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3 Seasonal Cranberry Smoothie Options

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Cranberries are a fitting way to celebrate Thanksgiving - they're one of only three native fruits in North America that are grown in large numbers. The Cape Cod Cranberry Growers Association explained that this tart American fruit has been popular for hundreds of years. First with Native Americans who used the berry as food, medicine and clothing dye, then with sailors in the 1800s who ate cranberries to avoid scurvy. 

Cranberries are still a good source of vitamin C, magnesium and dietary fiber today, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. Whether you want to take advantage of the nutrients cranberries offer or just enjoy their taste this fall, try out these three tasty cranberry smoothie recipes. 

1. Cranberry Orange Smoothie 
This 18-ounce smoothie recipe is an easy way to mix a quick, fruity drink in your Oster® My Blend® Blender. Add 1 1/2 cups of orange juice, 1 cup of frozen halved sliced peaches and 1/4 cup whole berry cranberry sauce to your sports bottle. Attach the blade, flip the bottle over, put it in your base and blend for about 45 seconds. Then simply detach the bottle from the unit, flip back over and replace the blade attachment with your drinking lid and you're ready to enjoy a sweet, cranberry beverage. 

2. Fruit-Filled Cranberry Burst 
Cranberries have a great taste, but they can be too tart on their own. Mix in plenty of other fruits to get a unique, tasty smoothie you can share with your friends and family. Combine 3 cups of whole cranberries, 1/2 cup of apple cider, 1 chopped banana, 1/2 cup raspberries, 1/2 cup strawberries, 1 cup of almond milk and ice in your all purpose blender. Blend on HIGH until it's as smooth or pulpy as you like it! Consider using frozen raspberries or strawberries in the place of ice. 

3. Leftover Cranberry Sauce Smoothie
Cooking for Thanksgiving can leave you with a lot of leftovers. If you end up with more cranberry sauce than you know what to do with - either jelly or whole berry - consider making it into a smoothie. The cranberry orange smoothie also takes advantage of sauce, but this recipe gives you a much creamier option for your unwanted extras. 

Mix about 1 cup of cranberry sauce with 1 cup plain Greek yogurt, 1 chopped apple and a splash of orange juice in your blender. Blend on HIGH and enjoy this leftover treat. Recipe website Cook The Story recommended freezing the cranberry sauce before using it in the smoothie for an extra twist.