Cranberry Orange Ginger Smoothie

My favorite winter smoothie

I am a California girl. Always will be. One of my favorite things from the Golden State is picking oranges right off the tree. This winter fruit is hard to resist anyway but freshly picked? Delectable.

We don’t grow them here but thankfully we can still get them almost as easily. There are many wonderful ways to enjoy a juicy orange but last year I came up with this one. Cranberry Orange Ginger Smoothie. It’s a little bit of sunshine and pep to get the day going when you’re facing one of Seattle’s “soft rain” forecasts.

Enjoy!

Cranberry Orange Ginger Smoothie

(Best made using Vitamix or other high speed blender)

1 cup cold water

2 oranges, peeled and cut in half

a pinch of orange peel

1 cup whole cranberries, frozen

½ banana

½ inch fresh ginger, peeled

1 tsp. honey

1 cup of ice

Blend first 7 ingredients until cranberry skins are thoroughly broken down. Add ice to thicken. You can use more ginger for extra kick.

Yields approximately 1 pint.

**Cook’s Note: also good with a tablespoon or two of Greek yogurt for a little added protein.

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