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Tiny Fruit, Big Health Benefits

The tiny cranberry shines in November.  But just because it’s small in size, doesn’t mean it’s tiny in benefits.   Hy-Vee Dietitian, Jen Haugen, highlights why cranberries are a food to include on your plate all year round.

Benefits of eating cranberries:

What is a serving of cranberries?

Holiday Green Beans and Cranberries

Serves 6.

All you need:

1-1/2 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1 tablespoon butter

1 teaspoon grated orange peel

All you do:

  1. In a medium saucepan, cook beans in 2 cups boiling water, covered, for 10 to 12 minutes or until tender-crisp.
  2. Drain and transfer to a serving bowl. Stir in cranberries, butter and orange peel. Serve immediately.


Ways to Use Cranberries:

Dried Cranberries

Add 1 Tbsp to ¼ cup per serving to the meal ideas below

Cranberry Sauce

Use 2 Tbsp to ½ cup of sauce per serving for the meal ideas below

Fresh or Frozen Cranberries

Use 2 Tbsp to ½ cup per serving for the meal ideas below

Jen Haugen represents Hy-Vee as a nutrition expert promoting healthy eating throughout the community.  Jen is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the leading nutrition professional organization in the country.