Cranberries are a powerhouse ingredient for our health but can be bitter to some. This strawberry and cranberry smoothie is delicious and mixes the nutritional value and taste into one delicious vegan smoothie bowl!
I love a healthy strawberry smoothie, or really any smoothie. So much so that this blog is filled with tons of nutritional smoothie bowl recipes. However, as simple and delicious as the classic strawberry and banana combination is – sometimes you need to jazz things up and that’s where I welcome this healthy strawberry and cranberry smoothie.
Cranberries are tart – with a sour note, and really add an interesting dimension to the flavour of this frozen strawberry smoothie. I love a sweet smoothie bowl as much as the next person (i.e. a lot), but it’s nice to throw something tangy in the recipe too sometimes to balance the sweetness.
Not to mention that cranberries also come packed with a whole bunch of nutrients and health benefits. So cranberries aren’t only good for cranberry sauce and cranberry juice- chuck a handful into your smoothies.
Health benefits of cranberries
Although this probably isn’t the case globally, some people certainly consider cranberries a superfood. These berries, while small, do pack an impressive amount of vitamins and minerals and other plant compounds that are beneficial to our health.
For example, cranberries are a rich source of vitamin C ( containing 25% of your daily requirement in a 1 cup serving). Vitamin C is a great antioxidant and maintains the health of our skin, bones, muscles etc.
In the same 1 cup serving, cranberries also contain about 9% of your Vitamin A RDI, and 6% of your Vitamin K RDI. They also contain Vitamin E, potassium, manganese, copper, calcium and a variety of others- in smaller amounts.
Along with the above, cranberries are packed with antioxidants and ‘bioactive plant compounds’ that work wonders for our health. Including anti-inflammatory properties, defence against UTI’s and infection etc. However, it’s worth noting that the majority of these are in the berries skin, rather than just the juice – so these berries are best eaten whole.
Cranberries are linked with a variety of different health benefits. these include improved immune function, improved heart health, decreased blood pressure, improved gut health and even anti-cancerous properties.
How To Make This Strawberry & Cranberry Smoothie Bowl
Just like with all of my smoothie recipes, this strawberry smoothie bowl combines frozen fruit and the plant-based milk of your choice as it’s base. This could include homemade almond milk or coconut milk or oat milk. Or one of the many other choices you have- most of which you can find recipes for here.
I love using frozen fruit for all of my smoothie bowls, so you end up with a super-thick, creamy almost ice-cream like smoothie – that feels like a real ‘treat’.
I’ve kept this recipe fairly basic. However, feel free to add even more nutrition to this recipe with some of your favourite portein powder, flaxseeds, or even chia seeds. You can also bulk up the smoothie with some oats – to help keep you fuller for longer.
NEXT, IT’S TIME TO DECORATE YOUR SMOOTHIE BOWL.
This step is completely optional but it’s so fun. When I am in the mood especially on weekends, I love to make my smoothie thicker and serve it in either a bowl or a jar and decorate it with different toppings that can help boost nutritional value and at the same time make it pleasant to look at.
If you want to boost fibre, then you could add fibre-rich fruits, granola or something similar. I love adding dragon fruit balls using a melon baller.
You can add healthy fats to the recipe in the form of nut or seed butter, chopped nuts and/or chia seeds. Or even blend some avocado into the smoothie. This won’t affect the flavour but adds a delicious creaminess.
For added protein, you have a variety of choices: oats, chia seeds, flax seeds, coconut milk, puffed quinoa, hemp seeds etc or using a combination of these seeds, you can make and use your own protein blend and use on smoothies and salads and baking.
Other Healthy plant based Breakfast Ideas You Might Like
If you’ve come looking for some more easy smoothie recipes then you’re in the for a treat. I certainly have a lot to choose from. You can check this mixed berry smoothie, chocolate smoothie, mango smoothie, or green smoothie.
strawberry and cranberry smoothie bowl
- 1 banana frozen
- 1/4 cup cranberries fresh or frozen
- 1/2 cup strawberries frozen
- 1/2 cup almond milk or your choice of milk
- 1 tsp maple syrup optional
- 1 tBsp protein powder optional
- Blend all ingredients.
- Top the bowl with whatever you like. I chose dragon fruit balls & raspberry covered energy hearts.