Cranberry-Orange Fruit Smoothies – Cranberries are paired with a sweet, juicy orange and Greek yogurt to make a healthy, refreshing smoothie, perfect for breakfast or any time of the day! Delicious!
It’s smoothie time again and this Cranberry Orange Smoothie is so easy there’s no excuse for not making it. It’s a wonderful way to use up leftover cranberries from the Holidays or any time of the year since cranberries freeze so well. And mine have been begging to be used in something lately. So, I pulled them out and paired them with a sweet, juicy orange and plain Greek yogurt. It’s a simple, straightforward recipe with only four ingredients . . . well, five, if you count the ice cubes. All it takes is cranberries, an orange, a frozen banana, and plain Greek yogurt. No added sugar or honey needed here. It’s sweet enough as it is. And you won’t find anything like this at Orange Julius or Jamba Juice. Plus it’s deliciously healthy.
What makes this smoothie healthy?
Cranberries are a low-calorie nutritional powerhouse, with only 45 calories per cup. They’re high in Vitamin C and fiber, and are one of the highest anti-oxidant containing fruits out there. Oranges add their own nutritional perks to this smoothie. They’re a good source of folate and potassium and a very good source of Vitamin C and fiber. The banana provides potassium and manganese, while Greek yogurt adds protein and calcium to the mix.
And if you’re watching your added sugar intake, this is the perfect smoothie for you! The orange adds plenty of natural sweetness to offset the tart taste of the cranberries, eliminating the need for any added sweeteners. Frozen bananas provide a creamy base and help balance the sweet orange with the tart cranberries
All-in-all this cranberry orange smoothie has all kinds of nutrients wrapped up in a no-added sugar, easy to make smoothie. As I like to say, it’s deliciously healthy. Enjoy!
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Cranberry-Orange Fruit Smoothies
- 1 orange peeled and sectioned
- 1/2 c. frozen cranberries rinsed
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/3 c. non-fat Greek yogurt
- 6-8 ice cubes
- Drop peeled and sectioned orange into blender with the 1/2 c. cranberries. Blend until thoroughly combined.
- Add frozen banana (I freeze mine divided into small sections so they're easier to blend). Continue to pulse together until banana is mixed in.
- Blend Greek yogurt into fruit mixture.
- Add ice cubes and blend to desired consistency.
- Serve immediately. Makes about 2 cups.
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