Cranberry Suckerpunch Smoothie

You wake up longing for autumn flavours in a summery skin. So you army-crawl into the kitchen and before your blender knows it you’re pulling out the big guns  – zingy cranberries, dates, bee pollen, and chia seeds – and cranking up the start to your day.

Disguised in that cute, plump little body, the cranberry is a kick-ass disease fighter. They’re in season at the moment, so if you’re lucky enough to find them fresh, I say rock it out and buy as many punnets as you and your horse can carry. If you find yourself outside the Northern Hemisphere and without a horse, frozen cranberries shall suffice.

Chia seeds and bee pollen are stalwarts of my new superfood experiments…both are tremendously potent sources of essential nutrients, antioxidants, amino acids and live enzymes (bee pollen), Omega-3 fatty acids (chia seeds). Note: introducing bee pollen into your diet should be done slowly, as your body needs time to adjust to it. 

CRANBERRY SUCKERPUNCH SMOOTHIE

Serves 1 moderately hungry person

  • 40g (1/3 cup) fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon bee pollen
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 2 medjool dates (or 2 tablespoons honey/maple/agave, to sweeten)
  • 1/2 banana
  • 125 g (1/2 cup) Greek yoghurt (cow/soy)
  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) milk (cow/soy/rice/almond)
  • any other add-ins you please — raspberries, blueberries, a spoonful of any nut butter

Blend all the ingredients together until smooth, and slurp with gusto through a cheerful straw.

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