Benefits of Cranberry: A Berry Happy Thanksgiving
Happy Thanksgiving! I know I am a bit early….but I am trying to get all my ducks (turkeys?) in a row before the big day. I know many of you will be busy doing the same, busy cooking, and spending time with loved ones. We bought our turkey yesterday (free range) and I’ll be preparing it with stuffing and all the fixins…at my significant other’s request, I’ll be making sweet potato pie, a staple he used to enjoy every Thanksgiving when he was a child. I even got the original recipe from his sister (don’t worry, I will share it with you at the end of this post.) Last year, I was told, “It was as good as my mama’s.” What a moment! You know the way to a man’s heart is truly through his stomach.
Benefits of Cranberry…Silent and Powerful
Because I know the last thing on your mind this week is your skin, I decided to go looking for a Thanksgiving related beauty recipe. Know what I found? A video for a supremely awesome and easy cranberry mask. Why cranberries? Well for one, they’re in season and you probably have them lying around. More importantly, the benefits of cranberry are numerous! These little berries are full of anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients (THAT was a mouthful!) In other words, they’re a powerful anti-aging force. Here’s more from the article Antioxidant Cranberry, Amazing Antioxidant:
“Cranberries help to rejuvenate the skin and are rich in antocianos and caroteinoids, vitamin a, which are the pigments responsible for its colour and antioxidant properties. They are also rich in vitamin c, helping with collagen production, see collagen information and delaying cellular oxidation. Cranberries will also help to delay aging skin.”
I am giving this mask recipe a try on Wednesday, before I get into the cooking of it all. I will report back on my results on the Toxic Beauty Blog Facebook page (which you can find here at it’s new addy: http://facebook.com/ToxicBeautyBlog) and I hope you’ll share yours too in the comments section below. And don’t forget to check out the Amazing sweet potato pie recipe under the video (you won’t be disappointed!)
Stay natural…stay beautiful…go green!
Mama’s Sweet Potato Pie
1 lb sweet potatoes, peeled
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 Pie crusts
Boil, peel, and mash sweet potatoes. Melt butter and add to the mix, along with the other ingredients. Beat with a mixture until smooth. Pour into pie shells (you’ll probably have enough to make 2 pies, which is probably a good thing, considering how good it’s going to come out!) Bake at 350 degrees for one hour. Viola! Yummy sweet potato pie…Enjoy and happy turkey day!
Update: In our attempts to make a grain-free and dairy-free Thanksgiving, I edited this recipe a bit and thought I’d share it with you. For the mink I used coconut milk, for the butter I used ghee made from raw butter (that’s clarified butter in which the milk solids have been cooked out), and for the crust, I made a homemade almond flour crust. We haven’t tried it yet, but I’m sure it’ll be just as delicious as the conventional recipe.
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