This Cranberry Orange Smoothie is the perfect, healthy immunity booster for those cold winter days. Been fighting a cold? Try this to get some extra vitamins, minerals and fiber in your day.
I don't know about you but winter is taking it's toll on me. I have been sick for a month. I finally went to the doctor yesterday for the second time and got an antibiotic. Hallelujah! I hate taking antibiotics because I feel like they wreck my stomach but sometimes you gotta have them. I'll take my probiotic while I take my antibiotic. ?
I'm also using yummy smoothies to get my health back on track. Smoothies are a super easy way to get loads on nutrients in one punch - while also tasting good. It's like you are tricking your body into eating healthy.
This Cranberry Orange Smoothie was new for me. I rarely eat cranberries and decided it was time to change that. Cranberries aren't just for Thanksgiving. If you buy them frozen you have access to their deliciousness all year. Cranberries are loaded with health benefits like these...
- great for urinary tract health
- cardiovascular health
All the sweetness in this Cranberry Orange Smoothie comes from the orange. Oranges are famous for their Vitamin C but they are loaded with other nutritional benefits too...
- reduced severity of inflammatory conditions
- cardiovascular health
Move over orange juice, there's a new drink in town.
Normally cranberries can be very tart and not so sweet. When you add one ripe orange this smoothie is naturally sweet and you don't need to add any honey or agave. The cocoa nibs give it an extra nutritional boost and texture. Cocoa nibs are dried and fermented pieces of cocoa beans, so it chocolate in its' purest form. They have a strong, nutty chocolate flavor without the sweetness. Trust me, you won't be eating these by the handful. One ounce of cocoa nibs has nine grams of fiber so this smoothie is rocking some serious fiber. They also contain iron, antioxidants and are thought to be mood improvers. May I have some more, please?
If you find yourself with a whole bag of cocoa nibs and not a clue what to do with them, here are some ways I use them...
- add to muffins or cookies
- on oatmeal or quinoa breakfast bowls
- on salads
- as a topping for yogurt or cottage cheese
- in trail mix or granola
- in protein balls
- add to almond or peanut butter and eat with sliced apples
Hope you are having a healthy winter and don't need this Cranberry Orange Smoothie to boost your immunity. Either way, it tastes good, so enjoy!
Cranberry Orange Smoothie
- 1 cup plain coconut milk
- 1 navel orange peeled and cut in half
- 1 cup frozen cranberries
- 1 tbsp cocoa nibs
- Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender and mix.
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