Cranberries are packed with nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin E, manganese, and antioxidants, and have been shown to help lower blood pressure and inflammation. Studies have also shown that cranberries are helpful in preventing urinary tract infections and may upgrade oral health.
But wait, there’s more! These berries are a low calorie, low sugar, and high fiber superfood that add a nice burst of immune-boosting sweetness to any green smoothie — especially the kind of green smoothie that’s heavy on the vegetables. Cranberries can help cut the “green” taste of things like kale, swiss chard and spinach.
Smoothie Recipes with Cranberries
Because we’re such big fans of cranberries, we’ve compiled a list of 21 smoothies that feature them. Whether you’ve got fresh cranberries on hand, or just happen to find some frozen in the back of your freezer, they’ll work great in each of these recipes.
Pineapple Cranberry Refresh
A sweet/tart smoothie that’s like liquid gold for your complexion, this low calorie breakfast is not only bursting with antioxidants (thanks to cranberries and pineapple), but is full of vitamin C. Ginger also provides anti-inflammatory properties, while baby bok choy is an excellent source of magnesium, calcium, and potassium.
Vitamin C is essential for energy, and this smoothie is full of it, thanks to cranberries, and apple, and lucuma (a low glycemic natural sweetener). Add in some swiss chard for iron and vitamin K, and hemp seed for healthy Omega-3s, and you’ve got the perfect combo of sweet and energizing.
Low in calories and fat, this sweet/tart smoothie is bursting with vitamin C (more than 60 percent of your daily needs per serving) and fiber (thanks to oats and hemp seeds). Grapes provide immune-boosting polyphenols, and clementines are full of calcium, magnesium and potassium. Start your day with a fresh burst of fruit, and feel satisfied till lunch!
Cranberries and hemp seeds are an antioxidant combination made it heaven! They’re also both fantastic for lowering inflammation, which means this low calorie smoothie is the perfect meal replacement for warding off seasonal sniffles and keeping your complexion bright.
In addition to a nice serving of antioxidants from cranberries and the anti-inflammatory power of flax seed, this low calorie smoothie includes dried hibiscus, which has been shown to be helpful in easing high blood pressure and cholesterol, and may even improve digestion. Hibiscus also creates a sweet floral taste without adding any additional sugar.
Orange Cranberry Calm
Cranberries, pears, oranges… all the traditional flavors of the holiday season blended together with spicy, anti-inflammatory ginger. This smoothie provides an ample amount of vitamin C and antioxidants, as well as magnesium, zinc and healthy Omega-3 fatty acids from the pumpkin seeds. Check off every item on your holiday To-Do list with this delicious vitality elixir.
Maple Cranberry Tart
Lucuma is a Peruvian superfruit that has a luscious caramel taste, as well as iron, zinc and calcium. The vitamin C in this smoothie comes from cranberries (which also provide fiber and vitamin E, but very low amounts of sugar). Studies have recently linked daily consumption of apples to increased cognitive health, and they provide fiber and vitamin C as well. Top this sweet treat off with some maple syrup (which has iron, zinc and manganese), and you have a great way to curb cravings any time of day.
Cranberry Apple Amla
High in vitamin C and often used as a natural vitality booster for hair and skin, amla berry has a long history in traditional Ayurvedic healing. Combining it with cranberries and grapes, two fruits with a high volume of antioxidants, and swiss chard (full of vitamins A, K and E), this smoothie becomes the perfect drink for a glowing complexion. And at only 116 calories, it’s a big help to the waistline as well!
If you’re looking for the perfect snack to strengthen your immune system, this anti-inflammatory powerhouse is it. Both cranberries (vitamin C and fiber) and ginger are known anti-inflammatories, and spinach is full of vitamins A, C and K. Walnuts provide the healthy fats our metabolism craves, and dates are full of natural sugar, providing ample, sustained energy. Take the flavors of the holidays to the next level with this fresh, sweet drink.
Because of its high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, hibiscus (a flower that is common in both tropical and subtropical climates) has been connected to lowered blood pressure and lowered cholesterol. Cranberries, cucumber and mint are also great anti-inflammatory agents, which means this low calorie smoothie is perfect for active lifestyles. And thanks to the fiber from an apple, collards and flaxseed, you’ll feel full and satisfied for hours after drinking!
In addition to a fiber-rich pear, cranberries add a sweet/tart zing and anti-inflammatory properties. Swiss chard is bursting with vitamins A, K and C, and flaxseed is full of Omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and lignans - compounds found in plants that have been studied as cancer fighters. This low calorie, low fat tart-in-a-glass is the perfect way to toast to colder weather and your health at the same time.
Green Cranberry Ginger
In addition to helping to prevent urinary tract infections, cranberries have also been shown to lower blood pressure and upgrade oral health. By combining these tart, low-sugar fruits with grapes (known for their polyphenol power) pear (fiber), and ginger (a potent anti-inflammatory), you get a sweet smoothie with a hint of spice, along with tons of vitamins from chard (A and K, specifically) and flax (Omega-3). Snack smart with this low-calorie, low-fat treat!
Goji Cranberry Crimson
Native to South America, acai (ah-sigh-EE) berries are a good source of dietary fiber and are also rich in antioxidants. They’re also full of vitamin C. Goji berries are native to China, and have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries to treat everything from fever to diabetes. Goji berries also pack a punch of beta-carotene, which is great for the skin. The sweet / tart combination of mandarin oranges and cranberries gives this smoothie a good dose of vitamin C, fiber, and polyphenols, and walnuts may help reduce the risk of both prostate and breast cancer.
Calming Cranberry Beet
Is your immune system feeling a little overworked? The antioxidant power of pomegranate, plus the high vitamin C content of beets, cranberries and tangerines will give you a healthy glow from the inside out. Beets are high in fiber and folate, and also in manganese, which helps support your liver (the liver processes toxins, and is usually greatly affected in times of stress). Ginger works to ease any stress-related inflammation, and walnuts provide the healthy kind of fat our body needs to burn energy efficiently.
Cranberry Maple Morning
Fresh cranberries are one of the big stars of the holiday season, but it’s not just their sweet, tangy flavor that makes them so great. They’re little health powerhouses, packing a punch of vitamin C and antioxidants, as well as being one of the best natural ways to treat UTI infections. They’re also a low calorie and high fiber food. Another holiday favorite are walnuts, which are full of heart healthy fats and vitamin E. Lucuma is often used as a natural sweetener, and is bursting with beta-carotene and iron. No green smoothie is completely without a hearty green, and swiss chard is one of the best, full of magnesium, iron, fiber, and vitamins K, C and A.
Cran Coconut Grape
There’s been ample research into the anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial aspects of cranberries, but a lesser known health benefit of cranberries is their contribution to oral health, as well as the possible improvement in the integrity of gum tissue. And when combined with grapes, they create the perfect sweet/tart flavor.
Acai Cran Grape
Cranberries, grapes and acai berry powder are all bursting with healthy antioxidants, natural chemicals that fight against free radicals (damaged cells that can cause a variety of chronic health issues). When you combine these fruits with the fiber, vitamin C and vitamin A from kale, and skin-soothing vitamin E from walnuts, you get an energizing, immune-boosting drink that will help you feel grounded and calm -- no matter how busy your day gets!
Red Sour Patch
If you’re always the one picking the red Sour Patch Kid candy out of the bag, you’ll love this immune-boosting snack. Beets are great at lowering inflammation in the body, while also possibly increasing stamina. Cranberries are another inflammation-lowering fruit, as is lemon. Add in an apple for fiber, and flaxseed for healthy Omega-3s and more fiber, and you have a sweet/tart smoothie that will boost your energy and help your skin look positively radiant.
Cranberry Kumquat Tart
Like their larger cousins, oranges, kumquats have a lot of vitamin C. They’re also full of fiber and calcium. Low in calories, cranberries have enough antioxidant power to be practically categorized as a superfood, and are also one of the best natural ways to treat UTIs. Rich in Omega-3s and folic acid, walnuts also help lower bad cholesterol and inflammation. Mid-afternoon slump? Try this superfood snack!