This is a great cheesecake recipe to use when you are expecting company, planning a dinner party or want a healthy dessert to keep that the kids will love. The nutrition that cranberries give this healthy dessert can be further increased by making the custom Grahams cracker pie shells (how to instructions and ingredients list here), or shop bought ones work perfectly well, or another option is to make a standard biscuit base.
This healthy cranberry cheesecake recipe has two ingredients that offer valuable nutrition and antioxidants, dried cranberries and lemons. Cranberries contain an abundance of antioxidants; these antioxidants help prevent certain strains of cancer and strengthen the bodies immune system by reducing the levels of 'free radicals' in the blood.
The nutrients and antioxidants in cranberries can lower blood pressure and decrease the chance of urinary tract infections, cranberry juice actively fights the bacteria that can build up in the urinary tract and cause infections.
Cranberries contain the flavonoid quercetin, which is individually accredited with inhibiting the development of colon and breast cancer.
Cranberries have been used for hundreds of years as both food and medicine by numerous cultures to fight bacteria and avoid scurvy. The fruit contains a large amount of vitamin C, this keeps the immune system healthy and prevents minor illness such as colds and flu, as well as fighting bacteria throughout the digestive system.
Cranberries are high in fibre, this lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels. They have also been accredited with inducing weight loss by stimulating the body to burn stored fat. Cranberries are also high in vitamin E and K, which improves the overall immune system and has anti-inflammatory properties.
The recipe below has 3 cups of cranberries, which will give 15 grammes of fibre, 24 milligrammes of calcium, and 42 grammes of vitamin C, and it's delicious!
Most are aware of the beneficial effects of eating lemons, they are packed with vitamin C and antioxidants; this is why they are used to advertise nearly every cough and cold medicine for sale Over The Counter (OTC).
Lemons contain significant amounts of antioxidants such as flavonol glycosides, which as well as giving the immune system a short-term boost to overcome seasonal coughs and colds, they have also been shown to prevent cell division in certain types of cancers.
The vitamin C contained in lemons boosts the body's immune system and prevents atherosclerosis (a buildup of fat in arterial walls), and diabetic heart disease. Studies have also shown that limonin, an element present in citrus fruit, is quickly absorbed into the body, preventing mouth, skin, lung, breast, stomach, and colon cancer. Lemons help to avoid rheumatoid arthritis amongst a whole range of other ailments and illnesses.
This cheesecake recipe is perfect for the winter months, it provides much need nutrition and will slip past the picky eaters with so much as a murmur.
This delicious, healthy cheesecake is relatively straightforward to make, so please don't feel intimidated. Many of the ingredients are substitutable if you have any concerns, please contact us.
This recipe makes 3 9" Graham cracker pie shells, it is possible to use any pie casing with the above recipe, pre-made bought one work fine.
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