Cranberry Smoothie

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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!

Cranberry Smoothie with Almonds

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.

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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.

Closeup showing cranberries on top of a smoothie

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)

You can add them to your meals throughout the day like baked into muffins, added to a yogurt parfait packed with probiotics or topped on oatmeal.

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!

Looking down at a table with cranberries

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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Cranberry Smoothie

Try this easy and healthy orange cranberry smoothie for a nutrient and fiber-rich boost! Each sip is blended with almonds, bananas, oranges and cranberries.
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4.5 from 12 votes
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time10 mins
Servings 4 cups
Course Drink
Cuisine American

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions 

  • 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.

Notes

  • 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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Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Smoothie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 152 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 0.2g1%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Sodium 22mg1%
Potassium 348mg10%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 22g24%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 300IU6%
Vitamin C 79.2mg96%
Calcium 110mg11%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Patty W. says

    Hi Jessica, this cranberry smoothie looks great! How much is a serving size considered to be, since it makes 4 cups? Just curious what serving size the Nutrition Facts are for?

    Thanks!

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