Cranberry SmoothiesCranberries add a delicious, tart flavor to green smoothies. Blend them with other berries and offset the tartness with sweet fruits like banana.

Since these berries tend to be very tart, I recommend using 1/2 cup, then adding more to taste.

Cranberry Nutrition and Health Benefits

Cranberries are a good source of fiber and vitamin C. They also contain small amounts of magnesium, vitamin K, manganese, calcium, iron, potassium and phosphorus. This berry is a great ingredient in low calorie, low fat smoothies to drink with meals or between meals.

Cranberries are known for their powerful, disease-fighting antioxidant properties. Eating cranberries on a regular basis may promote cardiovascular health, boost the immune system and protect against certain cancers. New research suggests that cranberries may play a role in the prevention of kidney stones and help prevent tooth decay. They may also help lower bad cholesterol while raising good cholesterol. Cranberries have antiviral properties and are famous for their ability to protect against urinary tract infections.

Cranberry Smoothie Recipes

Cranberry Apple (Cran-Apple)
1/2 cup cranberry juice
1 organic apple, cored
2 cups fresh organic baby spinach (or other leafy green)

Calories: 126 | Fat: 0.2g (grams) | Protein: 2.6g | Carbs: 28.1g | Calcium: 9.5% | Vitamin A: 81.5% | Vitamin C: 61.5%

Cranberry Grape (Cran-Grape)
1/2 cup cranberry juice
1 cup organic red grapes
2 cups fresh organic baby spinach (or other leafy green)

Calories: 164 | Fat: 0.3g (grams) | Protein: 3.4g | Carbs: 38g | Calcium: 10.5% | Vitamin A: 82.5% | Vitamin C: 79.5%

Cranberry Banana (Cranbanana)
1/2 cup cranberries
1 banana
2 cups fresh organic baby spinach (or other leafy green)
1 stalk of organic celery
3 madjool dates to sweeten
8 ounces filtered water

NOTE: you can use cranberry juice for any of these recipes. If you use cranberry juice, do not add water or the dates.

Calories: 347 | Fat: 0g (grams) | Protein: 4g | Carbs: 90g | Calcium: 11% | Iron: 2.8mg | Vitamin A: 201% | Vitamin C: 39%

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How To Select Cranberries

Cranberries are in season in North America from October through December and are a popular ingredient in many holiday dishes. For making smoothies, choose fresh, whole cranberries that are deep red in color and firm. Fresh berries can be frozen and used later on throughout the year when they are out of season.

Cranberries rank a 33 out of 100 for potential pesticide residue according to research conducted by the Environmental Working Group (EWG). Organic cranberries might be hard to find, so I wouldn’t sweat it if you use conventional berries in a smoothie recipe that uses mostly organic ingredients.

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About Tracy
Tracy Russell is the creator of the Green Smoothie Weight Loss Program, the 30-Day Whole Foods Challenge and founder of Incredible Smoothies. She is passionate about helping people improve their health with green smoothies and a whole foods lifestyle.


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