Cranberry Pineapple Green Smoothie

Cranberry Pineapple Green Smoothie

Now that cranberry season is here I wanted to create a smoothie which celebrates their tart taste. I found some beautiful plump red cranberries at the market and I couldn’t wait to get them home so I could make a Cranberry Pineapple Green Smoothie which would tantalize my taste buds and fill my body with life-giving enzymes and nutrients.

 

I just purchased organic sprouted cashew butter and I knew that this yummy butter would add a wonderful sweet creaminess to my smoothie along with healthy fats, enzymes, vitamins, and minerals. If you have never tried cashew butter you need to!

 

Cranberries

Cranberries are a rich source of of anthocyanins a phytochemical and antioxidant that protects the body against free radical damage. They also contain high amounts of vitamin C and fiber. Cranberries are good for preventing urinary tract infections. Pineapple adds more vitamin C and bromelain a enzyme which is great for digesting protein and reducing inflammation in the body.

 

I used frozen diced pineapple from Trader Joe’s to make the smoothie cold. I hope you enjoy this delectable green smoothie as much as I do!

 

What’s your favorite healthy smoothie? Please contribute to the conversation by leaving a comment below.

 

 

Share this recipe with family and friends and let’s all get healthy and radiant together!

 

 

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Cranberry Pineapple Green Smoothie

Paleo, Raw Vegan, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free

Makes 2 servings

3 cups spring or  filtered water

3 tablespoons raw cashew butter

1 cup fresh cranberries

1 cup frozen pineapple cubes

1 peeled chopped banana

2 cups chopped organic romaine leaves

1 tablespoon spirulina-optional

2 pitted Medjool dates

1/4 teaspoon organic cinnamon

 

1. Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Enjoy! I used spirulina in my smoothie to add additional protein and nutrients but feel free to leave out if you don’t have them. The spirulina turns this smoothie a lovely shade of green.

 

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Comments

  1. Coach James says:

    Wow,
    Great looking recipe. I’m on the lookout for whole and natural foods this year so I’m glad I found this site.

    Best Regards,
    James
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi James, I am so happy to hear that you are looking to include more whole and natural foods into you diet this year, you will be glad you made this decision! Sign up for our email and join us on facebook and twitter to get more info and to have the chance to enter and win our free giveaways that are launching this month.

  2. Beautiful – your colorful photograph makes my mouth water! This looks pretty easy to make as well, so I think I’ll definitely be giving this a try. Thanks!
    marquita herald recently posted..Aligning Values with a Social CauseMy Profile

    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Marquita, I so glad you like my pictures. Plant food is so beautiful in all its variations of colors so it makes it easy for me to capture it. The recipe is simple and yummy so I hope you enjoy it.

  3. Shelley,
    I saw the headline of your blog post somewhere, maybe it was Facebook, and I was curious to find out the recipe. It looked delicious. I have been making smoothies regularly lately for health and dietary reasons. Pomegranates can be quite messy to work with. They taste delicious though. The image is very appealing especially since you served it in a beautiful crystal glass.

    Warmly,

    Dr. Erica
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Erica, thank you for the wonderful compliments o the picture. I hope you enjoy the recipe and check out some of the other healthy recipes I have on my blog. I so happy you are drinking more smoothies because they really help the body in so many different ways. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Thank you, Shelley for the great recipe and the listing of the goodies and benefits contained in the ingredients.
    It looks delicious, great photo.
    I suppose you could substitute wheatgrass or spirulina for the romaine leaves.

    To your Health!
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Yorinda,
      You can substitute spirulina or wheatgrass or use another leafy green or even fresh herbs like parsley for the romaine leaves. I hope you enjoy it 🙂

  5. Aloha Shelly, gosh you have a delicious post here. In fact, just your text words alone made my glands salivate and thinking of it, yummy. I have to try this sometime and discipline myself with these wonderful healthy drinks. Glad I came by and thanks for sharing! Mahalo, Lani 🙂

    PS.. glad we belong to a wonderful group on fb, come by and visit me soon.
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Lani, Aloha! Thanks you for the wonderful comments:) I am so glad you are going to try this smoothie. It is so easy and simple to make and very yummy. I am glad we share our group on fb also so that I can meet great people like yourself. Thanks for sharing.

  6. There’s another superfood you should know about called the Aroniaberry (chokeberry). It is native to North America and contains one of the highest levels of antioxidants – anthocyanins and proanthocyanidins of any fruit. These powerful berries have been utilized for years because of their overall health and wellness benefits. Learn more at http://www.superberries.com.

    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Rachael, thanks for telling me about the chokeberry. I have heard of them before but have not had the opportunity to try them. I will check out the site you mentioned. I appreciate your imput 🙂

  7. Many thanks for this gorgeous recipe. I love almonds in my green smoothies but I’ve not tried them with almond butter just yet. Almonds make anything taste sweet and gorgeous.

    Have you ever tried adding oats to your green smoothies to make them creamier? They are also really filling so keeps you going for a lot longer. I invented Green Thickies which are green smoothies with oats and seeds/nuts for a more filling green smoothie. I have some great recipes at: http://www.greenthickies.com/recipes
    Katherine recently posted..28 Reasons why I choose a Green Thickie over a Green Smoothie every morningMy Profile

    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Katherine, I have not used oats in my smoothies but I have made them with oat milk that I made with soaked oats groats. I’ll check out your Green Thickies and see how they compare to green smoothies. I’m always open to trying new healthy recipes. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Shelley, thanks for sharing this lovely smoothie for Smoothie Tuesday. I love the color and now that I know you put some spirulina in it I’m definitely going to have to get some. Do you have a favorite brand you like? I’ve also never tried romaine in green smoothies usually opting for kale or spinach…I’m going to have to try it.
    Linda Roisum recently posted..Chocolate Honey Almond Protein Smoothie + GiveawayMy Profile

    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Linda, Thanks for extending the invitation to participate in your fantastic event! Iused 1 tablespoon of spirulina in this smoothie which made it such a beautiful green color. My favorite brands for spirulina is Green Tara and Vivapura. They both offer spirulina crunchies that are so easy to sprinkle on foods and add to smoothies. You can order both online and they will ship to your house. I love trying different green leafy lettuces in smoothies so that I get a variety of nutrients from rotating my greens daily. Hope you love it!

  9. Thank you for posting this! I was searching for something that used whole foods and not juice. This is amazing! 🙂

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