Holiday Fare with a Healthy(er) Twist

By November 29, 2017Recipe

Some folks love them, some love to hate them. But you can’t deny it. Tis the season for cranberry sauce, that most traditional of holiday side dishes.

But before you go digging out (and dusting off) out the canned, jellied sauce that’s been sitting in your cupboard for over a year, maybe this is a great opportunity to try a healthier, fresher version. And dare e say, one that doesn’t make that vacuum-y sound when it plops out of the can?

This version is paleo (not a must for us but it’s a great start to ensuring you’re using real ingredients in your diet!), can be whipped up in sub-20 minutes and requires only 6 ingredients, including the spices. Want to guess how it stacks up against the canned stuff? We were curious ourselves, so we did a little comparing to find out…


Ocean Spray Jellied Cranberry Sauce Paleo Cranberry Sauce
Cranberries Cranberries
High Fructose Corn Syrup Raw Honey
Corn Syrup Orange
Water Pineapple


And what about nutrition? Could they really be all that different? We stacked the two up ounce for ounce. Take a look…


  Ocean Spray Jellied Cranberry Sauce Paleo Cranberry Sauce
Protein 0g .25g
Carbs 28g 24g
Fat 0g .125g
Fiber <1g 1.875g
Sugar 24g 20.625g
Sodium 10mg 2mg
Potassium 0mg 75.625mg
Vitamin A 0 1
Vitamin C 0 25.5
Calcium 0 25.5
Iron 0 45.75


Both start with the same basic ingredient, cranberries. But the difference the supporting cast makes is evident, particularly in the vitamin and mineral categories.

Do your family’s health—and taste buds—a favor this year and set 15 minutes aside to make a batch of fresh, all-natural cranberry sauce.


3 cups cranberries

Juice of one orange

½ cup finely chopped pineapple

½ cup honey (raw if you have it)

½ tsp allspice

¼ tsp cinnamon



1. Add your first four ingredients to a medium saucepan over high heat.

2. Cook until cranberries begin to pop (the skins will break).

3. Reduce heat to a simmer.

4. Add allspice and cinnamon and stir as the sauce thickens, using the back of your spoon or a masher to mash your cranberries into a thick, textured sauce.

Recipe yields approximately 2 cups of finished sauce, or 8 servings of ¼ cup each.