01 April, 2019

Cranberry Orange Loaf

Mental Health Benefits

During the course of the day, were all faced with many choices – some daunting, some second nature. Cream or sugar? Carrot sticks or chocolate? And in the quest for better health, there are also many choices that fitness freaks are forced to make. Workout or sweat slumber? Eat a protein bar or a handful of cranberries? Wait. Cranberries!? It turns out that this fruit is indeed a superfood, offering a lot more than it lets on.

A promising line of research focuses on a specific compound in cranberries called ursolic acid. In one recent study, mice were injected with domoic acid. This toxin carried by shellfish can cause lasting loss of short-term memory in humans, and it can also cause problems with learning and memory in mice. But when mice in the study were subsequently given ursolic acid, it helped reverse the cognitive deficits.

Studies have shown that cranberry juice contains properties that can help improve your memory. In addition, the juice can help lift your spirits by reducing stress and anxiety as well as depression.

Cranberry Orange Loaf

2 Cups             All-purpose flour

1 ½ tsp             Baking powder

½ tsp                Baking soda

½ tsp                Salt

1 Tbsp.             Grated orange zest

1 ½ Cups          Fresh cranberries

½ Cup              Coarsely chopped pecans

¼ Cup              Softened margarine

1 Cup               Sugar

1 each             Egg

¾ Cup              Orange juice

  1. Preheat oven to 350*F (175*C). Grease and flour a 9×5” loaf pan. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir in orange zest, cranberries and pecans. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together margarine, sugar and egg until smooth. Stir in Orange juice. Beat in flour mixture until just moistened. Pour into prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 1 hour in preheated oven, or until the bread springs back when lightly touched. Let stand 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool. Wrap in plastic when completely cool.