'Tis the Smoothie to be Jolly

Here's to the holiday season! Wishing you all a season filled with happiness and health. Be sure to make the right choices to keep you and your loved ones safe and thriving during this time...and one of those choices could be this festive and healthy smoothie!

It packs an antioxidant punch between cranberries, an apple and some no-sugar-added orange juice. A dash of cinnamon gives it that heartwarming and merry flavor of the season!

I've added flax into the mix for a dose of omega-3 essential fatty acids, which many of us could use more of! If you're interested in learning more about the health benefits of flax seeds, this Healthline article sums it up pretty well.

My Thoughts on Blenders

It's only been recently that I've started making smoothies regularly. Blenders are expensive and heavy, and while they make a great investment for a family, at this time in my life I don't need a full-size one. Plus, the process of taking a big blender out each day to make a single-serve smoothie and then clean it is a lot of work. I'd rather be doing other things with my day!

I am obsessed with my light-weight single-serve Ninja Nutri Pro Compact Personal Blender. It blends the perfect smoothie in just seconds every time. It's so easy to clean and dishwasher safe, and is perfect for busy work mornings. I was against buying a single-serve blender, but my partner convinced me otherwise and I'm so glad he did. I highly recommend this blender if you're looking to make more smoothies and save time in the morning!

The Scoop on Cranberries

Cranberries offer a lot of potential health benefits that make me so happy. I love knowing that when I enjoy cranberries, I'm also taking care of my body in many ways! According to cranberries.org:

  • An 8oz glass of cranberry juice contains more than 137 percent of your daily value for vitamin C.

  • Cranberries contain compounds called "proanthocyanidins" that may promote heart health and decrease inflammation associated with chronic disease.

  • Research suggests that cranberries may also promote gut health due to micronutrients called polyphenols.

  • Research also suggests that just 10oz of cranberry juice can promote bacteria-blocking benefits that prevent UTIs, ulcers and gum disease.

  • The antioxidants called "anthocyanins" promote overall cellular health and are what give cranberries their bright red color.

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