I am so appreciative of all the healthy Thanksgiving side options from magazines, my other blogger friends, and, of course, Pinterest. Thanksgiving does not need to be filled with marshmallows and jello salad (yuck!). That said, I love all the Thanksgiving sides… even more than the turkey. However, I can’t get onboard with the canned cranberry sauce. My family always makes everything from scratch – I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Our Blue Basket delivery included fresh cranberries. I wanted to use them for something non-traditional – something other than cranberry sauce – when I came up with the idea of putting them into a smoothie. Cranberries and lime juice go so well together. [So well, in fact, that when fresh cranberries are on sale (after Thanksgiving) I’m going to buy some and make a fresh cranberry margarita for the blog – so stay tuned.]
If you know me, I put green in all my smoothies – it’s non-negotiable. I was shocked when the smoothie came out green and not red! I almost considered remaking it with different proportions so it would be red. BUT, really, the only thing that disappointed me about this smoothie was that it did turn out green and doesn’t look different than my other smoothies. This smoothie also turned out more tart than I anticipated but this was welcome as it is so easy to make smoothies too sweet. I added some notes below to make this smoothie sweeter if that’s what you’re into.
Cheers to fresh cranberries – while they last! Enjoy!
- 1 cup fresh organic cranberries
- ¼ cup frozen organic strawberries
- 1 large handful of greens (I used kale)
- ½ cup fresh diced pineapple (canned works as well)
- 4 teaspoons lime juice
- 4 mint leaves
- 1 ¼ cup milk (almond milk works nicely too)
Note: This smoothie is more tart than sweet. If you prefer sweet, consider doubling the strawberries and/or adding honey and/or omitting the lime juice.
- Blend all ingredients together until smooth – [I use a Vitamix]
- Pour into glass, serve immediately & enjoy!
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