Cranberries hit the produce section near the end of October and we are always happy to grab a few bags to use now and put in the freezer to enjoy all year long. These tart red berries are full of anthrocyanins which can may provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits to the body.
This smoothie also contains orange, lime, and bananas, which adds more vitamin C and a large amount of potassium, respectively. Kale is a great leafy green to pair up with citrus and cranberries. The acidity of both help counter any bitterness from the kale and also make it easier to absorb the small amount of iron. Kale adds loads of vitamin K, as well as more vitamin C, and vitamin A.
If you’re a fan of tart smoothies – you’ll love this one for sure!
CRANBERRY KALE COOLER
This smoothie is chockfull of vitamins C, A, and K. It’s tart and tangy and will help give your immune system the boost it needs to fight of colds and illness. // serves two
2 cups fresh kale
1 1/2 cups cranberry juice, unsweetened*
1/2 cup water
2 oranges, peeled
1/2 lime, squeezed
1. Blend kale, cranberry juice, and water until smooth.
2. Next add the remaining ingredients and blend again.
* Use at least one frozen fruit to make the green smoothie cold.
Note: 1 cup of raw cranberries plus 2 cups of water can be substituted for the unsweetened cranberry juice.
By Authors of Simple Green Smoothies
Jen Hansard and Jadah Sellner are the founders of Simple Green Smoothies. They are the hosts of the wildly popular 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge and are on a mission to help busy people rethink their lifestyle choices by establishing healthy habits that are easy to maintain. Hansard lives in Brooksville, FL, and Sellner lives in Walnut Creek, CA. Join their rawkstar community by visiting www.simplegreensmoothies.com
Photo Credit Lindsey Johnson