Fresh Cranberry Smoothie Recipe

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This fresh cranberry smoothie has a sweet, tangy flavor that is totally refreshing in the morning!

One of my great joys during the holiday season is stocking up on fresh cranberries.

Clean Eating Fresh Cranberry Green Smoothie

CAN YOU EAT RAW CRANBERRIES?

Absolutely! In fact, you’ll get the most nutrients from these amazing berries by eating them raw! (Although, some people with certain health conditions cannot have cranberries.)

While most of us are used to getting our cranberries from a can or eating them in their dried and sweetened state, it’s good to remember that fresh cranberries are not only full of refreshing flavor, but also bursting with good-for-you nutrients!

A cup of raw cranberries contains 0.39 g of protein, 0.13 g of fat, 12.20 g of carbohydrates, 4.6 g of dietary fiber and 4.04 g of natural sugars, primarily in the form of glucose and fructose. Cranberries are low in salt, low in fat, high in fiber and cholesterol-free. With a reasonable 194 calories per cup, cranberries are a dieter’s ally; their abundant level of fiber can create a feeling of fullness and help prevent overeating. Cranberries are a good source of potassium, offering up 85 mg per cup; this essential mineral is vital to maintaining stable blood pressure. They also provide healthy amounts of antioxidant vitamin C — with 13.3 mg per cup — as well as 0.36 mg per cup of manganese, a trace mineral that helps the body produce superoxide dismutase, a potent antioxidant. (Source)

So this year, I’m determined to make a lot more recipes using fresh cranberries. Because one thing I’m learning in this long but educational quest for health is that the more nutritious your food is, the better your body functions. If every bite you put in your mouth is packed with as many good-for-you nutrients as possible, you can’t help but feel great!

RAW CRANBERRY RECIPES

If you need more ideas for how to use up raw cranberries, here are some suggestions:

  • In oatmeal
  • In smoothies (other than this one)
  • Use them for baking.
  • Us them with cooked grains such as wild rice.
  • Cook them with sweetener for cranberry sauce.

CRANBERRY RECIPES

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FRESH CRANBERRY SMOOTHIE RECIPE

Clean Eating Fresh Cranberry Green Smoothie

Fresh Cranberry Green Smoothie

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Course: Drinks, Smoothies
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 88kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry

Equipment

  • Blender

Ingredients

  • 2 cups chopped collard greens (pack tight for measuring)
  • 1 cup light coconut milk (canned)
  • 1 medium banana (or frozen mango if you don't like bananas)
  • 1/3 cup zucchini (raw, sliced for measuring)
  • 1 cup whole, fresh cranberries
  • 1/4 tsp. ground allspice

Instructions

  • Blend all ingredients together in a blender until smooth and serve.

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25the recipe | Calories: 88kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 47mg | Potassium: 192mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 958IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1mg

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14 Comments

  1. I’ve always like cranberry juice, but never used cranberries in a recipe! You definitely have creativity and give inspiration to try new things!!

  2. I can’t wait to try this one Tiffany! I am loving my morning smoothies so new suggestions always are appreciated!

  3. graciouspantry says:

    I buy the Trader Joe’s brand. But there are many on the market. Mangos because they make a good substitute for bananas (texture).

  4. graciouspantry says:

    No, I have never tried dehydrating anything. Yes, Mini Chef loves smoothies. Maybe you need to start off with very simple combinations like grapes, bananas and strawberries.

  5. graciouspantry says:

    I buy the fresh stuff at the store and toss them in the freezer myself. You can use them either way. Fresh or fresh-frozen.

  6. Sarah Mauer Enwald says:

    Made this today. Used baby spinach in place of zucchini and added 2 TBS protein powder. Not bad!

  7. Tammie Moran Smith says:

    This is interesting. I ike collard greens, but I have never thought to put them in my smoothie. I do love spinach or kale in my smoothie. I guess I will give the collarrd greens a try sometime soon.

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  9. graciouspantry says:

    Ya, any time you add tofu, you need to intensify the flavors in the recipe just a bit.

  10. I’m only one person, does this keep @ all? I know you have a family but I love when you have recipes for two also. I’m a newbie cook so when someone says “just half it” it just never comes out quite right. Thanks for all you’ve taught me so far in my journey!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      I think with a smoothie recipe, you’re pretty safe to cut it in half. There isn’t going to be anything that changes significantly enough to really alter the flavor. But if you do have leftovers, it’s always fun to freeze them into popsicles. 🙂

  11. Ah! I bought all the recommended ingredients and then forgot to add the zucchini!
    Its ok, I guess I will just have to make it again tomorrow 🙂 It is extremely delicious. Even my dad is who is suspicious of healthy foods liked it! I added just a touch of honey to mellow out the tartness of the berries

  12. Can these be frozen for later

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Danyelle – Only if you want to eat it like popsicles. I don’t recommend thawing and then drinking.

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