Cranberry Orange Probiotic Smoothie

Cranberry Orange Probiotic Smoothie

 

The holidays are officially over, even if we still have one more family Christmas this coming weekend. While the sweets and treats over the holiday I still tried to keep things balanced. Especially during the week as much as possible and I still added in our healthy smoothies and probiotics. Probiotics make a huge difference in our gut health and since that is where most of your immune system it’s even more important this time of year. Of course this year that wasn’t good enough as we were under the weather and got the cold stuff going around. We rarely get sick and thankfully didn’t get it as bad as it could have been but still it lingered for over a week leaving us not at 100%. It was our kind of balance over the break, especially during the holidays. While we usually go for our hot cocoa and coffee with donuts this Cranberry Orange Probiotic Smoothie pairs perfectly with Gingerbread Donuts. So quick and easy but sophisticated enough for a holiday brunch.

I had planned on posting this recipe last week but decide to take a much needed break as even on vacation and everything else we have going on I don’t usually take a break from the blog. I had posts planned but with everything going on and wanting to be present and enjoy all the moments with family I didn’t post the Friday before Christmas. I said I would be posting for Meatless Monday so I did write up a post Christmas night but knew while writing that post I needed to take the rest of the week off. Feeling under the weather, wanting to spend time with the family, and I just needed to relax and take a mental break.

 

Cranberry Orange Probiotic Smoothie

 

Luckily this healthy delicious Cranberry Orange Probiotic Smoothie is still in season! This smoothie, along with other probiotic smoothies, will still be made well into the new year. With the probiotics and vitamin C they will be making regular appearances the next few weeks for sure for breakfast. Of course we will mix things up, maybe making them with raspberries, blueberries, or strawberries. Pretty much whatever berries the girls are feeling and we have all of them in the freezer right now. I’m still all about the cranberries and I still have some in the freezer from my CranFest trip in September so I will be blending those up along with all the citrus fruits and lots of ginger. It’s just so good and cranberries are packed with antioxidants.

Cheers to a healthy happy new year and starting it off right! What are your health or eating goals for the year? I have lots of things on my list to share on the blog but like I’ve said before I usually share 3 recipes a week (sometimes more, on rare occasions less) and I make at least 21+ meals a week. Some are the same, some different, many variations, but I try to decide which to share based on what my family and I love along with what I think my readers want to see. I will see page views go up on smoothies but than I worry posting so many people get sick of them. I try to have variety of recipes, share what I’m good at and what we love, yet want to share what you want to see. So have a request drop it in the comments or feel free to message me anytime here or on social media.

 

Cranberry Orange Probiotic Smoothie

 

Cranberry Orange Probiotic Smoothie
Makes 2-4 servings
2c plain probiotic drink, kefir (used plain Good Karma Probiotics, dairy free/vegan)
1-2 oranges, peeled
1c frozen cranberries (I just freeze fresh cranberries)
1 tsp fresh grated ginger root, or more to taste

 

In a Vitamix, or high-speed blender, blend everything together. Pour into cups, top with an optional orange zest curl. Enjoy!

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25 Responses to Cranberry Orange Probiotic Smoothie

  1. Cranberries and orange are a great combo looks very refreshing!
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  2. What a great smoothie.
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  3. I love your photos! This combo looks so yummy & refreshing!
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  4. ACKTIVE LIFE says:

    This looks DELICIOUS! I have been eating a lot of citrus this winter…I think it is because there has been no sunshine lately and citrus makes me feel tropical and sunny and warm!

    • awhiskandtwowands says:

      Thank you! Right there with you and I think this years citrus has been really good, knock on wood. I also think we want the vitamin C with all the colds going around.

  5. abbey sharp says:

    This looks amazing! what a good way to get your probiotics in! <3
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  6. I’ve never thought of freezing fresh cranberries for smoothies! I love that idea!
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    • awhiskandtwowands says:

      I always stock up on cranberries around the holidays and store them in the freezer for later! Of course this year I had even more with the CranFest. I started doing it a few years ago when I didn’t buy any extra and came to something I wanted to make for Christmas and the cranberries were all sold out.

  7. Probiotics are such a staple in my diet. I do a smoothie every morning or lunch to get them in.
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  8. Cricket says:

    I’m trying to eat healthy this year and recipes like this greatly help, thanks!
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  9. Chrissy says:

    This looks yummy. I love smoothies and this is a great way to use up the cranberries and oranges I never seem to eat up. I’d like to start planning better dinners. That’s my ultimate goal. 🙂
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    • awhiskandtwowands says:

      Thank you. We are the same way it seems with citrus we are eating so many I buy a huge bag and than they stop eating them. That’s a great goal. It’s so hard especially during busy weeknights. Good luck!

  10. Just four ingredients and I bet it tastes amazing! I tried a sip of that Good Karma at a trade show – pretty tasty!
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    • awhiskandtwowands says:

      Yes quick and easy! It’s the only dairy free “yogurt” probiotic I think. Otherwise we like Good Belly but usually get the shot drinks as the juices are pretty sweet and like drinking juice.

  11. Lauren says:

    Perfect way to start the day!

  12. I love Good Karma, so so good. And I like the addition of ginger! Usually I stick with cranberry & orange, but I may just add a piece of ginger next time.

  13. Sounds delicious! And a great way to get back on track. I may have overindulged a little too much over the holidays. Ah well. Life is about balance… I could use a little more work on the balancing part haha 😉
    I really like your goal of 21 meals a week made at home. I feel like I strive for that most of the time, but sometimes I get a little lazy, I like the idea of setting a goal as it will help keep me motivated.

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