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How beautiful is this healing cranberry smoothie? A gorgeous pink color that’s delicious as a beverage, breakfast or snack. Packed with nutrition!
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 produce-heavy 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.
This cranberry smoothie is the perfect thing to make with extra frozen or fresh cranberries. I first created this cranberry smoothie a few years ago when my freezer was overflowing with cranberries, and I was craving something sweet, yet nourishing.
I wanted something refreshing, cold and seasonal. The combination of orange and cranberry is amazing to me. I love the tart berry and sweet, refreshing orange together. 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.
All you need for this recipe is whole cranberries, oranges, banana and a little maple syrup for sweetener. Blend together and that’s it!
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 frozen banana for extra creaminess, and this is one smoothie you’ll be firing up the blender for day after day. Besides being ready in no-time flat, it’s become my favorite thing to sip after a hot yoga class.
I’ve included maple syrup in the ingredients, but that’s completely optional. My thoughts- the first time you make this, only add in a little or no sweetener. Then, if you want it sweeter, add a little more. You can also use honey or agave nectar, if preferred.
Sometimes I like this smoothie tart and sometimes I like this a little more sweet. Therefore, the maple add is completely optional! I shared with Vander a few weeks ago and he went gaga for it. So funny to see him love smoothies!
You can use leftover cranberry sauce for this, but I’d recommend to omit the added sweetener as it likely doesn’t need it.
If you don’t have any fresh or frozen cranberries, then I’d recommend frozen blueberries or frozen mixed berries instead.
You can also add in yogurt, greek yogurt, dairy-free yogurt or protein powder if you want to make this more of a meal smoothie.
Orange juice can also be used instead of fresh oranges. Frozen bananas gives this smoothie a creamy, milkshake like texture but you can use fresh if that’s all you have available.
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.
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!Print
Healing Cranberry Smoothie! The perfect breakfast or snack after all the holiday sweets! Packed with nutrition!