal. The recall includes Craisins sold in five-ounce, 10-ounce, 48-ounce packages and 10-pound bulk packages. No other Ocean Spray products are affected.

However, the metal pieces do not appear to pose a serious problem to consumers, as the FDA states that the recalled products are unlikely to cause injury and that the measure was taken “out of an abundance of caution to ensure the safety of our consumers.”

Below is a list of the recalled products and their associated “Best By” dates. Only dates followed by the letter “M” are affected.


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Ocean Spray and Chef Ming Tsai Create a Cranberry Bog in NYC for a Few Lucky Fans

Ever dined in Rockefeller Center? Ever dined in a cranberry bog in Rockefeller Center? Seems crazy, but will be a reality for a few select guests this month.

Ocean Spray is hosting a limited invite event on October 18. The 30 guests lucky enough to attend “The Cranberry Mix & MINGle” will dine in a pop-up restaurant inside the makeshift bog. Attendees will be treated to creations from the famed Chef Ming Tsai. The foods and drinks will all be cranberry inspired and infused. From Ming’s cranberry “mocktails” to savory dishes, the coveted seats will be well fed.

Ocean Spray hosted a Facebook recipe contest to win tickets to the event. Contestants were to submit cranberry themed recipes for a chance to win a cranberry themed trip to New York City.


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