This is the time of year when fresh cranberries appear in stores and the frozen strawberries from summer need to be used up. It’s a good thing both are delicious together in a green smoothie!
Cranberries are very tart, but when they are blended with sweet fruit and mild greens, they provide a wonderful accent flavor. I used one cup of whole, fresh cranberries in this meal-replacement recipe.
Cranberries are known for their powerful, disease-fighting antioxidant properties. There are a variety of scientific studies that have demonstrated the effectiveness of cranberry juice in preventing urinary tract infections (UTIs). They also may provide some protection against dental caries and promote oral health. They are also a great source of vitamin C, which is a good thing to get during the cold winter months.
Since this is a green smoothie meal, I added a scoop of raw protein powder from Sprout Living. It’s an organic, raw protein powder that isn’t chalky and comes in several flavors like chocolate maca, vanilla lucuma and more.
Cran-Strawberry Smoothie Recipe with Orange
- 1 cup fresh cranberries
- 1 medium banana, peeled
- 1 orange, peeled and deseeded
- 4 frozen strawberries
- 1 scoop protein powder by Sprout Living
- 1 head butterhead lettuce, chopped
- 8 ounces of filtered water
Start by adding the liquid to your blender (I use a Vitamix), followed by the soft fruit. Add the greens to your blender last. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until the smoothie is creamy.
Calcium: 14% RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance)
Vitamin A: 42% RDA
Vitamin C: 187% RDA
This smoothie is also a rich source of folate, vitamins B1 through B6, vitamin K, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and potassium.
Serving Size: One. (This recipe makes a large, 32-ounce smoothie. It is a meal-replacement smoothie and not a snack. I recommend drinking half right away and the other half about 30 minutes later. If it is too much for you, store leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.)
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Tracy Russell is the creator of the Green Smoothie Health & Weight Loss Program and founder of Incredible Smoothies. She is passionate about helping people improve their health with green smoothies and a whole foods lifestyle.