Knights of the Cardio Round Table

October 12th, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Breakfast

Zak had to leave earlier than usual this morning so I had to hit the gym first thing. Out the door just after 6, I split up my time on the cardio equipment between the elliptical, stair climber and wrapping it up with interval sprints on the treadmill, 15 minutes on each. The time just flies by when I do it this way!

After 15 minutes of weights I was on my way home so Zak could get out the door. I had juice on the brain this morning and I realized I had enough produce to make my very own V8 this morning.


My eight vegetables:

Red Pepper

After all vegetables were juiced I added a sprinkle of cayenne pepper for an additional kick in the teeth. Tomatoes in juice were SO good – it tasted just like gazpacho! Well duh Alison – it basically was gazpacho in a glass minus the fiber and garlic. Oooo – garlic! I should have made it a V9.

I also whipped out a bag of cranberries I bought for juicing, but decided to make cranberry sauce today instead. I’ll buy another bag for juicing next time.

Bag of Cranberries

I basically followed the instructions on the bag for making cranberry sauce.

1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar (YOWZA!) 1/4 c agave nectar. I also sprinkled in a little cinnamon.

Bring water to a boil and add 12 oz of rinsed and drained cranberries.


Once water and berries return to a boil, reduce to a simmer and allow berries to cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

The berries break down and voila – cranberry sauce! I’m allowing the sauce to cool at room temp and then will cover and transfer to the refrigerator. Last year I top cooked oatmeal with this cranberry sauce. This could work well on the side with homemade stuffing and acorn squash too!

Cranberry Sauce

Now it’s time to head on over the Health Blog Helper and check out today’s Health Bloggers Dish interview with Kath from Kath Eats Real Food! Kath’s got a bunch of great things to say about blogging – be sure to check it out!

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19 Responses

  • Leianna says:

    Great cranberry sauce, makes me think Thanksgiving!

  • What a spicy hot juicy kick to your morning!

    Thanks for the 411 bout the city homeschooling action. Go for it my dear! We have moved 9 x in 9 yrs. We are finally “home” and got it right. It just took us a few times to figure it out :)

  • Jennifer says:

    Those cranberries look beautiful in that bowl but I’m not a cranberry sauce lover. :( I keep trying it each year thinking maybe my taste has changed but no such luck. :)

    I am making an acorn squash tonight for dinner, though. :)

    • Alison says:

      Jennifer, I never liked cranberry sauce either – until I made my own! With a little cinnamon it’s great. But I can appreciate trying something a bunch of times and it’s just not for you.

  • Lizzy says:

    omg i love cranberry sauce, it reminds me of thanksgiving! its probably my most favorite part! My aunt usually puts apples i her’s too! its delish! I need to seek out these berries and whip up my own sauce pre thanksgiving!

  • Holly says:

    i have always been scared of cranberry canned sauce, but this looks delightful dear!

  • Rebecca says:

    I love being at the gym that early!! I want cranberry sauce!

  • Liz says:

    I like how you went about your cardio this morning. Breaking it up into segments on different machines really makes the time fly. I love your series on Health Blog Helper by the way. I’ve learned a lot! Now I just need to start doing the things I’ve learned 😉

  • Bernadette says:

    Hmmm homemade cranberry sauce. That is one of those things that I adore straight from the can and is my VERY favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner, but being the narrow minded creature I am, never thought outside of the ‘can’ so to speak… I will admit that I kind of like the sweetness of the canned version. Is your recipe more tart than sweet?? I’m going to give it a shot but just wonder if I will need to adjust my Agave measurement.


  • Tay says:

    Mmmm love making homemade cranberry sauce. Especially so I can decrease the sugar – it’s always WAY too sweet! Like jam!

  • Homemade cranberry sauce in oatmeal sounds great right now! I have to remember to pick up some cranberries…

  • Shari B. says:

    Hey there Alison! I sent you an email directly today, but my domain often ends up in people’s junk mail folders… just wanted to let you know in case you don’t see it. I had a question for you about your “JustHost” webhosting service…

    Your cranberry sauce is getting me in the mood for Thanksgiving… Can’t believe how fast the holidays are going to be here!

    Have a GREAT evening!

  • Erin says:

    Oooo V9s. I think this could be the beginning of a juiceolution. You know, like a revolution, but with juice?

    Love the “coasting” phrase, ps. I think I could begin to use that at ALL times during the month.

  • maria says:

    I love your interviews over at HBH… and man those cranberries made some pretty cranberry sauce. That would taste bomb in oatmeal!!!

  • A says:

    I like how you subbed agave…. I never would have thought of it for cranberry sauce! Oh and I LOVE the idea of putting it on oats!!!! I’m going to have to try that!!!