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Holiday Cranberry Smoothie


This Holiday Cranberry Smoothie tastes delicious and is also a great way to boost your urinary tract health and gut health too. 
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This is a very wintery cranberry smoothie – and one of my favorites. I love cranberries and oranges! And enjoying them together is even better.

Cranberries don’t grow everywhere – they like cooler environments such as in parts of Canada, the East Coast of the United States, and the Pacific Northwest. They grow on low-lying bushes in bogs that are flooded during the yearly harvest. While you will only see fresh cranberries in the late fall and early winter, they are available year-round frozen.

Cranberry Health Benefits

Cranberries have long been known to benefit urinary tract health by preventing infections. But that’s not the only cranberries can do!

Cranberries also:

  • contain powerful antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals – especially vitamin C, manganese, fiber, vitamin E, copper, vitamin K, and pantothenic acid (vitamin B5).
  • contain over two dozen phytonutrients, including proanthrocyanidins and anthrocyanins, flavonols, tannins, hydroxybenzoic acids, and more.
  • improve digestion
  • reduce bad cholesterol
  • prevent gum disease
  • boost the immune system
  • are low in sugar and overal calories
  • have anti-inflammatory properties

Benefits of Fresh vs. Frozen Cranberries

Fresh or frozen cranberries both work fine in this recipe. The benefit of using frozen cranberries is that it can help your smoothie be cold. But freezing doesn’t affect the nutrient content of the fruit.

When you buy a bag for Thanksgiving dinner, add a few more to the cart and freeze them to use all year long.

How To Give This Cranberry Smoothie an Extra Boost

Most of our plant-powered smoothie recipes don’t include any extras in them. That allows our community of smoothie drinkers to customize their smoothie to fit their lifestyle.

Feel free to add a scoop of your favorite plant-based protein powder plus some healthy fat to make this a meal replacement.

For a little boost of energy, add 1 teaspoon MCT oil to increase your metabolism.

To add some extra electrolyte action, use coconut water instead of plain water.

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Holiday Cranberry Smoothie

  • Author: Jen
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Breakfast, Drinks
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: Healthy

Description

This is a very wintery smoothie—and one of my favorites. I love cranberries and oranges! Feel free to add 1 tsp MCT oil to get an energy boost and increase your metabolism.


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1 cup water
  • 1⁄2 cup cranberries
  • 1 orange, peeled
  • 1⁄2 banana

Instructions

  1. Place spinach and water in blender. Puree until smooth.
  2. Add fruit and blend again.

Notes

Use at least one frozen fruit to make the smoothie cold or serve over ice.

Keywords: cranberry smoothie, holiday, green smoothie

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  1. Robyn C

    January 2nd, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    So good! Love the cranberry and orange together. Very tasty and I like the tartness! I added some avocado oil and chia seeds to mine to make it a meal replacement

  2. Jennifer

    January 2nd, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    Loved this one!! I’ve never had a smoothie with cranberries, so I wasn’t sure if I’d like it. It was great!!

  3. Cathy

    January 2nd, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    Love the tartness of this smoothie!

  4. Tanya

    January 2nd, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    This smoothie was good. After reading comments about it being tart, I added a scoop of protein powder and a whole banana instead of half. I enjoyed it and it was filling.

  5. Valerie W

    January 2nd, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    Very tart, but I like tart so enjoyed the smoothie.

  6. Anita

    January 2nd, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    I liked this smoothie a lot. I did add a scoop of protein powder. I thought the cranberries would be over powering and tart but not so much.

  7. Lolita Wallace

    January 2nd, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    Loved this smoothie! The cranberries added a refreshing tartness

  8. Anita

    January 2nd, 2019 at 6:58 pm

    The banana was a bit strong on flavor the cranberries added a nice tang,yum.

  9. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    January 6th, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    Hey Anita,

    If the banana isn’t sitting well with you feel free to swap it with an avocado!

    The taste is mild and will still leave keep your smoothie super creamy =P

  10. Molly

    January 2nd, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    LOVED this smoothie. Would have never thought to add cranberries but it was so good.

  11. Maxine Grant

    January 2nd, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    Day 2 the smoothie was great, wasn’t sure if I would like the cranberry but I did.

  12. Linda

    January 2nd, 2019 at 7:57 pm

    Disappointed I couldn’t find any cranberries…substituted frozen mixed berries…added some dates for sweetness

  13. Patricia

    January 2nd, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    Love cranberries! Glad I could find some in the freezer section so I could make this tasty smoothie.

  14. Cynthia

    January 2nd, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    Another great smoothie and the cranberries added some tartness. We enjoyed it.

  15. Carol

    January 2nd, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    This was a good combination. I wasn’t sure I would like the cranberries, but they were surprisingly good.

  16. Brandy

    January 2nd, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    I never make smoothies with water, I always use almond milk, but I was pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed this smoothie!! I couldn’t find fresh or frozen cranberries so I had to substitute with frozen cherries. I definitely will be making this smoothie again!!

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