Add some extra zip to your morning by blending up a tart n' tangy cranberry green smoothie. Loaded with vitamin C and other immune-boosting nutrients.
Cranberries hit the produce section near the end of October and we are always happy to grab a few bags to use now and put in the freezer to enjoy all year long. These tart red berries are full of anthrocyanins which can may provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.
We've all heard that cranberries are good for our urinary tracts. They can help prevent infections due to their high concentration of proanthocyanidins which prevent harmful bacteria from adhering to the bladder wall. Beyond that, 1 cup of raw cranberries provides 18% DV of dietary fiber, loads of vitamin C, and manganese.
This smoothie also contains orange, lime, and bananas, which adds more vitamin C and a large amount of potassium, respectively. Kale is a great leafy green to pair up with citrus and cranberries. The acidity of both help counter any bitterness from the kale and also make it easier to absorb the small amount of iron. Kale adds loads of vitamin K which is important for blood clotting, as well as more vitamin C, and vitamin A.
If you're a fan of tart smoothies – you'll love this cranberry green smoothie for sure!
CRANBERRY KALE COOLER
This smoothie is chockfull of vitamins C, A, and K. It's tart and tangy and will help give your immune system the boost it needs to fight of colds and illness.
- 2 cups fresh kale
- 1 1/2 cups cranberry juice unsweetened
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 oranges peeled
- 2 bananas
- 1/2 lime squeezed
* Use at least one frozen fruit to make the green smoothie cold.
Note: 1 cup of raw cranberries plus 2 cups of water can be substituted for the unsweetened cranberry juice.