Packed with vitamins and antioxidants, this smoothie is vegan, dairy-free and sugar-free!
With all of the delicious treats I shared last week, I knew I had to take a break and share something that’s still sweet, but crazy healthy. This is the time of year where people can put on some serious pounds, so I wanted to share something nutritious as a reminder to try to stay balanced. I know, it’s not easy, especially this time of year. Trust me, I baked 6 dozen cookies yesterday. Yes, they were healthier, but come on, that’s 6 dozen!
I am almost scared to say this out loud, but here goes nothing….
I think I finished my Christmas shopping!
That’s HUGE for me. I rarely finish this early. I even ordered the personalized calendars for the grandparents and I didn’t need to pay for expedited shipping. HUGE.
So the shopping part is done. But I still have my Christmas Eve and Christmas menu to prepare and organize. I still have a ton more baking to do. And somehow in the midst of all of this I have to find a way to get myself organized. Sigh. That’s the hardest part.
Until then, I am going to try my hardest to resist all of the treats (ok, maybe not ALL of them but you get the point) and try to remain on my healthy eating regimen. I need to do all of my prep day recipes too, but who has the time??
What a great introduction for this recipe…
Chocolate Cranberry Smoothie
- 1 cup almond milk
- 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
- 2 cups raw spinach
- 1/4 fresh cranberries
- 2-3 drops stevia for sugar-free option or use 1 tablespoon honey (also makes it non-vegan)
- handful of ice cubes
- chia seeds for topping
Place all of the ingredients in a high powered blender in the order shown.
Blend until smooth. Top with chia seeds if desired.
Easy. Healthy. Delicious. And a perfect way to start your morning.
Cacao powder and spinach are naturally packed with antioxidants and vitamins. If you want to add some protein (and not have it be vegan) you can easily add 4-6 ounces of Greek yogurt! I hope you enjoy this as much as I do. I am loving fresh cranberries!