It’s winter again and we’ve been having crazy weather here in Massachusetts. It was very cold for a couple of weeks which is unusual this time of year (single digits during the day and negative overnight). We also had a huge snowstorm that dumped 17 inches of snow on us.
We thawed out and hit nearly 60 degrees last week and now all the snow is gone.
Like I said… crazy winter.
I’m not a fan of winter. I’m much more of a warm weather girl. I love being able to sit outside in the warm air or going out for a long walk.
There is one thing I love about winter, though. Cranberries! I can’t get enough of those tart little berries. I always get so excited when I see them in the store again.
This smoothie combines two of my favorite flavors: citrus and tart. The added walnuts tame the flavor a bit by adding a bit of sweet, buttery, earthy flavor. And a touch of cinnamon finishes it off very nicely.
This smoothie will fill you up and keep you feeling full for a long time. Which will come in handy the next time I need to shovel the driveway!
Cranberries are extremely high in antioxidants. They also have anti-inflammatory properties that can help prevent inflammation around the gums, stomach, large intestine (colon) and cardiovascular system. Cranberries are also known to help prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs) by not allowing bacteria to stick to the lining of the bladder and ureters.
Oranges are full of vitamin C – a powerful vitamin with strong antioxidant properties. Vitamin C is a natural immune system booster and may help fight the common cold, flu, and other infections. Oranges also contain high amounts of folate and fiber, and are low in calories. The white inner membrane under the skin contains more vitamin C than the flesh and a lot of the pectin fiber. Try to include as much of that in your smoothie to get the most health benefits.
Walnuts are a fantastic source of omega-3 fats (healthful fats). They are higher in calories but are low on the glycemic index scale, helping you to feel fuller longer.
Cinnamon contains high amounts of manganese, fiber and calcium. The essential oils in cinnamon contain antimicrobial properties. Cinnamon can slow the rate that the stomach empties after meals, reducing the rise in blood sugar after eating.
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Cranberry Orange Walnut Smoothie
- 1/4 cup cranberries, fresh or frozen
- 1/2 cup orange, peeled and de-seeded
- 1 tsp orange zest
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 cup walnuts, chopped
- 1/4 tsp vanilla powder or extract (optional, skip this if you are using vanilla protein powder)
- 1 serving vanilla protein powder (optional, the one I use can be found here)
- 1/2 cup water
- 4 to 5 ice cubes (skip if using frozen fruit)
Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy!
Want to know what I use to create these delicious smoothies? Visit my Resources page to learn more.
If you’d like to try other thickeners in smoothie check out my guide 23 thickeners to use in smoothies.
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