This cranberry smoothie is easy to make and filled with lots of good-for-you ingredients (but ones you don't need to hunt down). Refreshingly tart and tasty.
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I know you may think sharing more cranberry things at this time of year is a bit late, but there's a reason for it. You see, I'll take a guess and say at least one of these is true for you at the moment (assuming you are reading this in late Dec/January):
- you have a cough/cold/flu or something similar;
- your stomach is complaining from eating too much rich food recently and wants something healthier;
- you don't want to spend ages making something;
- you bought too many cranberries and they're currently taking up space in your freezer.
The good news is this cranberry smoothie is great for all of the above. For starters, if you're not feeling your best, there are of course plenty remedies, natural and otherwise, but it's definitely never a bad thing to boost your vitamin C level. This smoothie will do just that, with lots of sources.
Little berry powerhouses
If a big old dose of vitamin C didn't sell it alone, did you know cranberries apparently have one of the highest concentrations of antioxidants of any fruit? They're also a good source of fiber and vitamins E and K, amongst other things.
Wild blueberries are also a true superfood with similar qualities, partly why I've used them in smoothies before (like my wild blueberry apple crumble smoothie bowl). Add a little banana, orange juice and Greek yogurt and you have a tasty, refreshing smoothie.
Cranberries are known for being tart and you can taste that a little bit in here, but the orange juice and banana balance them out.
Plus it's a nicely different way to enjoy them from cranberry sauce, as it's all too easy to get sick of this time of year. Although if you do have some sauce leftover as well, I highly recommend using some in my savory cranberry and cheese tart.
This cranberry smoothie comes together in no time and is great to enjoy as part of breakfast, as a bit of a pick-me up or just because. And since it takes no time and you probably have most things for it lying around the house already, there's really no excuse not to make one soon.
Looking for more healthy drinks with fall/winter flavors? Try these!
- Apple banana smoothie
- Apple beet ginger juice
- Cranberry ginger cordial
- I'm also so keen to try this cranberry apple hot smoothie from Kitchen Sanctuary soon.
- Plus see more drink recipes for further inspiration.
- ½ banana
- ½ cup frozen cranberries or fresh
- ¼ cup frozen wild blueberries or regular blueberries if not available
- ¼ cup orange juice
- ¼ cup low fat Greek yogurt (or use other plain yogurt)
- Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Add a little more orange juice if you prefer it a little thinner.
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