How To Look Better & Feel Better: The #CranberryChallenge

Nutrition · Wellness

How can you get people to say, “Wow, you’re glowing!”?

How can you stay strong and healthy through the holiday season?

Here’s my one hashtag answer: #CranberryChallenge!

 

Why Cranberries?

This little red rubies are nutritional and antioxidant powerhouses – and are capable of making your skin glow, your immune system fierce, and your energy high!

Cranberries are high in antioxidants, making them perfect for protecting your skin against damage from stress. Wrinkles, begone! Cranberries are an amazing anti-aging food due to their significant antioxidant content. Because of their highly antiseptic properties, cranberries help keep your skin clear by killing bacteria that can cause breakouts on your skin. Puffy skin or swollen face? Cranberries significantly reduce inflammation due to a certain phytochemical compound (A-type proanthocyanidins) not found in many other fruits. Looking to lose weight? Cranberries are one of the best foods to help! Not only does a bowl of cranberries help suppress your appetite (limiting junk food calories), it will also detoxify your organs and rid your body of substances that can make it stubbornly hold onto weight. Extremely low in calories and high in nutrition, these little berries are important in a weight loss journey!

Don’t want to get sick? Or trying to recover from sickness? Cranberries are here to help. Packed with vitamin C, these little treasures provide a powerful boost for your immune system! Their ability to kill bacteria, viruses, and pathogens in the body are perfect reinforcements for when you do get sick, and can help shield you from infection. Not only this, but the bioactive compounds in cranberries help prevent chronic diseases – which can often stem from a viral infection (in combination with other factors). In fact, cranberries are amazing for heart health, as antioxidants fight the aging of the arteries and the phytochemicals from their dark red color improve the circulatory system. Cranberries are also powerful while on a cancer journey, as they can pull radiation out of the body and stop the proliferation of cancer cells.

How can you incorporate these precious berries to get the benefits? Find out more below.

 

What’s the Cranberry Challenge?

The #CranberryChallenge is a period of two weeks that you commit to consuming cranberries every day for glowing skin and boosting health. And guess what? It’s completely free to join! This year’s #CranberryChallenge starts November 18th and ends December 1st.

This is the perfect way to get ready for the holidays – look good and feel good to prepare for those family gatherings!

What’s in it for you? Not only will you look better and feel better, but you can also be entered to win the Super Skincare Package. This contains two of my online courses that are all about using holistic, natural means to glow from the inside out!

The Super Skincare Package includes:

This is a $132 value – and could be yours for free after the #CranberryChallenge!

HOW TO ENTER
  1. Follow @amberbodilyhealth on Instagram.
  2. Starting November 18th: Consume cranberries! Take a picture of you & your cranberries and post on your feed or stories. Be sure to tag me @amberbodilyhealth AND #CranberryChallenge! Each post is 2 entries!
  3. Bonus entries: share my cranberry posts to your feed or stories for 1 bonus entry!
  4. Watch my account for a winner announced on December 2nd, 2019.

How to share my post to your stories (bonus entry):

  1. Go to my feed @amberbodilyhealth.
  2. Choose a post. Under the picture, tap the airplane “share” button.
  3. Tap “Add post to stories” (usually in blue writing).
  4. Tap your picture in the bottom left corner that says “Your Story.”
  5. Tag me (@amberbodilyhealth) and #CranberryChallenge using the text feature or the sticker features (top right corner).
  6. Tap the circle with your picture in the bottom left corner. Done!

Note: Only 1 bonus entry per sharing my individual posts. So you can only share my post once to your stories for a bonus entry. You can share a different post to your stories for another bonus entry.

How to share a post to your feed (bonus entry):

  1. Install the Repost app (or similar app).
  2. Go to my feed @amberbodilyhealth.
  3. Choose a post. At the top right of the picture, tap the three dots in a vertical line.
  4. Tap “Copy Link.”
  5. Open the Repost app, tap the post you copied, and hit “Repost.”
  6. Tap and hold to paste the caption, then tap “Open in Instagram.”
  7. Post as a typical picture. Be sure to tag me @amberbodilyhealth and use #CranberryChallenge!

 

Tips For Success

PLAN AHEAD.

If you don’t plan, you can plan to fail! Prep yourself ahead of time by looking at what recipes you’d like to use each day and how you can make it easy for yourself to fit it in your schedule. Grocery shop and make sure you have lots of cranberries on hand before the challenge begins!

CONSUME A LARGE AMOUNT.

To really see a difference, I would recommend at least 1 cup of fresh or frozen cranberries a day. A few cranberries sprinkled in your smoothie won’t make much of an impact. The more cranberries, the better during this challenge! It’s only two weeks – challenge yourself and push yourself to do more than your normal. You really want to glow? You desperately need to get over being sick? Large amounts of cranberries will do the trick.

FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR ENTRIES.

I can only keep track of your entries if you tag @amberbodilyhealth and #CranberryChallenge in your posts! Be SURE to check your spelling.

EAT CLEAN.

The cranberries can really do their best work when your diet is clean. If you really want to see serious results, try cutting out meat, eggs, dairy, and gluten – and add in lots and lots of fruits and vegetables! There are many resources and recipes on my blog for this!

HYDRATE.

Proper hydration helps your body best absorb the effects of cranberries. Not only that, but consistently drinking fluids throughout the day helps improve your skin, aids in weight loss, reduces puffiness and swelling, assists detoxification, improves the circulation of nutrients, clears a clogged lymphatic system, lessens congestion, and so much more! To get the maximum benefit of this challenge, be sure you stay hydrated. Better yet – why not drink your cranberries? See the recipe section below for some ideas.

 

Cranberry Recipes

Need some ideas to get you started? Here are some of my favorites from last year’s challenge:

Cranberry Pear Lemon Refresher
Cranberry Orange Delight
Vegan Apple Cranberry Muffins
Cran-Nana Ice Cream
Cranberry Drizzle
10 Blissful Recipes To Make You Crush On Cranberries

Cranberry Protein Smoothie

Did you catch this post last week? This smoothie is filling, delicious, and nutritious! It’s the perfect way to start your day and to kick off your #CranberryChallenge. Besides the powerhouse punch of 2 cups of cranberries, spinach and spirulina come together for plant-strong protein that is easily absorbed into your body. There’s a reason Pop-Eye got so strong from spinach!

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender.
  2. Blend and enjoy!

Notes: Amla powder is full of vitamin C that strongly boosts the immune system. My favorite brand is from Terrasoul Superfoods, but any organic brand could work.

I like the spirulina from Purium or Nutrex Hawaii.

 

Cranberries: Frequently Asked Questions

Which is better, fresh cranberries or dried cranberries?

The fibers in fresh cranberries contain living water inside that deeply hydrate your cells. Cranberries also retain so many more minerals in their fresh form that profoundly nourish your body and help overcome any unknown deficiencies you may be dealing with. Dried cranberries still have some benefit – but if you are looking to make a big impact on your skin or your overall health, fresh cranberries will get you the most bang for your buck. Dried are often sweetened with sugar, so if you wish to use them, look for a brand that is unsweetened or sweetened with organic apple juice. Even better if you can find them without added oil (which is used to keep them from sticking to each other) – though this is very difficult. I like the Braga or Eden Foods brands. Wilderness Poet is also a good brand.

Do the cranberries have to be organic, or can they be conventional?

I always say you will be better off with less chemicals in your diet and lifestyle, so in my opinion organic is best if possible. However, if organic cranberries are hard to find near you, it is better to have conventional cranberries than none at all! The benefits of cranberries are so powerful that they can overcome the detriments of pesticide use while growing.

What if I’m traveling, live abroad, or can’t find fresh or dried cranberries?

If you are unable to find fresh or dried cranberries near you, or are challenged by travel or where you live, cranberry juice powder can still deliver wonderful benefits. You can easily add this powder to smoothies, beverages, sauces and dressings, baked goods, and in any other creative ways you can think of!

Cheers to another great #CranberryChallenge! I’m looking forward to doing it with you all!

Blessings,

Amber

 

Cranberry Protein Smoothie

This smoothie is filling, delicious, and nutritious! It’s the perfect way to start your day and to kick off your #CranberryChallenge. Besides the powerhouse punch of 2 cups of cranberries, spinach and spirulina come together for plant-strong protein that is easily absorbed into your body. There’s a reason Pop-Eye got so strong from spinach!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cranberries
  • 4-5 cups loosely packed spinach
  • 2 cups mango
  • 2 tsp amla powder
  • 2 Tbsp Hawaiian spirulina
  • Liquid of choice options: sesame seed milk or other nut/seed milk, aloe vera juice, fresh pressed orange juice, pure filtered water, etc.

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender.
  2. Blend and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Amla powder is full of vitamin C that strongly boosts the immune system. My favorite brand is from Terrasoul Superfoods, but any organic brand could work.

I like the spirulina from Purium or Nutrex Hawaii.

Here's a great recipe for sesame seed milk and more about its benefits.

If you choose to use aloe vera juice, I highly recommend the brand Lakewood Organics.

 

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