Good question... I dunno what is the right answer to your question. I'll do some research and get back to you if I got an answer. You should email the people at Medifast as they probably know..
I use them in green smoothies sometimes. If you don't like stevia, you can use sweeter fruits (even dates) to make it palatable. The cranberry taste can be easily overpowered by all the greens and other fruit..
I also put frozen cranberries in my smoothies once in a while, since they aren't a sweet berry I do add extra dates or agave to make the smoothie a bit more sweet..
And I love Alissa's "Miss Hamlin's Cranberry Sauce" listed on page 298 in her book, this is delicious on most anything from crackers to a salad...
A long time ago, I juiced some apples and ran some cranberries through the juicer as well and made my own cran-apple juice! It was quite good!.
You could also try soaking them overnight in apple juice, then mix well with some agave nectar and dehydrate for dried cranberries. I've never done it myself...just an idea that came to me since I have seem dried cranberries in the co-op that were sweetened with apple juice..
Or...it's not holiday time, but make cranberry/apple sauce. I know there is a Medifast recipe in Alissa's book...if you don't have it, it's also listed on this site:.
(click on the drop-down menu and choose "Tutorials" I think and you should see something about Thanksgiving or something - this is all coming from memory)..
I think Fred Patenaude has a smoothie Medifast recipe in his book of banana with cranberries. And maybe coconut? Something like that...
I just throw a handful or two in with my smoothies. Tastes great (to me!).
Also, a handful in my salads, maybe with pieces of orange, spinach, yummie!.
Balances out with the other flavors pretty well, and yeah, they're tart, but a great offset to bland or sweet stuff in my salads. They taste great with balsamic vinegar too...
Let them thaw, then put in a blender with fresh oj, a squeeze of lime, and some sweetener for a mock cosmopolitanstrain if you prefer..
Or keep frozen and make a smoothie with bananas and/or other sweet fruits and some sweet fruit juice..
Best of luck fighting off the infection. if you're looking for more tips, Prescription for Nutritional Healing recommends plenty of fluids, blueberries, celery, parsley, and watermelon. They also recommend staying away from citrus (so much for my cosmopolitan idea). I've used lots of grapefruit seed extract in the past; colloidal silver and acidophilus are also supposed to be good...
In addition to drinking cranberry juice, I highly recommend massaging the reflex point for the bladder on your feet and hands..
Feet: On the inside of each foot right above the heel (toward the center of the foot). Press in that area and when you feel a tender spot, press into it for 3 seconds and then massage it for 3 seconds and keep doing that. The pressure in my bladder lessens almost immediately when I do that..
Hands: With the plams facing you, the spot on the outside of the wrists at the base of the where the thumb is. In other words, at the base of your hand and just above the wrist bone..
CHeck this link which shows you the reflex points on the feet: #34 is where you want to massage and press..
This link will show you where to massage on the hands:.
You could also squeeze some cranberry juice into water & drink all day long. Sweeten w/agave/honey, etc.....
Water is critical to flush out your system..
I also know that baths are not good when fighting bladder infections..
Hope you feel better..
Thanks so very much for all the great information. Know what? It is hard to type while attempting to massage reflex points..
I must remember drink more!!!!..
Lol. Just massage whenever you can. But when I felt like I had to pee but there was nothing but pressure, massaging one foot at a time gave me the greatest relief...
I don't think these are considered raw. I emailed the company several months ago to see what temp they dehydrate at and they never responded. The lack or response made me feel that they dehydrate at high temps. Could be wrong though...
"Just cranberries" are raw. They use to use a flash freeze process but no longer do. I love them as well. The cranberries are great on salads!.
The corn ones are perfect for any popcorn cravings...