Cranberry Apple Smoothie

At this time of year, I am on-the-go all the time. You know, the proverbial…so much to do, so little time. As I’m rushing to get things done, the last thing I want to worry about is being hungry. There is not anything worse than being hungry and being tempted by all the smells coming from the food court while you are out shopping. One of my easiest defenses is a smoothie…I can make it really fast and it fills me up.  

Cranberries are just around for a little while longer and while they are here I am enjoying them as much as I can. A great way to use up those little gems is in a smoothie…a Cranberry Apple Smoothie.

Cranberry Apple Smoothie

Hello, delicious and healthy. :D This smoothie is loaded with fiber! I use whole cranberries and unpeeled apple slices. One cup of whole cranberries provides four grams of fiber and one medium apple gives you 5 grams of fiber.  Their fiber is in the form of pectin, a cholesterol-lowering soluble fiber.  Along with fiber, this combination is loaded with antioxidants!

 

Cranberry Apple Smoothie

Smoothies are an excellent way to add cinnamon into your diet. Cinnamon not only adds flavor and fragrance, it has lots of health benefits. Cinnamon can slow the rate at which the stomach empties, which can reduce a rise in blood sugar levels.  Cinnamon also has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It can help lower your bad LDL cholesterol and increase the good HDL cholesterol. One of my favorite benefit is it can help stimulate brain function! 

 

Cranberry Apple Smoothie
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Serves: 2
 

Ingredients
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 medium apple (such as jazz, red delicious, gala), sliced
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries, rinsed and picked through
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup 0% plain greek yogurt
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 packet stevia or to taste

Instructions
  1. Add the ingredients into blender in the order listed.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Enjoy!

 

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Cranberry Apple Smoothie

I love this combination! It is slightly tart yet sweet from the cranberries and apples, and is made thick and creamy with greek yogurt. Best of all this Cranberry Apple Smoothie is refreshing and satisfying. Now, I’m ready to get shopping!

 

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Comments

  1. I’m super busy right now, too! In fact, the #1 thing on my list is more hours in each day!! And longer weekends …
    This smoothie looks like just what I need to get me through the days of shopping, baking, running kids all over town for activities, not to mention keeping my head above water with everything else! Yes … this smoothie and I shall conquer my to-do list!!
    Thanks for an awesome recipe – and I love that I don’t need to peel the apples – just toss them in! And those jazz apples are soooo good (or honeycrisp or sweetango!)
    Can’t wait to try – thanks Cindy!

    • Gretchen you low exactly what I am talking about!! It’s exhausting! I just need to stay motivated. This smoothie definitely lets me do that. A growling stomach is the last distraction I need. lol Let’s *clink* to getting things done :D

  2. Oh my gosh – I swear you read my mind! I absolutely ADORE smoothies when I’m on the go and want some quick, easy and fabulous to fill me up. I love this flavor combination too! It’s so great for fall/winter! Pinning!

    • Thanks Kristi! I totally agree, smoothies are quick, easy, and fantastic for filling you up. They make it so much easier to stay on track and be sure you are getting some good nutrients into your diet…even during this crazy busy season.

  3. I love cranberries. I love Apples! To combine them into a delicious smoothie is just FANTASTIC!!!!! I cannnnnot wait to try this!!!!!! :)

    • Cranberries and apples are a match made in heaven :D Together they are delicious! I am loving this slightly tart n sweet smoothie…makes my mouth water just thinking about it. :D

  4. Christmassy AND healthy. That’s got to be a first! LOVE IT x

    • Ah,Trisha you are so right! I should have called it…Christmas Cranberry Smoothie :D It’s nice to be able to enjoy the flavors of the season guilt-free. Happy Holidays :D

  5. I’m beyond crazy for cranberries so this sounds like the best smoothie I’ll ever try! I’m always desperate for more hours in the day and a quick blend and go breakfast always helps with that.

    • Oh my goodness, I’m tortured by wanting more hours to get things done and wanting sleep. Lol I too enjoy the convenience of a smoothie. They can be quite tasty and filling. This cranberry apple smoothie is very filling. I almost forget to eat my next meal. :)

  6. I love having smoothies to curb up the hunger and this one looks delicious. The color is also amazing, I’m a sucker for pretty drinks oooh ;-)

    • Ah, Consuelo you how much I love the natural color of fresh foods. This is so pretty and speckled with red from the cranberries. Best part is you know exactly what is in your smoothie :)

  7. Cranberry and apple is such a delicious combination. I’m loving this smoothie. YUMMY!

  8. Ive been smoothie and shake crazed lately! I will have to give this one a go :) Check out the one I made this morning it taste like a thin mint!
    http://www.prettybitchescancooktoo.com

    • Thin mint smoothie sounds fantastic! I’ll have to take a look :) I love smoothie and this one is really delicious! I love using whole cranberries!

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