Holiday Cranberry Smoothie

Slightly Tart, Wonderfully Delicious

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The little cranberry, such an under appreciated fruit. For years cranberry juice has been thought to reduce or eliminate urinary tract infections, but now more recent studies have also linked this tiny tart goodie with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits along with benefits in fighting heart disease and cancer. Reacquaint yourself with cranberries in this yummy Holiday Cranberry Smoothie. Learn more about the health benefits of cranberries.

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Holiday Cranberry Smoothie

Serving Size: 1, 16 ounces (~500 calories per serving*)

Ingredients

1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries

2 cups water

1 1/2 cups almond milk (I like the Blue Diamond brand, Original flavor)

1/2 cup cashews (give the raw ones a try)*

1/8th TEAspoon Stevia

4 ice cubes

* Use only 1/4 cup of cashews to keep this smoothie to ~300 calories and 5g of protein.

Directions

Place cranberries and water in a pot and bring to a boil, then reduce the flame and let the berries simmer for 10 minutes. Remove pot from flame. Place berries in the fridge and allow to cool.

Once cool, place berries, cashews, almond milk, Stevia and ice into a Blendtec, or good powerful blender until smooth and creamy. Enjoy this festive “holiday in a cup” throughout the season!


Notes: Stevia is a plant native to Central and South America. It is 300 times as sweet as sugar, but has zero calories. A little Stevia goes a long way. I recommend the Nu Naturals brand of Stevia in powdered form.


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Tess Danesi

added 3 years, 7 months ago

Just made this. Didn't have cashews so I subbed a TBSP of almond butter and a half a frozen banana instead of ice. Amazed that so little Stevia worked so well here. Oh, and I strained the cranberries since they didn't gel up after 10 minutes. Great way to enjoy cranberries. Thanks so much for this.

juicynoelle

added 3 years, 7 months ago

almond butter is a great swap Tess. thanks again for giving this a whirl!