digestive health

Sugar-Free Cranberry Sauce for the Holidays

If you’re preparing a holiday meal with all the trimmings, don’t forget the cranberry sauce. My Gut Girl-approved recipe is sweet, tart and sugar free. Wondering how I manage all that? My culinary secret is Swerve!

Swerve is an alternative sweetener made from erythritol, oligosaccharides and natural flavors. It’s a no-calorie, non-glycemic substitute that can replace regular sugar cup-for-cup! (You can learn more about Swerve and where to source it here.

As you might know, refined sugars and carbohydrates can wreak havoc on your digestive system and create a breeding ground for bad bacteria to grow. It can also disturb your blood sugar, causing an energy spike followed by a crash. This can make you feel temporarily hyper and then really tired. If you get sleepy after meals, keep a food journal to see if refined sugars are the culprit. 

Now, I understand that cleaning up your diet can be extra difficult around the holidays. I keep my gut happy and enjoy the season by preparing healthier versions of my festive favorites, like this sugar-free cranberry sauce. I also make sure that I’m still eating sauerkraut and taking a probiotic daily, even if I’m travelling or visiting family. These little tricks can help you stay on track during winter, Christmas or any busy time of year. 

Sugar-Free Cranberry Sauce

1 cup Swerve
1 cup organic orange juice
1 ½ cups cranberries
Pinch cinnamon


  1. Bring Swerve and orange juice to a boil to dissolve the sugar.
  2. Add the cranberries, and heat for about 10 minutes, until the cranberries pop open. Stir in the cinnamon.
  3. Allow to cool and thicken. Store in a glass jar.

Gut Girl Note: I like to use fresh cranberries, but frozen cranberries will also work.

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