Try this easy cranberry smoothie for a nutrient and fiber-rich boost! Each sip is blended with almonds, bananas, oranges, and cranberries. A healthy beverage ready in an instant, especially during the busy holiday season!
Hey there! It looks like we survived the Thanksgiving holiday feast until the next round of Holiday eating begins. If you’re like me, you need a little reprieve from the indulgence and a re-balance of the food intake. Behold, a healthy and nutrient-packed cranberry orange smoothie made in just an instant!
The holiday season has us on hyperdrive, which is why this cranberry smoothie is just right for a quick and easy boost to get you going again. With a few simple, wholesome ingredients, you’ve got a winter smoothie for some much-needed energy.
My Vitamix blender is my trusty sidekick in the kitchen. I use it at least once a day! I’ve loaded up some healthy ingredients into the blender and with a quick flip of a switch I’ve got a breakfast or snack that I can enjoy at home or on the go.
What Are the Health Benefits of Cranberries?
You typically only see these fresh ruby red jewel-colored fruit around the fall and wintertime. You find them on the dinner table as cranberry sauce, but are there other reasons to be eating them other than one or two days out of the year? Absolutely!
- Cranberries contain nutrients such as vitamin C, E, K, manganese, fiber, antioxidants, and phytonutrients. One cup of cranberries contains 45 calories and 8,983 total antioxidant capacity. (Source: Web MD)
- One health benefit associated with cranberries is to prevent urinary tract infections. The high level of proanthocyanidins contained in cranberries helps reduce the adhesion of certain bacteria to the urinary tract walls. This helps to fight off infections. Cranberry capsules that have concentrated amounts of the active ingredients may show higher benefits than juice alone. (Source: Medical News Today)
This orange cranberry smoothie contains whole fresh cranberries (I had leftover from the holidays that I froze) and unsweetened cranberry juice. A double cranberry whammy!
This refreshing blend of cranberries, whole peeled oranges, bananas, and almonds create a tasty beverage that your body needs! I like to use whole orange and cranberries because it adds more fiber from the skins, rind, and pulp than just the juice alone. Now that you’ve taken a refreshment break, it’s back to holiday cyber shopping and spending time with your loved ones!
How do you choose cranberries for recipes?
Fresh cranberries are harvested in the Fall (September to October), so they will be the riper when in peak season. However, they last for about two months when refrigerated and freeze with ease. You want to choose cranberries that have a dark red color, are firm to the touch and void of wrinkles on the surface. You can also find dried cranberries all year long that can easily be added to desserts, muesli, granola and even mixed with grains like quinoa. When selecting a cranberry juice look for 100% pure cranberry juice with no added sweeteners or no added sugar. Many cranberry juice beverages contain other fruits like grape or apple juice in them and are loaded with sugar. The unsweetened juice is very tart, so you can add some Stevia or unrefined sweeteners like honey, agave or maple syrup to balance the acidity.
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- 2 cups ice cubes
- ½ cup cranberries, fresh or frozen
- 2 cups orange slices, about 2 ripe oranges
- orange zest, of 2 oranges
- 1 banana
- ¼ cup almonds
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- ¾ cup cranberry juice, unsweetened
- ½ cup almond milk, unsweetened
- Add all ingredients into a blender. Blend for about 60 to 90 seconds or until the mixture is smooth.
- Add more almond milk or ice as needed to achieve thickened consistency.
- Cashew, rice, soy or dairy milk can be substituted for almond milk.
- Look for 100% cranberry juice that is unsweetened to avoid extra added sugar.
- Honey, agave nectar or stevia can be used to substitute the maple syrup.
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