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In my family, Thanksgiving is the most important holiday we celebrate. It’s a time we can get together as a family, reflect on the past year and appreciate one another.

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Growing up, my mom would always remind us of the importance of Thanksgiving and spending it with our family and loved ones. I never really understood why it meant so much to my parents when I was a child. One year my mom decided to tell me why Thanksgiving was so important to them. My dad grew up really poor. They couldn’t afford Christmas, but always managed to have a Thanksgiving dinner. It was one of the only holidays he was able to celebrate as a child, so it meant a lot to him. Once I learned that, Thanksgiving quickly became one of my favorite ones to celebrate. It became more than just food, it was a time to really be thankful for the life my dad created for us and the life I am now able to give my children.

Now that I am a mom, my appreciation for Thanksgiving has only grown. I have wonderful in-laws and beautiful children to add to my thankfulness. Being Puerto Rican, our Thanksgiving dinners tend to be a little different than most. We serve a lot of Puerto Rican dishes like arroz con gandules, pastelles, bacalao, and tostones. However we still incorporate traditional dishes like turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce.

This year I am hosting dinner at my house. I am keeping things simple and trying to add a healthier touch to some of the dishes. One of my husband’s favorite things to eat during Thanksgiving dinner is cranberry sauce. Seriously, he loves it! However I am not a fan of the amount of sugar it takes to make cranberry sauce. So instead of adding regular sugar to our homemade cranberry sauce recipe, I am substituting with Monk Fruit In The Raw®.

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Monk Fruit In The Raw® Zero Calorie Sweetener has the closest taste to sugar of any non-caloric sweetener with the least aftertaste. Because of its sweet, clean taste, Monk Fruit In The Raw® can be substituted for sugar in almost any recipe. It also tastes great when sprinkled directly on fruit or cereal.

Monk Fruit In The Raw® is a great substitute in cranberry sauce and you won’t be able to taste a difference.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Ingredients:

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  • 1 12oz package of fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • ½ cup Monk Fruit In The Raw®
  • ½ cup brown sugar

Directions:

1: In a saucepan, heat the sugars and the orange juice and cook until sugar liquefies. Add cranberries and place a splatter guard over your pan. Cook until cranberries start to pop (about 10-15 minutes).

2: Remove from heat and cool completely before serving. It is best to let it cool overnight to give the sauce the chance to thicken.

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In The Raw®, where sweetness runs in the family.

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