Boost Your Immune System with a Cranberry Orange Smoothie

There are only three super foods, the blueberry, the Concord grape and the cranberry, whose roots can be traced to North American soil. The cranberry is versatile little red or crimson fruit. They are commonly consumed during Thanksgiving and Christmas but can, and should, be used every day.

Cranberries are among the fruits and vegetables richest in health-promoting antioxidants, which protect our cells from free-radical damage, including their ability to reduce body-wide inflammation, to boost immunity, and more.

Cranberries are a rich source of several vitamins and minerals, including vitamins C and E, copper and manganese.

The disease-fighting antioxidants found in cranberries outrank many other fruits and vegetables, including strawberries, spinach, broccoli, and red grapes. Cranberries, which are sold fresh, frozen, and dried, are commonly used in products like juices, sauces, jellies, baked goods, and teas.

Here are six amazing benefits of cranberries:
1. Improves immune function by decreasing the frequency of colds and flu symptoms.
2. Found to decrease production of cavity and plaque producing bacteria in your mouth.
3. Cranberries are especially beneficial to the eyes (they significantly improve symptoms of cataracts, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy).
4. Cranberry help to fight bacteria that cause urinary tract infections.
5. Decreases inflammation because they are a natural antioxidant that combats inflammation.
6. Heals heart disease by reducing risk of heart attack or stroke because they dilate blood vessels, reduce inflammation, and increase your blood flow.

Important note: The health benefits of cranberries is almost totally depleted when generous amounts of sugar are added. In essence, the overload of cranberries processed and mixed with sugar kills its full phytonutrient benefits.

The fall season is usually the time you will find bags of cranberries in the grocery stores at an affordable price. Grab several bags. They last fresh for a month or two in your refrigerator and years in the freezer. This makes them easy to enjoy all year round.

Here is an easy to make smoothie that will kick start your day with energy and beneficial nutrients from the cranberries. Let me know how you like it in the comments.

 

Cranberry Orange Smoothie

Serves: 1

Ingredients:

1 cup frozen cranberries

1/2 cup orange juice

1/2 frozen banana

1 cup non-dairy yogurt

1 tsp. cinnamon

Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

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  1. DeAnna says:

    I am going to try this in the morning!! I’m jump starting my Health and Wellness tomorrow even as I celebrate Advent.

  2. Sandra says:

    That’s great. Let me know how it tastes. How do you celebrate Advent as it relates to your health and wellness?

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