Some mornings I like to have a smoothie, but I don’t usually do the super-green smoothies or the ones that are packed with fruit and sugars. I try to keep mine purposeful in that it will give me a variety of nutrients, keep me full for several hours, and help me get certain foods into my diet on a regular basis. Since I already eat tons of leafy greens during meals, I don’t want to overdo it by also adding them to my smoothies.
This smoothie recipe is my favorite way to sneak cranberries into my diet. Usually when they are cooked, you have to add tons of sugar just to tolerate eating them. If you buy the unsweetened pure cranberry juice, it can be pretty expensive as well as majorly tart! Instead, in this smoothie, they are mostly masked by the blueberries and nut butter. Just be sure to keep the ratio at 2:1 (twice as many blueberries to cranberries). I also like to get unsweetened cocoa powder into my diet a few times a week. This is NOT like having hot cocoa or sweetened cocoa powders; it is a much richer, yet bitter chocolate, but awesome in recipes and very high in iron. If you add just the right amount to a smoothie, it feels chocolatey without tasting overly sweet or bitter. So, the combination of these ingredients gives you a nice serving of protein, probiotics, calcium, vitamin C, iron, fiber, and some omega 3’s. Plus, it feels like you’re having dessert for breakfast without a ton of sugar.
- ¼ cup of frozen organic cranberries
- ½ cup of frozen or fresh organic blueberries
- 4 oz. of yogurt (plain, vanilla, chocolate – I use So Delicious’ Plain or Chocolate)
- 2 Tbsp of nut butter (I use cashew butter)
- ¾ cup of non-dairy milk (I use cashew milk, rice milk, or coconut milk)
- 2 Tbsp of golden flaxmeal or freshly ground flax seeds
- 1 tsp of unsweetened cocoa powder
- Optional: you can add 1 Tbsp of chia seeds in place of 1 Tbsp of Flax if you want.
- Optional: you can add 1 Tbsp of coconut flour to add more fiber and protein; just be aware it adds a stronger coconut taste to your drink.
- Add all the ingredients into your blender or Nutri-bullet. Blend until everything is well combined and there are no more pieces of fruit remaining.
- This smoothie will get thicker the longer it sits. I suggest drinking it within an hour of blending it together.
- If you're smoothie is too thick, you can add a little more milk.
- Be sure to drink this smoothie within an hour of blending it because it does thicken over time.