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Cranberry-Banana Antioxidant Smoothie–sugar-free, 3 ingredients

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It’s incredible how I can overlook the obvious. Case in point, cranberries.

I love cranberries. I love smoothies. Why I have never considered combining the two is beyond me. I stock the freezer with bags of cranberries every November–cranberry sauces, scones and breads are always in season at my house. Moreover, I like eating them raw; their tart, abrasive bite is addictive, especially in this raw cranberry, orange and mint relish (I could eat an entire bowlful without hesitation, or remorse).

But I had to run out of frozen mixed berries this morning to finally blend these crimson beauties into a beverage.

I could feel the need for vitamin C this morning–the early signs of a Post-Thanksgiving headcold are abundant; waah–so I skipped the morning oatmeal and went straight to the blender. I decided  keep it simple: no added sugar, no dairy, no protein powder. Just three stellar ingredients to keep me up and running for a bit of cyber Monday shopping before applying the nose to the grindstone.

I expected satisfactory, but what I blended was nothing short of extraordinary: sweet-tart, subtly tropical, with a bold, nuanced flavor that belies the short list of ingredients. As for cold-fighting power, this smoothie is loaded: cranberries are second only to blueberries in antioxidants and bananas and coconut water are especially high in potassium (1 cup of coconut water has more potassium than 4 bananas). Drink up!

Note: I received a free sample of Cocozia coconut water. I received no other compensation and my thoughts about the product are entirely my own. This is my favorite coconut water to date. It has a fresh, bright, true coconut flavor; if you’re on the fence about coconut water, I strongly recommend giving this brand a try.

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Cranberry-Banana Antioxidant Smoothie


  • Author: Camilla
  • Prep Time: 1 min
  • Total Time: 1 min
  • Yield: 1 1x

Description

A quick and refreshing smoothie made with 3 ingredients. Super high in potassium, antioxidants and vitamin C. Perfect post-workout and for fighting off colds.


Ingredients

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  • 3/4 cup fresh or frozen (thawed) cranberries
  • 3/4 cup coconut water (I used Cocozia)
  • 1 large, very ripe banana–peeled, cut into chunks and frozen

Instructions

  1. Place the cranberries and coconut water in a blender. Process until very smooth. Add the banana chunks; process using on/off pulses, until smooth. Serve immediately.

Notes

*You can use your favorite milk (dairy or nondairy) in place of the coconut water

*For a richer, creamier smoothie, use an equal amount of lite coconut milk in place of the coconut water.

  • Category: Smoothie

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: entire recipe
  • Calories: 190
  • Sugar: 28.6 g
  • Sodium: 55 mg
  • Fat: 1.2
  • Saturated Fat: 0
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 47.6 g
  • Fiber: 6.3 g
  • Protein: 1.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 0
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