Chances are you have eat something with cranberries in it in the last month because we often associate the pretty red fruit with the holidays. And, many people already know that the cranberry may help or prevent urinary tract infections. But, did you know that cranberries are also high in antioxidants? Actually, cranberries are not just high in antioxidants, they are very high – second only to blueberries. They are high in vitamin C, vitamin E, and fiber and in addition to helping the urinary tract also may prevent cancer and gum disease and slow tumor growth in certain types of cancer.
Now is the time to stock up on cranberries. They are still fresh in the groceries stores and can be frozen for use year round. I still have some fresh ones in the refrigerator and decided to create a healthy smoothie with them, since I am trying to get back to eating healthy after the holidays. You can use fresh or frozen cranberries for this smoothie. I used fresh because I have them, but frozen would give the smoothie that almost frozen milkshake quality. Cranberries are quite tart, so it is a bit difficult to go without sweetener here, so I used apple cider in the smoothie to add some sweetness and honey to finish it out. You could use a different sweetener if you prefer.
- 1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
- 1 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup apple cider
- 1/8 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp. honey
- Blend all ingredients together in a food processor or blender.
- Serve immediately.