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Cranberry Sauce With Orange & Ginger

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How to Make Cranberry Sauce with Orange & Ginger

SERVINGS: 5
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 60 MINUTES
SKILL LEVEL: EASY

STYLE: WESTERN
PREPARATION: BOILED, SAUCES
FOR OCCASION: THANKSGIVING

INGREDIENTS


SKILL LEVEL: EASY
1 lbs
3 tbsp
1 tbsp
1 inch
1 whole

PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE

Juice the orange. Chop up the zest. Mix together all ingredients plus 1/4c water. Bring to a boil, then lower heat. Simmer, uncovered, until jam-like. As cranberries soften mash with a potato masher.

How Does This Ayurvedic Recipe Improve Wellness?

CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW

Tangy Cranberry Sauce with Orange and Ginger puckers your lips and enlivens your tastebuds. Sweet, tart, and lively, this sauce adds color and zing to your holiday table. Pungent ginger brings spicy excitement to traditional cranberry sauce. No Turkey Dinner is complete without this mouth-watering, vivacious dish.

Too Tired After Turkey?

This year add another helping of your Thanksgiving turkey. When you've overdosed on triptophan (the chemical in turkey that makes you sleepy), the sour tart taste of cranberries refreshes your mind and stimulates your palate with a gush of saliva and juiciness. Did you know sour is the "juicy" taste? From saliva to the skin, from your liver to your GI tract, sourness triggers your body to produce saliva and floods all your glands with juiciness. Digestive juices aid your body in protein digestion. The result, cranberries help your tummy tackle the turkey.

Digesting Fats for the Holidays

Sour taste increases bile production from the liver. Bile breaks up fat into little tiny bits that are easier to digest, a process called emulsification, helping your body manage an overload of rich Thanksgiving yumminess. Cranberries in particular promote good cholesterol. Orange zest stimulates metabolism and reduces stomach stagnation - effective for moving the 'bomb' in your stomach after a hearty Thanksgiving meal.

Sour Detoxifies the Blood

By flushing bile, sour taste assists the liver in detoxifying the blood. You can experience this detoxification as relaxation and refreshment of the eyes. The eyes are the window to the liver and relax whenever toxic liver heat is released from the body. Cranberry is high in antioxidants which detoxifies free radicals. It is also rich in beta-carotene, a liver restorative and blood alterative.

Juicy or Dry?

If the roof of your mouth is rough and dry after drinking cranberry juice, you've experienced astringent taste, one of the six fundamental tastes in Ayurveda. Astringent taste tightens and tones tissues. It is cooling and reduces inflammation. However, astringency is also drying, and will aggravate people with persistent dryness.

Cranberries are an astringent fruit. Their astringency helps them balance the dampness of their natural habitat: the swampy cranberry bog. Despite the gush of saliva from their sourness, cranberries are a strong diuretic and ultimately dehydrating. This recipe includes a sweetener, which reduces cranberries' astringency somewhat. Pungent ginger opposes the cold quality of the cranberry, warming the flavors and making the sauce digestible for all.

WHAT IS CRANBERRY SAUCE WITH ORANGE & GINGER?

Zesty, tangy, and bursting with red freshness, cranberries evoke autumn hues and celebration flavors. Sour, sweet, and spicy, this sauce adds color and zing to the holiday table.

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Your Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body and your specific imbalances. With an Ayurvedic diet you feel joy and satisfaction because what you are eating truly nourishes and balances you. Disease results from diets and lifestyles that are incompatible with your nature. By eating a personalized diet matched to your body, you experience optimal health. See How it Works.

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INCREASES
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Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)

Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics (gunas). Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance. By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick. Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold). You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.

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MOBILE

ABOUT MOBILE BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.

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COLD

ABOUT COLD BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Cold refers to anything that reduces body temperature, metabolism, and blood flow.

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CLEAR

ABOUT CLEAR BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.

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DRY

ABOUT DRY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Dry is identified by lack of moisture, lack of fat, or anything that causes diuresis.

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TASTES
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The 6 Tastes

Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food. Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body. Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food. Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods. Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion. Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste. One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes. The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent. Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?

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SWEET

ABOUT SWEET BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Sweet refers to anything builds tissue, including macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats.

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DOSHAS
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The Three Doshas / Body Types

According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine, people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and imbalances that are unique to the person. Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness. Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency. Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses. The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.

The 3 functional body types (doshas), are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha). Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy. They are easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry. Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. They tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed. Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. If they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion. Anabolic people tend to be stable and grounded.

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PACIFIES
Kapha pacifying Pitta pacifying
AGGRAVATES
Vata aggravating
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Subtaste:
Aromatic

AROMATIC

Herbs or spices with volatile essential oils that present strong aromas. Aromatic oils shock, refresh and numb tissue, with the end result of relaxing, opening and clearing stagnant fluids in tissues.

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HERBAL ACTIONS
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Cranberry Sauce with Orange & Ginger
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Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.

Digestive

DIGESTIVE

Herbs that encourage healthy digestion.

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Carminative

CARMINATIVE

Stimulates the release of gas. Helpful for bloating or cramping abdominal pain. Propels food downward. Carminatives typically expel gas by relaxing the muscles of the intestines.

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Constipative

CONSTIPATIVE

An herb that binds stools / stops diarrhea. When used in excess, these herbs and foods can cause constipation.

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Burns Toxins

BURNS-TOXINS

An herb that detoxifies by helping your body metabolize toxins, as opposed to eliminating them.

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Wakes You Up

WAKES-YOU-UP

Invigorates the body and nervous system, increases energy.

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, Makes Jittery,
Makes You Tired

MAKES-YOU-TIRED

Induces drowsiness and promotes sound sleep.

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Stimulates Energy

STIMULATES-ENERGY

This category groups thyroid and adrenal stimulating herbs.

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Refreshing

REFRESHING

Stimulates and wakes up the body, leaving it feeling cool, fresh, and energized.

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Anti Inflammatory

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY

Reduces inflammation in the body. Different herbs and carriers target different body systems.

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Cardiac Stimulant

CARDIAC-STIMULANT

Herbs that increase the heart rate. Useful in cardiovascular health, blood stagnation, and subjective feeling of heaviness in the chest area.

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Styptic

STYPTIC

A herb that contracts tissue or blood vessels. Generally styptics are astringent. They are often used topically as a hemostatic to stop bleeding, or to reduce secretions.

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Alterative

ALTERATIVE

Restores the proper function of the body by cleansing the blood and balancing blood chemistry. In Ayurveda terms, they pacify Pitta in rakta. They were traditionally used to revitalize and detoxify after a long winter.

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Antioxidant

ANTIOXIDANT

An antioxidant is a molecule that inhibits oxidation. Oxidation is a chemical reaction that can produce free radicals that lead to a chain reaction causing damage or death to cells. Antioxidants terminate these oxidation reactions.

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Diuretic

DIURETIC

Herbs that promote urine formation, thereby flushing the kidneys and urinary tract while eliminating any excess water retention. As diuretics reduce water retention, they are often used to reduce blood pressure.

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Livotonic

LIVOTONIC

An herb that strengthens the liver. It is helpful for people with a history of substance abuse, chronic liver issues from hepatitis and hemolytic anemias. Generally, liver tonics are oily, cool, sweet, mildly sour, or contain beta-carotene.

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Constituents:
Catechins

CATECHINS

Antioxidant that reduces cancer and blood clots, dilates blood vessels, and is antimicrobial.

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, Tannins, Vitamin C, Soluble Fiber,
Aromatase Inhibitor

AROMATASE-INHIBITOR

Blocks estrogen synthesis by inhibiting conversion of progesterone and testosterone into estrogen.

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, Carbohydrate,
Resveratrol

RESVERATROL

Antioxidant frequently used for anti-aging. Protects airways and blood vessels. Anti-inflammatory and anti-diabetic.

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Polyphenols

POLYPHENOLS

Polyphenols are powerful antioxidants seen in many fruits and vegetables. There are more than 8,000 types.

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, Vitamin E,
Flavonoids

FLAVONOIDS

Flavonoids are a colorful type of polyphenol. As all polyphenols, they have a strong antioxidant effect. Many flavonoids have an anti-inflammatory, and/or antiallergen effect.

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Cilantro

Cilantro has these Actions in Common

Alterative, Carminative, Refreshing, Anti-inflammatory, Digestive, Stimulates-energy, Burns-toxins, Diuretic, Styptic

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Mustard

Mustard has these Actions in Common

Burns-toxins, Digestive, Wakes-you-up, Cardiac-stimulant, Diuretic, Carminative, Stimulates-energy

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Ajwain

Ajwain has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-stimulant, Diuretic, Wakes-you-up, Carminative, Refreshing, Burns-toxins, Digestive, Stimulates-energy

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Green Tea

Green Tea has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Digestive, Stimulates-energy, Antioxidant, Diuretic, Wakes-you-up, Cardiac-stimulant, Refreshing

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Ginger (Fresh)

Ginger (Fresh) has these Actions in Common

Burns-toxins, Digestive, Wakes-you-up, Cardiac-stimulant, Refreshing, Anti-inflammatory, Carminative, Stimulates-energy

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Mustard Powder

Mustard Powder has these Actions in Common

Carminative, Stimulates-energy, Burns-toxins, Digestive, Wakes-you-up, Cardiac-stimulant, Diuretic

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Cranberry Juice

Cranberry Juice has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Diuretic, Antioxidant, Livotonic, Alterative, Constipative, Styptic

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Cranberry

Cranberry has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Antioxidant, Livotonic, Alterative, Constipative, Styptic, Anti-inflammatory

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Strawberries

Strawberries has these Actions in Common

Alterative, Digestive, Wakes-you-up, Anti-inflammatory, Livotonic, Antioxidant, Refreshing

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Nigella (black cumin)

Nigella (black cumin) has these Actions in Common

Burns-toxins, Digestive, Cardiac-stimulant, Diuretic, Anti-inflammatory, Carminative, Stimulates-energy

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Dandelion Leaves

Dandelion Leaves has these Actions in Common

Antioxidant, Livotonic, Alterative, Digestive, Stimulates-energy, Anti-inflammatory, Diuretic

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Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Cranberry Sauce with Orange & Ginger

Amalaki

Amalaki has these Actions in Common

Antioxidant, Carminative, Digestive, Refreshing, Stimulates-energy, Styptic, Alterative, Wakes-you-up, Anti-inflammatory

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Deodar (Himalayan Cedar, Devadaru)

Deodar (Himalayan Cedar, Devadaru) has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Refreshing, Stimulates-energy, Wakes-you-up, Anti-inflammatory, Cardiac-stimulant, Carminative, Digestive

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Punarnava

Punarnava has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, Diuretic, Stimulates-energy, Alterative, Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant

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Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)

Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in Common

Constipative, Diuretic, Refreshing, Stimulates-energy, Anti-inflammatory, Burns-toxins, Cardiac-stimulant

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Nagaradi Kashaya (Amruthotharam)

Nagaradi Kashaya (Amruthotharam) has these Actions in Common

Alterative, Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant, Burns-toxins, Carminative, Digestive

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Bitter Orange Peel

Bitter Orange Peel has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-stimulant, Carminative, Digestive, Refreshing, Stimulates-energy, Wakes-you-up

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Shilajit Tonic

Shilajit Tonic has these Actions in Common

Refreshing, Stimulates-energy, Wakes-you-up, Alterative, Cardiac-stimulant, Diuretic

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Chyavanprash Nutritive Jam

Chyavanprash Nutritive Jam has these Actions in Common

Alterative, Anti-inflammatory, Cardiac-stimulant, Carminative, Digestive, Stimulates-energy

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Elecampane

Elecampane has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Stimulates-energy, Styptic, Alterative, Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive

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Arjuna

Arjuna has these Actions in Common

Styptic, Alterative, Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant, Constipative, Diuretic

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Breathing Exercises

Breathing Exercises has these Actions in Common

Wakes-you-up, Alterative, Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, Refreshing, Stimulates-energy

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About John Joseph Immel

About the Author

John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics. His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda, offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.

John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, as well as public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.

John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well. Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 7 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.

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Can this be eaten raw? without boiling out all the the organic nutrients? I really wanted to eat my cranberrie sauce raw this year. Most Sincerely, Lu Bellamak
- Lu Bellamak, Scottsdale, AZ , 11-20-12 (Reply)
I'm going to try this - the ginger must add an incredible flavor Momma Nature
- Carole Madan-Momma Nature, Johns creek, GA , 11-21-12 (Reply)
So, if eating fruit with other foods is discouraged, how does this work? Sal
- Sally Bond, Chapel hill, NC , 11-21-12 (Reply)
Great question! Lemons, limes, as well as sauces such as tamarind, and cranberry, can combine with other foods and actually enhance digestion. Other fruits, which are sugary and high in fibers, can provoke mucus and fermentation in the GI. Of course, the ability to digest certain combinations varies with the individual.
Great news! Thanks, John...Sal
- Sally Bond, Chapel hill, NC , 11-21-12 (Reply)
It serves 10 people!
- Natalie Immel, Asheville, NC , 12-26-14 (Reply)
Made this for Thanksgiving. It was a hit! The taste was sour, astrigent and a hint of sweetness. It has been great on mung bean pancakes.
- Gina Phelps, Warrenton, VA
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