Cranberry Orange Smoothie

Start your day off right with a healthy Cranberry Orange Smoothie! Add in some protein powder for a great post workout treat!

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Cranberry Orange Smoothie: a healthy way to start your day. Also makes a great post workout treat!

Happy New Year!! (I know I’m a few days late)

Before I start chatting about this smoothie, I wanted to thank everyone of you readers who come here all year long. I love your emails, your comments, your social sharing of my recipes! Because of you, I’m back for another year!!

So…who makes New Year’s Resolutions?

I’ll be honest. I don’t usually. At least not the type you write down and hold yourself accountable. They are more likely in my head (workout more, eat healthier, etc etc).

This year though, I’ve made a top 4 list of my resolutions. Curious? (if not scroll on down for the recipe)….

  1. Live a healthier life. This includes diet and exercise. If you know me, or read here often, you may know I already exercise at least 3x week and eat pretty healthy (well, except when rice krispie treats are involved). But this year I want to share more of that healthy lifestyle here on the blog! So be prepared to see some more healthy treats and meals.
  2. Study the Bible daily. God is the center of my life, yet sometimes I fail to study His word daily. I’m planning on focusing more on Him than myself this year. Because with Him all things are possible! If you have great study books that you want to recommend, I’d love to hear about them in the comments below! I finished Crazy Love (from Francis Chan) and Gods at War (from Kyle Idleman) recently. They are two of my favorites!
  3. Be present. Live in the now. This is going to be a crazy, stressful year. I don’t want a miss a minute of it! My oldest is a senior in high school and will be headed off to the Marines this summer. While this makes me sad and scared, I’m also so proud and excited for him and his future. Instead of worrying about what’s to come or what could happen, I’m going to focus on the now. And right now, life is great!
  4. Take time off work. I’ve prided myself in being good with a work schedule. Through the years as a food blogger, it’s tough. We tell ourselves that we need to be on 24/7. We need to keep sharing and commenting and whoring ourselves out on social media (sorry for the term…). But guess what? To be successful, you also need to take a break. And to focus on the other 3 resolutions listed above. By taking a break, I can come back to my computer excited, refreshed, and full of new creative content! So if it takes me a day or more to answer a question, please be patient with me, I’m just hugging my kids, reading the Bible and eating carrots! Thank you!!

Let’s start with my first resolution. Living a healthy life. One of the ways I accomplish this with myself (and my family) is daily smoothies! They are jam packed with protein, vitamins, and of course they are delicious too!

These Cranberry Orange Smoothies are a perfect way to start your day. Or, add in some extra protein powder for a great post workout recovery treat. Now is the time too to stock up on those fresh cranberries. Grab some extra bags in the grocery store, pour them into a freezer safe ziploc container and freeze them. Perfect for adding to smoothies or baked muffins and treats. Did you know many dietitians refer to cranberries as a “super food?” That’s because they are packed with nutrients and antioxidents. And they are only about 25 calories for a half cup. Go stock up now!

As far as the making of this smoothie, I love using my Ninja blender. Mine comes with two different sized processing bowls, which is perfect if you need a little or a lot! You can also adjust your calories by using different yogurts. I use vanilla greek yogurt, but feel free to use your favorite in this recipe! Also, I prefer to freeze my bananas for smoothies. I buy an extra bunch of bananas at the grocery store, when they get over ripe (extra sweet!) I peel them and toss them whole into a freezer safe ziploc bag for smoothies. You can use fresh bananas too, you just may need to adjust the amount of ice for your preferred consistency! ENJOY!!

Cranberry Orange Smoothie: a healthy way to start your day. Also makes a great post workout treat!

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Cranberry Orange Smoothie

Yield: 1 large or 2 small smoothies

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • Handful of ice (about 6 cubes)
  • 6 ounce Vanilla yogurt (any brand)
  • 1/4 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 large banana (I use mine frozen)
  • protein powder, optional

Directions:

  1. In a blender, combine ice, yogurt, cranberries, orange juice and banana. Blend for 1-2 minutes, scraping down the sides halfway if needed.
  2. Add protein powder and blend, if desired.  ENJOY!

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45 comments on “Cranberry Orange Smoothie”

  1. Happy New Year, Aimee! Loving your resolutions for the new year! And this smoothie – yes, please! I adore cranberry smoothies!

  2. That sounds awesome! Perfect way to start the day 🙂

  3. Happy New Year Aimee! This smoothie is the perfect lunch for me to stay on track for my NY resolution. Yes I have the typical lose weight this year! Well it’s actually lose weight before we take our adult trip to Cabo. 🙂 Pinned!

  4. Tis the season for resolutions and recipes like this and it looks like a total winner!!

  5. Happy New Year, Aimmee. You’ve had a fab 2014, so here’s to an amazing 2015!

    Looks like a fantastic pick me up when I’m craving something sweet. Love the use of frozen bananas too.

  6. Perfect healthy smoothie for those who love cranberries and oranges, like me! I am totally down with your New Year’s Resolutions, Aimee. Living in the moment and enriching our faith lives is a recurring one for me and my husband. I am starting a new blogging schedule this year, too, and I’m hoping it works out. So, I’m wishing you all the best with yours. 🙂 Thank you for sharing and Happy New Year!

  7. These are some great resolutions Aimee. I especially like the one about reading God’s Word more. It is one of my personal goals as well.

    You asked about devotional books. Here are some of my favorites: “Becoming a Woman of Excellence” by Cynthia Heald. This devotional showed me what it is to be a woman of God. She also writes “Becoming a Woman of Freedom”. I would also recommend “The Holiness of God” by RC Sproul. This one blew me away and gave me a fresh perspective on God’s glory. Good luck to you with your resolutions Aimee! Happy New Year. 🙂

  8. My goal is to re-find my healthy life. Starting with smoothies like these!!

  9. What wonderful resolutions! They are so simple and yet so hard to do sometimes! 🙂

  10. Awesome resolutions and delicious looking smoothie! I’m big on resolutions and tracking my success… I feel like it’s always a good thing to come up with new goals!

  11. Happy New Year! I love your resolution list-it was so nice to be present over Christmas vacation, I’m trying to keep that in my life! Love the cranberries in this smoothie-a great way to start the day!

  12. Looks delicious! I love throwing frozen fruits in my smoothies, but have never done a banana. I think it is time!

  13. Happy New Year, Aimee! Love all your resolutions and double love this smoothie. Looking forward to lots of delicious things from you in 2015!

  14. Happy New Year! That’s a great smoothie to start your healthy resolution. I love the combo of cranberry + orange in anything 🙂

  15. I love reading new year’s resolutions! One of my goals for the past few years has been to be present. It is easy to forget to stop and enjoy things. Great reminders! I would love to start the day with this smoothie. Love the flavor combination!

  16. I love your goals! I haven’t been home much since before Christmas and it’s been such a nice break! This smoothie sounds so good!

  17. Your goals are exactly the same as mine!!! I definitely need to eat better, read my Bible more faithfully, and stop and enjoy what is happening in the here and now!!! Let’s keep each other accountable, ok?

  18. Your goals sound great, and I share a few of them for sure! Less sugar and more healthy food is one of them too, and this smoothie is a great way to keep that up. I love the cranberry-orange combination!

  19. I love your goals for the year, Aimee! I certainly need to eat better so I’ll start with this smoothie. The cranberry orange combo is a winner!

  20. It looks amazzzingggggg! So delicious! Need to try this recipe.
    Happy new year!
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  21. Love the cranberry and orange together!

  22. What a great smoothie to start the day with! I don’t usually make new year’s resolutions either but this year I decided to make one to read for fun for at least 15 minutes each night. I was an avid reader before the blog and babies. This is a way for me to get back a little me time.

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  24. I haven’t made a smoothie with cranberries in ages! And I haven’t ever made one with orange. Definitely need to do this soon. Great recipe, Aimee!

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  27. I have been looking for new smoothie recipes and this looks amazing!

  28. Wow. I want to learn to prepare this smoothie.

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  30. The cranberry smoothy is healthy and tasty. I’ll definitely make it, but without the oranges.

  31. Looks healthy and tasty. I’m going to make it!

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