Jumpstart your day with a tart and filling cranberry orange smoothie. This superfood drink will fill you up and keep you going all morning. Get the simple recipe and learn how easy it is to whip up a smoothie for breakfast or a satisfying snack.
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Basic smoothie recipe
A good smoothie is easy to drink, it’s smooth! No chucks of fruit or ice, and not runny like a juice. The key is to use the right ratio of ingredients. When making a smoothie I like to use the follow base.
- 2 parts Frozen fruit
- 2 parts liquid – milk, juice, water
- 1 part yogurt
This ratio of ingredients will give you a sippable smoothie every time. If you have fresh fruit, you’ll want to add ice to keep everything cold. I like to keep leftover fresh fruit in the freezer just for this purpose.
To make a smoothie with fresh fruit use 2 parts fresh fruit, 1 part liquid, 1 part ice and 1 part yogurt.
Once you have the basic smoothie down, experiment with add ins. I like to add a banana to almost every drink I make, including this cranberry orange smoothie. I count it as an add in, along with honey. If your drink is too thick, add liquid. Too runny, add a little yogurt or frozen fruit. Keep going until you have the right consistency.
Cranberries are a superfood
What is a superfood? It’s not a technical term, but it’s used to describe plant based foods that are highly nutritious and loaded with health benefits. Cranberries fit this description, here’s a few reason why.
- Antioxidants – these help protect your body from free radicals. In turn helping you better fight heart disease and more.
- Vitamin C – naturally found in citrus foods like cranberries and oranges this vitamin helps boost your immune system.
- High in fiber – not only does daily fiber keep you regular, it aids in weight loss and can improve your overall health.
- Other health benefits – cranberries have long been known to fight a UTI and can even improve your eyesight.
Find more details on the above claims here
This little berry, grown in bogs across the US, isn’t just for Thanksgiving. Although you will want to stock up on these fresh berries when they are in season. Thankfully they freeze nicely, buy a few bags between November and December and stock up for a while.
You can find cranberry juice, jams and dried berries year round but you’ll get the most benefit out of the berry itself.
- 1 cup frozen whole cranberries
- 1/2 cup plain non-fat greek yogurt
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1 banana
- 1 cup ice
- 1 Tbsp. honey
- In a good blender combine all ingredients and blend until smooth.
- Pour into 2 glasses to serve.
Fresh cranberries are typically available in early winter in the US. Stock up and store these berries in the freezer to make this smoothie year round.
A good blender is key to the perfect smoothie. The Ninja will perfectly blend your ice and frozen fruit without any chunks left behind.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 231Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 45mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 4gSugar: 32gProtein: 13g
When to enjoy a cranberry orange smoothie
This simple smoothie recipe can be whipped up in no time for breakfast and it’s an ideal way to start your day. Keep a bag of cranberries in the freezer and stock yogurt and orange juice on your fridge. Throw everything in the blender and you are ready to eat in minutes.
This smoothie also makes a filling snack. The protein from the yogurt plus the kick of citrus will help you power through the afternoon. Be sure to choose a thick non fat, plain Greek yogurt. The protein count is high without the added sugar.
Try a superfood cranberry orange smoothie with a kick of citrus, this is an ideal way to start your morning.
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