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.
- ¾ cup fresh or frozen (thawed) cranberries
- ¾ cup coconut water (I used Cocozia)
- 1 large, very ripe banana--peeled, cut into chunks and frozen
- 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.
*For a richer, creamier smoothie, use an equal amount of lite coconut milk in place of the coconut water.