Healing Cranberry Smoothie! The perfect breakfast or snack to counteract all the holiday sweets! Packed with nutrition!
Let’s balance things out a little bit, shall we? Since craving (and eating) chocolate, ginger & peppermint everything over the past few weeks, I’m ready for a little holiday break.
This is typically the time of year when I start craving unprocessed, vegetable-filled meals. Don’t get me wrong, you know I’m not going to deny myself my favorite dishes; however, I find that I really do prefer ‘cleaner’ meals most of the time. I notice a dramatic shift in energy and clarity when my diet is full of plants. As much as I want to enjoy the same feeling from extra-cheese pizza and cinnamon rolls, unfortunately, that’s just not the case.
I’ve been in a bit of a funk over the past two days, and I think my diet is partly to blame. Sure, I’ve been more stressed/anxious trying to get everything done so I can leave the office for two weeks, but I’ve also been turning to more and more convenient snacks to get me through. Combine that with last weekend’s extended trip, and I’m running low on both energy and focus.
I created this cranberry smoothie back in October when my freezer was overflowing with cranberries, and I was craving something sweet, yet nourishing. Smoothies are one of my favorite ways to get ‘back on track’, but this time I wasn’t in the mood for the usual green suspects.
How have I not put cranberries in a smoothie before? Orange and cranberry are the yin and yang to sweet and tart. Add a little banana for extra creaminess, and this is one smoothie you’ll be firing up the blender for day after day.
Since making this back in the fall, I’ve tried a few different combinations of coconut milk, yogurt, chia seeds, and grapefruit. Sure, they all work, but I really love this no-fuss recipe the best. Besides being ready in no-time flat, it’s become my favorite thing to sip after a hot yoga class.
Super sweaty + frozen cranberry smoothie is the most refreshing thing ever.
Whole cranberries also pack quite a nutritious punch! Besides being one of the best sources of antioxidants, they’re also loaded with:
Plus, research shows that consuming the whole cranberry is more beneficial to your heart than taking concentrated cranberry supplements. Since fresh cranberries are so abundant this time of year, buy a few bags to store in the freezer! Keeping them frozen also negates the need for ice in this smoothie. Bonus!
If you try this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and tag your Instagram photos with #delishknowledge . I absolutely love seeing your creations. Happy cooking!
Healing Cranberry Smoothie
Yield 3 cups
Healing Cranberry Smoothie! The perfect breakfast or snack after all the holiday sweets! Packed with nutrition! A warning that this smoothie is a bit tart! While I love that sour/tart flavor of cranberries and orange, you may prefer it a little more sweet. In that case, add a little stevia, agave, maple, honey, whatever you prefer in with the ingredients. You can also decrease the cranberries to 1/2 cup.
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 cup whole cranberries
- 2 oranges, peeled
- 1 banana, frozen
- Place the ingredients into a high powered blender, like a [url:1]VitaMix[/url] or [url:2]BlendTec[/url] in the order listed: water, cranberries, oranges and banana.
- Blend until smooth and creamy.
If you are using a standard blender, you might need to puree a few times until smooth.
Courses Smoothie, Juice
What ‘healing’ foods do you turn to during the holidays?