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Fresh Cranberry Smoothie



Looking for a festive and healthy way to start off the holiday before indulging and splurging? This Cranberry Smoothie will energize you for a full day of cooking and family time. Or its a great way to use up any cranberries leftover from your PIP holiday feast box. You can freeze them for up to a year or use them fresh in your morning smoothie! After savoring all of our favorite Thanksgiving dishes, this smoothie is perfect for breakfast the next day. It’s light and refreshing, loaded with antioxidants, vitamin C, and potassium, and the most festive shade of red!



Cranberries are naturally very tart. Blending them with a frozen PIP banana and a fresh PIP orange adds natural sweetness, but feel free to drizzle in a bit of maple syrup if the smoothie is too tart for your taste. Add in your favorite smoothie mix-ins, like ground flaxseed, chia seeds, avocado, nut or seed butter, protein powder or collagen, or greens, just before blending.



Try this recipe? Don’t forget to snap a photo of your kitchen creations, post it to social, and tag us @perfectlyimperfectproduce so we can check it out!



Fresh Cranberry Smoothie


Active time: 5 Min.

Total time: 5 Min.

Yield: 1 smoothie


Ingredients:

1 Perfectly Imperfect banana (best if frozen)

1 cup Perfectly Imperfect cranberries, rinsed

1 Perfectly Imperfect orange, peeled

¼ - ⅓ cup milk or nondairy beverage of choice (use more for a thinner smoothie)

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Maple syrup, to taste (optional)

Other optional ingredients: ground flaxseed, chia seeds, nut butter, protein powder or collagen



Instructions:

Combine all ingredients in a blender and run the motor on high until very smooth. If smoothie is too tart, add maple syrup 1 teaspoon at a time.



By Carolyn Hodges, MS, RDN