With the holiday celebrations in full swing, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. There are never-ending to-do lists, parties to attend, last-minute gifts to purchase, and activities to entertain the kids on holiday break. All of that running around creates the perfect storm to eat unhealthy fast food meals. Instead of resorting to fast food, especially in the mornings, make a quick nutritious smoothie to fuel you up with energy, antioxidants, fiber, and more. Plus, the great thing about this smoothie is that that boost of energy doesn’t come with a sugar crash later.
This smoothie only requires a handful of ingredients, and it comes together in minutes. The natural sweetness of the banana and maple syrup perfectly balance the tartness of the cranberries. A dash of cinnamon adds a nice spicy kick and a little winter coziness to your smoothie. Plus, that cinnamon pairs perfectly with the apple, banana, and cranberries. It almost makes this smoothie taste like a holiday dessert or treat.
Make sure to use fresh cranberries for your smoothie if you can find them! Cranberries are loaded with vitamin C, which is great to have during the winter when the common cold and flu are all too common. They are only in season for a short while, so some stores may or may not have them. If you cannot find fresh cranberries, frozen cranberries are perfectly acceptable to use, so long as they do not contain preservatives or added sugars.
- Prep Time:5m
- Total Time:5m
- 1 c cranberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1 Gala apple, cored and cubed
- 1 medium banana, peeled sliced and frozen overnight
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 1/2 c homemade almond milk
- 1 1/2 tbsp. grade A maple syrup
- Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour into a large cup and enjoy immediately.