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

cranberry smoothie

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

Cranberry-Banana Antioxidant Smoothie

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.

Prep Time 1 minute
Total Time 1 minute

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup fresh or frozen (thawed) cranberries
  • 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.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size

entire recipe

Amount Per Serving Calories 190Total Fat 1.2gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 55mgCarbohydrates 47.6gFiber 6.3gSugar 28.6gProtein 1.6g

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