Cranberries are for more than just turkey! These unique little ruby-red gems impart a delightful tartness and colour to this super healthy & tasty smoothie.
Cranberries are actually native to North America where they are harvested from about mid-September until mid-November. They contain an impressive array of phytonutrients with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-aging and anti-cancer benefits. These include phenolic acids, flavonoids and proanthocyanidins (PACs). PACs are now recognized as the natural chemicals that make cranberries helpful in the treatment & prevention of urinary tract infections. Consumption may also have benefits for the cardiovascular, immune and gastrointestinal systems. Enjoying cranberries whole instead of in processed juice helps harness their full health potential.
For 2 servings, blend together until smooth:
1.5 cups unsweetened almond milk
1/2 to 1 cup frozen unsweetened cranberries (adjust to taste)
2 ripe pears, cored and diced
1 scoop natural or vanilla protein powder
2 Tbsp almond butter
2 Tbsp gluten-free flaxseed meal
1 tsp acai powder (optional)
2 tsp gelatinized maca powder (optional)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
pure stevia or maple syrup to sweeten as desired
4 ice cubes to make cold and frothy (optional)