Cranberries. It seems like people either love them or hate them. Then there’s the whole debate of canned cranberry sauce (you know the jellied one that plops out of the can, and still has ridges?) or homemade. My husband will fight for his canned cranberry sauce, but I’m all about the homemade! We shall see who wins this battle.

Benefits of Eating Cranberries:

But there is so much more to cranberries than cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving and splashing cranberry juice in your OJ at brunch. Cranberries are a rich source of polyphenols, which help protect against oxidative stress in the body. Studies have shown that cranberry extracts/products can help protect against urinary tract infections, lower LDL cholesterol, raise HDL cholesterol, and decrease inflammation!


Most recipes highlighting cranberries are focused on winter foods. But warm weather is here, and there are still plenty of ways to use this special little fruit! We’ve recently been on a smoothie kick for our breakfasts. Strawberry banana and blueberry lemon were the most recent that we tried. We experiment with different fats and proteins to make sure the smoothie is filling and satisfying. So when it was time to come up with a new smoothie idea, I thought about the delicious cranberry orange scone my mom had baked recently. I love that flavor combo! So I grabbed a bag of frozen cranberries and big navel orange and put together a refreshing and satisfying smoothie bowl! This will definitely get me through the summer!


Cranberry Orange Smoothie Bowl

This smoothie can be a great way to enjoy a refreshing cranberry beverage while retaining more nutrients and fiber.  Sprinkling chopped nuts and chia seeds on the smoothie bowl adds more heart healthy fat and fiber!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time2 mins
Total Time7 mins
Course: Appetizers and Snacks
Cuisine: Vegetarian
Condition: Gluten Free, Heart Health
Servings: 2


  • 1 cup cranberries frozen
  • 1/2 avocado frozen
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt plain
  • 1 navel orange zested and peeled
  • 1/4 cup water


  • Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Add more water for a thinner consistency, if desired.
  • Divide smoothie into 2 shallow bowls and add desired toppings.
  • Sprinkle chopped nuts and chia seeds


Cranberry Orange Smoothie Bowl (Photo Credit: Kaitlin Williams Eckstein)