Cranberry Lime Margarita Punch will add a bit of a zing to your day with its tart and tangy flavor in addition to the healthy benefits of cranberries. You can add tequila to this recipe, just not at lunch.

Cranberry Lime Margarita Punch Prep Time: 10 min
Ready In: 15 min

Servings: 20

Ingredients
6 cup Water
1 container frozen Cranberry Juice Cocktail (12 oz)
½ cup fresh Lime Juice
6 pkg Sweetener
¼ cup measurable Sweetener
2 cup Ice Cubes
1 cup Diet Ginger Ale or Tequila
1 small Lime, sliced

Directions
Combine water, cranberry juice, lime juice and sweetener in punch bowl; stir until sweetener dissolves. Stir in ice cubes, ginger ale and sliced lime; garnish with fresh cranberries if desired.

Tips & Notes
One of the now best known benefits of cranberry juice is for the prevention and relief of urinary tract infections, but many other possibilities exist, including acting as a digestive aid for removing fat in your lymphatic system.
The health benefits of cranberries do not end with urinary tract infections. Much of the recent research is related to peridontal gum disease. It is known that something in cranberries prevents bacteria from clinging to the walls of the urinary tract. It appears that something else, or the same something – researchers are not sure – prevents plaque from clinging to the teeth and gums.
It is possible that this effect may also prevent plaque from forming on the arterial walls, the primary cause of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), coronary thrombosis (blood clot in the vessels leading to the heart), and stroke.
Other health benefits of cranberries are related to their anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation is involved in many chronic and life threatening diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis and most types of cancer.
Many experts have come to the conclusion that it may not be a single compound, but a group or groups of compounds that provide the health benefits of cranberries.
Cranberries and other fruits, vegetables and grains fall into a category often referred to as “plant foods”. They contain a number of vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, probiotics, polyphenols, flavonoids, fiber and other components, possibly some that have yet been named.
It seems that groups of these components work together and rely on each other to effectively nourish the cells of the body and protect human health. It has long been known that certain vitamins and minerals work best when taken in conjunction with other vitamins and minerals. Some nutrients cannot be absorbed by the body, without the help of other nutrients.

Nutritional Information Per Serving
Calories: 87
Total Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 9mg
Total Carbohydrates: 23g
Protein: 1g

Source: DiabetesCare.net

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