Thanks to the lovely, festive color you get when you combine ingredients like blood orange, pineapple, and cherries, a pitcher of our Cranberry Cocktail Smoothie looks pretty enough to serve as a centerpiece. This holiday smoothie makes the perfect healthy addition to any brunch spread, with bright, tangy flavors that complement and offset richer fare and ingredients loaded with unique nutrients that safeguard your health during one of the busiest times of the year. Plus, since it’s a breeze to whip up this delectable cranberry orange smoothie recipe, you can easily increase the quantities to serve a crowd.
Ready In: 5 minutes
1/2 cup cranberries, frozen
1/2 cup cherries, frozen
1 blood orange, sliced
1 cup pineapple, frozen
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup dried cranberries
Scoop 1/2 cup of frozen cranberries and 1/2 cup of frozen cherries into your blender or food processor.
Peel and slice 1 blood orange and add to the rest of the ingredients.
Add 1 cup of frozen pineapple.
Pour in a 1/2 cup of orange juice.
To make the cranberry flavor of this festive smoothie even more prominent, finish with 1/4 cup of dried cranberries.
Blend until fully combined.
Feel free to add garnishes like orange slices or a sprinkle of even more dried cranberries.
Orange juice: we don’t have enough space to list all the benefits orange juice contributes to this healthy smoothie, so we’ll focus on one that doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Oranges contain hesperidin, an antioxidant that can limit the growth of tumors.
Blood orange: is distinguished from all other citrus fruits due to its anthocyanin content. These flavonoids can fortify our bodies against the harmful effects of free radicals, which have been linked to many degenerative diseases.
Pineapple: is the only source of a combination of enzymes known collectively as bromelain, which ongoing research indicates may be able to soothe pain related to osteoarthritis as well as over-exertion.
Cranberries: are historically used by Native Americans to treat bladder and kidney diseases, and for good reason! Modern scientific analysis identified a unique kind of antioxidant—proanthocyanidins, or PACs—in cranberries that can help prevent bacteria from adhering to the walls of your urinary tract, among other potent effects.
Cherries: are one of the only dietary ways to increase your intake of melatonin, the chemical that regulates your body’s sleep clock. If you struggle with insomnia or nighttime restlessness, try sipping our cherry-cranberry smoothie about an hour before bedtime.