Sunday, October 21, 2012

Cranberries Anyone!?

It is officially fall when grocery stores start carrying two things- lots of pumpkin products, including pumpkins, of coarse, and cranberries. Today I am going to share with you some cranberry based smoothies that I created, mostly to work on using all of the frozen cranberries in my freezer from when I got them on clearance at the end of fall last year!

Red Hot Candy Apple Shake

1/2 C frozen cranberries
2 C chopped apple, de-seeded and cored
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
stevia to taste
1 C water (sub with apple juice if available)
1 C ice

Blend until smooth and serve.

I designed this shake to resemble the taste of the red hot candies that are totally bad for you but are addictive in their deliciousness, despite their heat.

Fall Sunset

1 C frozen cranberries
1 Banana
3/4 C almond milk
3/4 C orange juice
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp minced ginger
stevia to taste
few ice cubes

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.

Okay, it's  a bit of a silly name, but with the cinnamon and ginger, this shake has some warmth to it but a cool taste and a beautiful color.

Cranberry Cocoa Power Shake

 1 C Frozen Cranberries
1/2 C kale, frozen or fresh (or your favorite greens)
1/2 tbsp wheatgrass powder
2 tbsp flax meal + 2 tbsp hemp protein
2 tbsp cocoa powder
stevia to taste
1 C brewed green tea
1/2 C ice

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.

For this last shake, I created something that would have the energy to get one up and moving in the morning, to help you feel like anything is possible. And who doesn't love chocolate for breakfast! Or lunch...   Or dinner...      I may have a problem....       or not.

Next post will have more fun fall recipes focused on pumpkin!