Cranberry Shrub

A cranberry shrub served over ice, and topped off with sparkling water is the go to holiday beverage for those commited to health  and fitness goals. Cranberry ShrubIf you’re like me, you make fresh cranberry sauce once a year. If there happens to be any leftover, it’s sinful to waste. Adding it to turkey sandwiches is a plus, and this year I’m expanding my cranberry inspiration by making cranberry shrubs.

My first attempt at making a  shrub was three years ago when I made this strawberry mint shrub following the simple  template for the beverage: one part fruit, one part sugar and one part vinegar. If you have leftover cranberry sauce after Thanksgiving, you already have the first two ingredients!  All that’s necessary is the addition of vinegar (the so called star of the shrub). Now at first glance you might think this is a sugar bomb, but it  absoulutely is not! You eventually strain off the cranberry sauce. I did not send this off to a lab, but my best guess is there still is a good bit of sugar remaining in the cranberry sauce (yes, I tasted it. It was vinegary, but also had some sweetness.) This cranberry shrub has some of the cranberry flavor, without a heaping amount of sugar. It’s fat free, cholesterol free, saturated fat free. Plus, there is no alcohol, which by the way , is more calorie dense (per gram) than sugar. 

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Cranberry Shrub

Cranberry Shrub is a terrific mocktail.

A cranberry shrub served over ice, and topped off with sparkling water is the go to holiday beverage for those commited to health  and fitness goals.

  • Author: Diane Boyd
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cranberry sauce
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • ice
  • 24 ounces sparkling water
  • one dozen fresh cranberries

Instructions

Place cranberry sauce in a glass container. Pour vinegar overtop. Cover and refrigerate overnight. After at least eight hours, strain cranberry mixture by pouring into a container through a cheese cloth or paper filter. To make each serving, add ice to glass. Pour 2 ounces of cranberry shrub on top of ice. Finish with 6  ounces sparlking water.  Garnish each glass with fresh cranberries.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 8 oz.
  • Calories: 40
  • Sugar: trace
  • Sodium: trace
  • Fat: 0
  • Saturated Fat: 0
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 10 grams
  • Fiber: 0
  • Protein: 0
  • Cholesterol: 0

 

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Cranberry n’ Custard Minis

Fresh cranberries and  raspberry liqueur come together for a delicious syrup that tops a light  custard. Perfect for Friendsgiving,  serve in mini dessert cups to give everyone a taste,  elevate the party mood,  promote togetherness, and make a  healthier holiday.Cranberry N' Custard MinisDisclosure: I received fresh cranberries from the Cranberry Institute. I was not expected to write this post. I was not compensated for my time. Opinions are my own. 

Nothing raises the bar on staying fit and comitted to your health goals like the holidays.  Stay calm and  motivated  by remembering my  simple mantra:

Eat what you love, but pay attention to portion sizes.

Restricting delicious holiday foods is no fun, and for some people, it creates negative feelings that  can lead to  binge eating. Eating mindfully and enjoying some of your favorite foods is a healthier option. But let’s face it, keeping portions under control is easier said than done. This time of year, I especially like to use the ‘small plate’ style of dining. If hosing a Friendsgiving event, suggest your guests bring foods that make it easy to share with the entire gang.   By encouraging everyone to get a taste of all  Friendsgivings culinary creations,  you  elevate the party mood, and guarantee  portions served start small.

IMHO nothing says Happy Friendsgiving better than fresh cranberries. Right now I want to give a HUGE shout out to the Cranberry Institute for sending me these beauties! This seasonal berry enhances the taste of a wide range of foods, is nutritious and adds a festive flair! 

That said, here’s how I put them to good use in my ‘small plates” Friendsgiving culinary creation.Cranberry N' Custard MinisThis Cranberry N’Custard mini dessert is made in  under 30 minutes, and can be done ahead of time. Cranberries and Chambord make a spectacular syrup that tops a light custard. Finished with a dollop of whipped cream,  these minis brighten your serving table, and delight  guests with seasonal taste all under 175 calories each.

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Cranberry N’Custard Minis

Cranberry and Custard Minis are a light dessert that's easy to make.
  • Author: Diane Boyd
  • Yield: 12

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup Chambord
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 -12 ounce can skim evaporated milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt
  • 1/4 cup whipped cream

Instructions

To make the cranberry syrup: combine fresh cranberries, Chambord, 1/2 cup sugar and water in a small saucepan. Place over medium heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, crushing cranberries with a wooden spoon against sides of pan, until all have burst and syrup thickens.

to make custard

In a medium saucepan, combine the egg, remaining 1/2 cupsugar and cornstarch. Beat with a whisk or electric beater set on low speed until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is smooth. (The mixture will appear dry at first, but will become liquid as you beat it.) Place the evaporated skim milk in a microwave safe measuring cup and heat 2 minutes on high until hot to the touch (this will reduce cooking time). Whisk the milk into the egg mixture while the pan is set over low heat. Cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture comes to a boil and thickens. If the mixture looks curdled, keep beating with a whisk until the lumps are incorporated into the pudding. Immediately remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla. Allow to cool completely .Add one cup of vanilla nonfat yogurt. Can be made 3 days in advance and stored in the refrigerator.

Fill mini dessert glasses three quarters full of custard. Top with cranberry syrup. Finish with a dollop of whipped cream.

 

Nutrition

  • Calories: 163kcal
  • Sugar: 24g
  • Sodium: 39mg
  • Fat: 3g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 27g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 22mg

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