A myriad of specific elderly nutrition problems tend to increase as we age — and proper nutrition is often more difficult to get. Nutrition (or lack of it) in our older loved ones is often hidden
And it may be difficult to discover exactly what it going on.

When Dad first moved from Arizona into his assisted living facility back here, he was 93. One of the first things I noticed was his lack of appetite. It was not just from the stress of moving, but was a long-term issue. He ate like a bird, ate very little protein, but lots of salt and sugar. Lots of snacks.This was not like him. He had always been astute with his nutrition.

So I immediately had to make sure plenty of healthy snack food (including with protein) was always on hand, plus be sure that he got at least one good protein meal a day. (See our page on delicious elderly nutrition snacks).

Certainly, taking vitamins and supplements can help. And a balanced diet plan is a must. Nutritious recipes for cooking can help. We know all these things, at least in the back of our minds. But the consequences of not getting enough high nutrition foods is very serious.

Consequences…

Proper elderly nutrition and eating habits are crucial to maintain quality of life: control blood sugar levels to avoid diabetes, maintain good vision, a positive mood, good sleep, better eyesight, energy, bone and muscle strength, digestion, good elimination, etc. These are severely affected with poor diet, causing sometimes serious elderly nutrition problems.

Startling Studies and Statistics

Some of the studies I came upon floored me. Elderly nutrition problems are, and have been, an important concern for health officials — the Centers for Disease Control estimate that by 2030 the U.S. population will double, to about 71 million older adults. That is about one in every five people.

We are, as they say, on the “brink of a longevity revolution.” It is crucial that we focus on a healthy lifestyle, and nutrition tops the list.

In 2000 the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion did a study with a group of elderly, their nutrition, and elderly nutrition problems. The average age in the study was 72.3 years old, with 48% men and 52% women.

They concluded that elderly who did not eat sufficient amounts of quality food (i.e. meat, fish, vegetables) took in, of course, less calories, good carbs, good fats, and protein. Key vitamins and minerals (such as the B’s, iron and zinc) that are crucial to brain and immune system function were also lacking. They thus were more greatly susceptible to infection, as well as cognitive disorders and chronic illness.

The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) studies also say that of Americans over age 65, malnutrition and obesity are common. This can be partly due to having to cheap, nutrition-less food. Because of budget concerns. In fact, the studies indicate that if the elderly receive what is known as “nutritional intervention,” many diseases could be prevented.

One of the most startling studies to me was this…
Intervention studies
indicate that malnutrition is a major reason for hospitalization for the elderly — one of the more severe elderly nutrition problems. As we age have the same Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) as when we were young, with Vitamins D, B6, and calcium as exceptions.

Yet the elderly don’t need as many calories. I certainly realized this with Dad. So with less calories, often these needed nutrients are not obtained. Women need even fewer calories, so can have even a more difficult time.

It is evident that highly nutritious foods with lower calories are vital, and a wide variety of foods in moderate portions. But many elderly enjoy comfort food and snacking — often their choices are not healthy.

Dad loved to just nibble. He got to a point when he only vaguely cared about the nutritional value of his food. I had to care for him. So healthy  snacks are a very important means of getting those nutrient-dense foods.

Food Stamps can assist the elderly in obtaining healthy groceries, yet according to the U.S. government, very few participate because of lack of information about the program and as importantly, about nutritional need. They do not perceive that there is an elderly nutrition problem. Many elderly also perceive a negative stigma attached to Food Stamps.

There are other elderly nutrition problems, however. They’re serious, sometimes subtle elderly dietary problems are from changes in eating patterns. And we need to get to the root of it, as they pose a real health threat.

There are many reasons for poor eating
Like the inability to grocery shop, poor digestion, chewing difficulties including difficulties with dentures, poor appetite. Loved ones may pick at food, or even forget to eat. Or they might just like what they like, and it’s not necessarily all good. And oh how stubborn older folks can sometimes be!

There are also specialty concerns, such as diabetes. And if your loved one has any kind of serious vision loss, there is a special recommended nutrition for eyes that you should know about. It’s particularly for vision and macular degeneration nutrition. This eye disease is one of Dad’s major issues. Macular degeneration extremely common. So I was particularly interested in anything that can help prevent or help this. An eye doctor can tell you about this particular nutrition for eyes if you are concerned.

Solutions

No doubt a number of preventative measures can assist in elderly heath besides good nutrition.

Also important are regular exercise (which aids in all body functions including digestion), quitting tobacco products, and getting regular preventative medical check-ups, including for dementia screening (dementia greatly impacts eating and nutrition), and depression. Other issues can occur with elderly nutritition food safety as well, and we discuss more solutions on that page.

An interesting consideration which I personally have used for years, — Goat milk products have special properties that can help provide proper nutrition for the elderly. You can read more about this topic at a web site called Everything Goat Milk; see Elderly Nutrition and Goat Milk.

The Centers for Disease Control state that although there is, of course, a higher possibility of poor health as we age, it is not an inevitable consequence!

Follow our link below and learn more about elderly nutrition and what you can do.

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by Deb
(Wisconsin)

These apple sauce brownies are absolutely delicious and use just a little oil. Plus, the apples make them very healthy.

Ingredients:
1/4 Cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 Cups Sugar (can use sugar substitute like Splenda or adjust with stevia instead)
2 Cups Flour (try whole wheat pastry flour)
2 Cups Apple sauce (naturally sweetened or unsweetened is best)
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
2 Tablespoons Cocoa
2 eggs (can use 4 egg whites to reduce fat even more)

Directions:
Pre Heat oven at 350F. Beat sugar and oil until smooth, then mix in remaining ingredients. Pour mixture into greased 9 X 13 inch pan. Bake at 350F for about 35 minutes. Let cool, then enjoy!

For an extra delight, you can sprinkle chocolate chips or powdered sugar on top, once brownies are finished baking. Another option is to add nuts to the brownie batter for a delicious and nutty flair!

I hope you enjoy these special brownies as much as my family and I do!

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by Madelaine
(NC)

My family has some great easy dips – with a little pizazz! (Even if your stomach or system can’t handle much “pizzaz”)! We serve these a lot during the holidays, parties, and don’t lets forget watching the big game. Or Downton Abbey ??

I do understand that sometimes seniors have more sensitive stomachs and digestion and need food that is a little bland. But these are so good I wanted to share them anyway, because you can always change them, and remove an ingredient if you need to, or substitute your favorite that is less pizazzy. If that is a word. Some of these are good for dipping veggies into, as well. So here are a few of our favorites.

Spinach Appetizers

1 package of frozen spinach chopped, thaw and drain really well
4-5 green onions, chopped fine
1 tsp lemon juice
2-4 dashes of tobasco sauce
Real mayonnaise, enough to make it all spreadable
Salt to taste

Combine everything and chill well. Serve chilled, spread on Escort crackers (or your other favorite fancy crackers).

Picante Party Dip

1 medium size jar of Pace Picante Sauce, medium hot, (or else whatever else you like).
2 Haas (or Hass) avocados, chopped (these are the kind with dark bumpy skin and the inside is lightish green).
1 medium seedless English cucumber, chopped.
½ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese.
1 tsp fresh lime juice.

Combine all the ingredients and chill well. Serve with chilled with white and blue corn tortilla chips.

Hot Curried Crab Dip

6 oz lump crab meat, picked through for shells and cartilage
8 oz softened cream cheese
1 tsp sweet curry powder
1 Tablespoon minced shallot
1 T milk
Freshly cracked black pepper

Mix all ingredients and place in a greased shallow baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes until hot and bubbly. Serve with melba toast rounds.

One thing I know is that seniors do love parties. My mother ate these dips just fine, as did her mother. But you can change them as you need to. Enjoy!

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healthy snacks

These elderly nutrition snacks can help tip the balance – in favor of you or your loved one’s dietary needs, in an enjoyable way – using highly healthy foods and snacks.

Many seniors experience loss of appetite or change in eating habits due to a variety of issues. Sometimes they are no longer able to cook much. Nutritious snacks to just grab can come in very handy.

About elderly nutrition snacks…

Choosing snacks will depend on health issues (including ability to chew well), doctor recommendations, dietary restrictions, allergies, etc.

It’s typical for elderly to pick at meals or snack in small amounts throughout the day. Unfortunately, sometimes this snacking is very unhealthy. We all know much of the snack food is lacking in proper nutrition. The sugar, bad fats and carbs are, in fact, detrimental to elderly people’s sensitive health and lead to all sorts of elderly nutrition problems.

Since many enjoyable senior activities revolve around food and snacking, let’s make them healthy! In all cases, use as much low-salt or no-salt as possible in your elderly nutrition snacks, as well as reduced or no sugar. Also choose healthy oils. If you like easy cooking, we have some fabulous and very easy healthy snack recipes to make!

Snack List – to have on hand:

Easy to grab and munch! It’s always best to get natural foods, minimally processed, especially from the health food section or store. Here are some favorites:

broccoli

Bag of cut pre-veggies — Such as broccoli, cauliflower (although they get brown faster) and baby carrots. (Both broccoli and carrots are high antioxidant foods). These already-cut and bagged veggies are ideal to stock and grab. I have them around all the time.
Bag of organic baby spinach leaves — Besides putting these into sandwiches, tortilla roll-ups and the like, I eat them straight out of the bag like others eat chips! I love them. Spinach is also a high antioxidant food and is recommended for good vision, especially preventing macular degeneration. Bags of greens make ideal elderly nutrition snacks
Bag of organic spring greens mix — Another green leafy snack – which is recommended for good vision.
Snap pea pods – These raw pea pods come in bags and are naturally a little sweet. And crispy. Delicious!
Mini baby carrots – The smallest mini-size carrots are quite thin and are the easiest to bite and chew.
Red peppers – These need to be washed and cut; especially high in Vitamins C and A. Good for the eyes. Peppers of all colors make great elderly nutrition snacks
Bag of pre-shredded red cabbage — The US Department of Agriculture says the red pigment (anthocyanins) helps fight cancer. Use in tortilla roll-ups, sandwiches, general cooking. I also eat this right out of the bag!

Cherry tomatoes — Easy to pop into your mouth and eat. No cutting necessary. High in antioxidants. Dad and I grow them in pots, and pick.
Celery sticks — High in vitamin C, good for blood pressure, cholesterol, and preventing cancer. We also like to add a little spreadable cheese.
Avocado — Needs to be cut or sliced, also found in guacamole dips. High in vitamins, minerals and lutein, which is recommended to prevent vision problems and macular degeneration. Avos can be used in all sorts of elderly nutrition snacks
Olives — Choose kalamata (Greek) or nicoise (French). They are naturally processed and more flavorful. Other standard black and green olives (Mission olives and Spanish olives) that you see on the grocery shelves may be cured with lye.
Variety of fresh, seasonal fruit – Always best to get organic without pesticides if possible. You can also clean with a special spray fruit and vegetable wash. See fruits mentioned above in the antioxidant list for your elderly nutrition snacks.
Hummus — This is a flavorful Mediterranean chickpea dip also often made with olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and a little salt. Get a natural kind. Also great as a spread.
Dried apples — And other dried fruit. We get them from the health food store without preservatives, and low- or no-sugar.
Dried cranberries — Make sure they are as low in sugar as possible. They’re also fun to toss in cereals, or even in rice or other cooked grains.
Natural juices — We get these in the natural food section. They contain natural sugars and are 100% natural fruit juice. Most other commercial juices add a lot of extra sugar and empty calories.

Raw nuts — (Some elderly, of course find nuts difficult to eat). Unprocessed nuts maintain their nutrients. Many are high in antioxidants. The best nuts are almonds, walnuts, pecans, brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pine nuts, pistachios. Nuts can be included in many elderly nutrition snacks — use your imagination!
Nut butters — Get unprocessed, fresh nut butters that maintain their nutrients. These can be used in all kinds of elderly nutrition snacks. Besides peanut butter, try almond butter or cashew butter (my favorite). Spread on whole grain crackers, or make a sandwich with whole grain bread. Nut butters are a great alternative if elderly have a hard time chewing nuts.
Natural pumpkin seeds — Again, for some, seeds can be difficult. Raw seeds are very high in vitamins and minerals. See our easy and delicious recipe below for a baked pumpkin seed snack.
Unsweetened, all-fruit jam — Made with pure fruit, these provide nutrients and are naturally sweet and contain no added sugar. You can put it in yogurt or over natural ice cream too.
Natural granola, without added sugar — Fun to just put in a bowl and snack on.
Granola bars — A wonderful brand is Kashi. These are natural granola bars and are low in fat. They have a good balance of health carbs, protein and sugars, and other nutrients.
Herring in wine sauce — Herring has a lot of nutrients such as Omega 3 fatty acids, as found in other ocean fish. This is one of Dad’s favorite snacks, on a whole-grain cracker.
Canned tuna and/or salmon — Again, lots of healthy nutrients. Since it is pre-cooked, it can be used right out of the can on crackers or toast, or in a quick salad.
Pieces of small, cooked pre-cut chicken
Natural salami slices — Minimally processed and without nitrates. Get it in the natural foods section. Salami, of course, does contain salt.
Whole grain crackers — You’ll get lots of ideas from this page for using crackers in elderly nutrition snacks. Try to find low-fat, reduced salt.
Whole grain tortilla chips — Baked is always best. And serve with a little salsa, of course.
Popcorn — low salt, and low- or no-butter. I get my microwavable popcorn from the health food store. It is totally plain, so I can dress it up as I want with just enough butter and salt to suit my taste. Also try parmesan cheese or a little freshly ground pepper. Or both!
Trail mix — low or no sugar types are ideal.
Brown rice cakes — Brown rice is much healthier than white rice because it is unprocessed and contains more nutrients.
Low-fat string cheese sticks — You can find these in low-fat, low-salt versiona.
Yoghurt — Plain, unsweetened, which you can then dress up with berries or natural jam, or a little natural granola on top. Greek yoghurt is also a favorite, and more natural.
Spreadable cheese — You can get natural cheeses in small tubs. Again, most types do have some salt. Great to put on vegetables!
Rice Dream — Instead of ice cream. Non-dairy, lactose-free. These are all-natural frozen desserts that are derived from rice instead of milk or cream. They have the texture of ice cream, are just a delicious, and come in many flavors. They also come in frozen bars on a stick with a natural chocolate coating, or frozen pies. My favorite is called a Mocha Pie. Find them in the health food section or store.
Natural popsicles — Make them at home by pouring natural juice with no added sugar, into a popsicle form, add a stick, and freeze. You can also add in a piece of fruit.

Snack Nutrition

Healthy oils — Your elderly nutrition snacks should be ideally made with olive oil, peanut oil, sunflower or safflower oil, flaxseed oil, soybean oil – these do not have the dreaded trans fats. If you see packaging that says “hydrogenated,” run the other way! These processed oils are only good for the processing process in the factory, and shelf life – Not your life! Avoid coconut oil, palm oil and related palm products. If you eat dairy, eat low-fat products (soy products are better for you, such as soy milk).

Antioxidants — As you know, these are molecules and natural compounds found in foods, that stop free radicals dead in their tracks. Free radicals damage our cells, which can result in a whole range of diseases. Antioxidants help slow aging, prevent heart disease, stroke, cancer, and reduce blood pressure, to name a few.

Here are some top antioxidant foods to include in elderly nutrition snacks: berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries); broccoli, tomatoes, red grapes (including red wine and natural grape juice); garlic, spinach; green tea (studies also indicate black teas); carrots; soy; whole grains.

Natural sugars — Found in fruits and vegetables – use these when snacking as much as possible. White sugar has been called “white death” and should be used at a very minimum in elderly nutrition snacks. It can act as a free radical in our bodies and cause our organs to work overtime to process it, until they finally develop problems and can’t function, even shut down. Honey and fructose are also just other forms of sugar and should be used sparingly. (But of course once in awhile one needs to splurge a bit).

Fruits — Fruit is a very powerful ally and can get the body to practically vacuum itself out. Sort of. Not to mention that all-important age defying help. And then there’s memory. (You can get lots of this nutrition through healthy snacking with fruit).

Happy Snacking!

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by Marilee
(Wisconsin)

We tried a really good crab appetizer with all kinds of stuff on top of a crispy cracker. You can either heat them or eat them cold. (I like them heated the best). You could also microwave them, but they are crispier if you heat them in a traditional or counter top type oven. Here is what to do.

Ingredients:
Crispy crackers (I prefer low salt Triscuits – they’re whole grain and healthier)
Can of crab meat, drained well
Seafood sauce (this is optional)
Shredded cheese, your choice
Spinach or lettuce leaf (I like spinach better)
Bread crumbs (optional)
Various toppings — such as slice of mushroom, small onion slice, pimento, celery, black or green olive, piece of fresh tomato, even one or two thin almond slices. Whatever your favorite toppings are.

Place your crackers on a cookie sheet. Spread on a little seafood sauce (if you like that). Then add a piece of lettuce or a spinach leaf. Put on a little pile of crab meat with a spoon. It this point, sprinkle on some bread crumbs if you’re going to use that – it adds a little more crispness. Top that with a little shredded cheese. Lastly, add on your other toppings. I really like a slice of fresh mushroom on mine. But use whatever you have around. If you’re not going to use the seafood sauce, these taste good with a little lemon juice squirted on the top, too.

I bake mine for 10 minutes on 300F in my little counter top oven. If you use a larger oven, you might do them at 325 or 350F.

I’d say to plan on anywhere from four to eight of these per person. They’re great for a snack just for yourself, or to serve at a party. And since they’re pretty complete, besides being used as an appetizer, they can be eaten as part of a quick lunch too. They go well with white wine or a sparkling juice. (Sometimes I make my own concoction with sparkling water or gingerale, plus some fruit juice added to it).

I’ve also tried a similar version of these using leftover lobster, white fish, and even tuna. For tuna, probably a little mayo would be better instead of seafood sauce.

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by cooking_gal
(USA)


Whatever the occasion, this combination of food will keep you satisfied and healthy.

1) Nachos with low-fat cheddar cheese, whole-grain tortilla chips, and natural salsa (all three ingredients can be found at Whole Food’s)
2) Smartfood popcorn mixed with almonds and M&Ms or chocolate chips
3) S’mores with one marshmallow and a hunk of dark chocolate (dark chocolate contains antioxidants, a necessary ingredient)
4) Mini ice-cream sandwich: take 2 leftover cookies and slab frozen yogurt between each one. Delicious!

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dried apple wreath craft

These apple wreaths are easy apple craft ideas and fun to make simply because of the aroma! They smell like baking apple pie, with many of the same ingredients and spices. They make easy and very popular senior activity ideas.

Apple wreaths are an old tradition dating back at least a couple hundred years. Apples were easy to dry and preserve, and made an excellent means of decorating back in the “olden days.” Spices like cinnamon and nutmeg were used when available.

Today apples are plentiful in stores all year round, so these wreaths are fun to make anytime – parties, holiday decorations for fall, Christmas, winter, variations for Valentine’s day, and also the Fourth of July. Use your imagination and see which ways you can decorate apple wreaths for any occasion.

These wreaths can be used for many seasons and occasions, so decide on yours, and then decide on your color scheme for ribbon and any other decorations.

I used Christmas holiday wired ribbon on this example, but make them for any holiday or party centerpiece. Experiment with different candle holders, even candelabras. Or use our apple candle idea on our easy apple craft page.

Apple Wreaths

These wreaths are easy apple craft ideas and fun to make simply because of the aroma! It smells like baking apple pie, with many of the same ingredients and spices.

If you are not able to make the apple slices “from scratch,” you can always buy dried apple slices at the store. Just sprinkle them with the spices below and microwave for a minute or so. You’ll get lots of aroma that way too!

The final wreaths can be used in many ways. I show the samples here as hanging, and as a candle wreath.

You need:

Bottle of lemon juice
2 tsp salt
About 10 apples
2 tsp Allspice
2 tsp Nutmeg
1 tsp Cloves
6 – 7 tsp Cinnamon
Other items for wreath: cranberries, chunks of sugared ginger, pinecones, etc.
10” to 12” of florist wire
1 yard of ribbon of your choice

apple wreath craft centerpiece

Pour the lemon juice in a mixing bowl and stir in the salt. Peel and core the apples. Then cut them into thin circular slices.

Soak them in the lemon juice and salt for about 10 minutes. Make sure all sides are covered; you may have to mix them around in the bowl after a few minutes. Then remove and pat dry with a paper towel.

Stir together all the spices in another bowl. Coat the apple slices with the spice mix on both sides.

Spread apples thinly on a cookie sheet. Bake at 150 F degrees for 6 to 7 hours, until dried. They will still be slightly soft. Remove from the oven and cool.

You can either fold each slice in half; or again into quarters, depending on the look you want. I folded mine in halves. (I also used some commercial “white” dried apples from the grocery store, for contrast, since homemade dried apples are more brownish in color).

See how many ways you can use the apple wreaths for decorations. I also simply hang mine on the wall. Changing out the style and color of the ribbon can make it suitable for a variety of occasions.

Read about these projects:

Whimsical Granny Apple Doll — The apple doll is a traditional folk apple craft dating back over a hundred years. And we have some really fun ideas. And easy to make, using things from home; plus imagination!
Apple Valentine Centerpiece — And this is not just for Valentine’s Day! This apple centerpiece includes a very unique hand-painted apple that’s easy to make! And the flameless candle adds sparkle. Learn how to create this special craft.
Apple Fruit Kabob Tower — This towering apple, strawberry and fruit kabob is both a craft and a food project! Strawberries are a versatile fruit to use for any occasion, so you can decorate this kabob for lots of holidays and parties.
Gourd Craft Ideas – Gifts, Ghouls & Grannies — Gourd craft ideas are fun all year round and make great fall craft projects. These whimsical characters are really easy and fast to make. Great for all ages, both elderly and kids!
Gone Fishing Party Activities — Check out our food ideas and fish party activities and crafts to make for a fun theme-based party – all about fishing! Lots of senior activity ideas. Bad weather? Take it indoors and have a Gone-Fishing party any time of year!

painted apple doll craft

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by Tammy
(FL)

This orange dessert is made with fresh slices of orange, plus sugar-free orange slice candies, arranged in a circular flower. Very easy to make and delicious to eat! I included a picture so you could get the idea better.

How to Make

5 to 6 slices of fresh orange
5 or 6 pieces of sugar-free jelly orange slices
Scoop of low-fat ice cream, or orange yogurt, or orange sorbet
Whipped cream
Sugar-free malted milk ball, or a truffle, for the center

(If you use ice cream for the center, you need to have the items all ready to assemble, in order to serve and eat it right away). On an attractive plate, place the ice cream, yogurt or sorbet in the center. Put the malted milk ball or truffle on top (or other candy that you’d want to use).

Then arrange the orange slices and the sliced candy around the center, like flower petals. You can add a squirt of whipped cream on the end of each orange. Or put a little piece of candy on the ends instead.

These are nice, healthy desserts to serve for friends or family, when you want something a little different. You can also serve it with Mimosas (champagne or sparkling juice, with orange juice added).

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Snacking seems to be a favorite past time for all ages. Everybody loves to snack. But on what? For seniors especially, who can be light eaters, healthy snacks are nutritionally important.
So how do you handle nibbling and snacking?

Dips, spreads, fruit, veggies, appetizers, healthy chips and crackers. Salads and soups too. Snacking is often done not just for parties and fun, but out of boredom as well. This is especially true for seniors of all ages (and baby boomers).  However, as it has been said, we are what we eat. Including our snacks.

This page is all about more healthy snack recipes, and gives further ideas directly from our readers — telling about what they make for healthy snacks. A good way to sneak in a little extra nutrition! See how you might modify these to fit your needs.

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This fresh, homemade cranberry relish recipe has been in my family for years. Sweetened only with pure maple syrup, it has a very special flavor. And it’s versatile – you can even use it in many different healthy dessert recipes. (It’s especially delicious in strawberry desserts).

Cranberries have health benefits too, and are great for many different elderly issues. You may be familiar with their ability to help prevent urinary tract infections (per the Journal of the American Medical Association back in 1994) and kidney stones. But they’re also good for the stomach, promote good cholesterol levels, and being high in Vitamin C, may help prevent cancer.

So try this easy cranberry relish recipe for your next holiday or dessert. (and be sure to also check out our “dessert central” page at Delicious Healthy Dessert Recipes

Maple Cranberry Relish Recipe


Ingredients
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1 package of fresh (uncooked) cranberries
½ cup pure maple syrup
Other options: raisin, chopped apples, chopped pecans (carmelized pecans are also delicious)

Wash the cranberries in a strainer and then dump them into a sauce pan. You do not need to add water, because they will form their own juice. Some of the water left from washing will also add moisture. Also add in the maple syrup. If you are adding apples or raisins, put them in now.

Partially cover the pan with a lid, leaving a little crack. Turn the burner to Medium heat, and cook, stirring every five minutes or so after the sauce starts to heat up. The berries will start to pop open as they cook, making a juicy sauce. You can lower the heat to Medium Low when this starts.

It only takes about a half an hour to cook this cranberry relish recipe. But you can let it simmer for longer, especially if you’ve added in raisins and apples. When done, I mash the relish a little to make it smoother, yet still chunky. You could also put it through a blender if you want it very smooth. As the sauce cools it becomes a little thicker.

When I use pecans, I add them in at the end so they maintain their crunch. Some people like to “toast” the pecans first in a frying pan to make them crispy.

Try using this over ice cream, on toast, in pastry puffs, even in strawberry or apple pie! This easy cranberry relish recipe is one of my most versatile, and I use it all year round.

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