With the holiday season well underway, it is important to squeeze in a smoothie here and there to keep yourself feeling balanced. We are surrounded by a plethora of traditional holiday ingredients, some of which are surprisingly delicious when used as nontraditional smoothie ingredients.
Recently, Williams-Sonoma reached out and asked me to help them celebrate their "Smoothie Week" and so I recruited the help of gal pal and smoothie-maker extraordinaire, Lydia Howerton, of Apples and Onions LA. Together we created this festive take on one of our favorite green smoothies filled with lots of of our favorite superfood, kale! The nontraditional ingredient is one of our holiday favorites, cranberry sauce. It adds just the right amount of sweetness and tang along with tons of antioxidants. The other ingredients are some of the usual suspects including almond milk, banana, and apple.
Before we share the recipe we wanted to share some of our smoothie insider tips:
1. Don't be afraid to FREEZE your fruit, especially bananas! Frozen fruit is a smoothie's best friend and frozen bananas provide increased creaminess.
2. Don't forget to WASH YOUR KALE. Nothing is worse than a gritty smoothie. Also, if you don't have a vitamix blender, be sure to remove the ribs from the kale as they won't break down very well in a regular blender.
3. Looking for a little more sweetness? We love using Coconut Water interchangeably with almond milk for added hydration and loads of potassium.
Kale + Cranberry (Sauce) Smoothie
makes 1 smoothie
1 Tbsp Cranberry Sauce
1/2 Honeycrisp Apple (or your favorite red apple)
2 cups Kale (use your favorite type)
8 oz Almond Milk (Recipe here)
1/2 Banana, frozen
Ice (to taste)
1. Blend all ingredients together in your vitamix blender until smooth.
2. Enjoy immediately.