Smoothies don’t always have to include berries. By stepping outside the box, there’s a whole world of flavour combinations awaiting you! I thought I’d share my favourite fall smoothies.
Cranberries have become my new ‘go to’ smoothie fruit. I love that they are tart, relatively low on the glycemic index and offer all kinds of anti oxidants. It’s not news that cranberries also help with urinary tract health. For all those ladies out there that get what my sister calls ‘C.U.T.I. ‘ (acute urinary tract infection) pronounced cutie, ‘like you’re such a cutie patootie’. Except a C.U.T.I is never cute. Cranberries also help promote mouth health by inhibiting mouth bacteria (your hygienist will thank you) and it’s research is showing promising results for cancer prevention.
But let’s get real. I like to eat them because they taste good (and they’re inexpensive!). But here’s the surprising part. Even though they are tart, I find that if I add them to a smoothie, I’m less likely to add other sweeteners, like honey or maple. It’s like it’s supposed to be tart, so why change it? I love the tart flavour. It’s surprisingly refreshing.
Fall Cranberry Pear Smoothie
- 1 cup frozen cranberries
- 2 medjool dates, pitted
- 1 pear
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, or milk of choice
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 tsp all spice
Throw it all in the blender and process until smooth. Add a couple ice cubes if it’s not thick enough, but I find just the frozen cranberries is enough. Garnish with cinnamon if you like and drink up.