So its the new year and I feel like everybody’s new year resolution is to lose weight and eat healthy. I’m going to jump on that boat and also use that as my new years resolution.
I like making smoothies. Its easy and fast. But its not for everyday or for everybody.
Here is a smoothie I made that I wanted to share.
Cranberries – when I hear cranberries I hear my mom saying “drink it if you think you’re having a UTI”. Well it can do more than that. “It offers antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer health benefits. Cranberries are a very good source of vitamin C, dietary fiber, and manganese, as well as a good source of vitamin E, vitamin K, copper and pantothenic acid.”
Buy cranberries between October – December. Buy the reddest ones. Store them in the refrigerator for up to 20 days or you can freeze them to enjoy year round. (Search how to properly freeze cranberries)
Chia Seeds – loaded with fiber, protein, Omega-3 fatty acids and various micronutrients.
Greek yogurt – “All yogurts are excellent sources of calcium, potassium, protein, zinc, and vitamins B6 and B12. What distinguishes Greek yogurt is its thicker, creamier texture because the liquid whey is strained out. Also, it contains probiotic cultures and is lower in lactose and has twice the protein content of regular yogurts.”
Lemon – Lemons are acidic to the taste, but are alkaline-forming in the body. In fact they are one of the most alkaline-forming foods. Also with many other benefits including rich in vitamin C, liver detoxifier, antibacterial, anticancer, and good for digestive system.
Cranberry Banana Orange Smoothie
- 1/2 cup cranberries
- 1 banana
- 1 orange (peeled or juiced)
- 1/2 lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon chia seed (or sub for any other seeds ex. flax)
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
- Water or ice cubes
Put it all together in your blender and start blending.
Remember: you can always add but you can’t subtract. Lemon and cranberries are very soury so just keep that in mind. Also the more chia seed you add the more water you would need to have that watery consistency.
Enjoy! Let me know how it goes. Leave a comment for any other suggestions.