While most people are out trying to engulf some Sunday Brunch, I’ve been up all morning making a cruelty-free creation of my own. What’s better than eggs and ham? How about Cranberries, Blueberries and almond milk oh my! Lately I noticed that I haven’t been including as many berries into my diet as I normally like and it’s time to change things up and add some different enzymes into my diet so I went to Publix and picked up some fresh organic Blueberries and frozen Cranberries and decided to make a delicious and colorful smoothie!
Berry Goodness Smoothie Ingredients:
1 cup of frozen cranberries
1 cup Almond Milk (homemade preferred)
1/2 cup blueberries
1 ripe banana
Step 1: Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. If you want to save a couple blueberries to float at the top of your smoothie please do so! 🙂
Step 2: Enjoy!!! If you want to make two servings just double to recipe! Remember this smoothie is sweet already so I do not recommend adding any sweeteners.
Step 3: Upload a picture of your Berry Goodness Smoothie and #trulyjulievegan.
Health Benefits of this smoothie:
Nutritional breakdown of cranberries
Cranberries are a good source of vitamin C, fiber and vitamin E.1
Vitamin C – a powerful natural antioxidant capable of blocking some of the damage caused by free radicals, as well as boosting the body’s resistance against infectious agents, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Sailors once carried cranberries aboard their ships to avoid scurvy because of their high vitamin C content.
Cranberries are a good source of vitamin C, fiber and vitamin E. Image courtesy of Benjamin Tilberg.
Fiber– According to the Department of Internal Medicine and Nutritional Sciences Program of the University of Kentucky, high fiber intakes are associated with significantly lower risks for developing coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and certain gastrointestinal diseases. Increased fiber intake has also been shown to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, improve insulin sensitivity, and enhance weight loss for obese individuals.
Vitamin E – a fat-soluble antioxidant involved in immune function that may help prevent or delay the chronic diseases associated with free radicals.2
Cranberries also contain vitamin K, manganese and a large array of phytonutrients, naturally occurring plant chemicals that help to protect the body from harmful free radicals and offer anti-inflammatory and cancer-preventing properties.1