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Cranberry Kombucha Smoothies with Festive Green Swirl

Posted Dec 09 2009 4:35pm

Serves 1-2

A perfectly festive holiday smoothie to keep you and your family healthy in the midst of candy canes, chocolate Santas, cheese popcorn and pumpkin pies. Frozen cranberries are blended with kombucha and warming spices to boost immunity and keep the “bad bugs” away. (This is a low-carb smoothie, less sweet than traditional smoothies.)

Nutrition Tip: Buy fresh cranberries NOW while you can and freeze them for use in smoothies and sauces throughout the winter months. These little berries only come around once a year, and are top on the list for their anti-oxidant and immune-boosting powers.

2 1/2  cups milk (any kind – see Homemade Nut Milk)
1/2 cup kombucha (see note)
3/4 cup frozen cranberries
3-4 droppers liquid stevia, or 1-2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch ground nutmeg
Pinch ground ginger
1 tablespoon spirulina or Chlorella powder, ADDED IN LATER

Blend all ingredients EXCEPT SPIRULINA in a blender. Divide the smoothie between two cups, reserving 1/2 cup in the blender.

Add the spirulina to the remaining smoothie in the blender and blend to mix. Slowly pour it into the cups, dividing amongst the two. Use a toothpick or kitchen knife to swirl the green layer on the top.

Note about kombucha: Kombucha is a fermented medicinal beverage using a mushroom culture and brewed tea and/or juice. It sounds worse than it tastes! It comes in many flavors and is hock-full of good bacteria for the gut, it’s touted for its healing abilities. Purchase kombucha in the refrigerated beverage section at your local natural foods store.

Food photos by Jackson D. Carson

Copyright Alison Anton. 2009. All rights reserved.

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