Awesome smoothie

WO and I experimented this weekend with smoothies and ended up with something rather tastee:

Cranberry/Strawberry Smoothie

  • 1 can Ocean Spray whole berry cranberry sauce (Anyone know of a low/no-sugar alternative? We couldn’t find frozen cranberries, and this crap has high fructose corn syrup in it.)
  • 1 bag of frozen strawberries
  • 3-5 tablespoons nonfat plain yogurt

Blitz in a blender (my low-speed “puree” setting works very well for frozen fruits) until smooth. Makes about 4 1-cup servings at about 270 calories each (ouch! damn HFCS). Very, very tastee, though. The yogurt makes it a little creamy.

If you’ve got frozen cranberries, I’d recommend using 100% cranberry juice as a liquid with maybe a tablespoon or two of sugar.

*nom, nom, nom*


  • Mae

    In place of the cranberry sauce, you could try frozen cranberry juice (or cocktail) concentrate. Cascadian Farms (brand name) has a frozen cranberry cocktail. Provides the hard-core cranberry (minus HFCS but with sugar) and the frozen element.

    You might also some time try replacing the yogurt with 1/3 of a (12.3 oz) block of Mori-Nu Lite Firm Tofu. Provides a nice protein punch with about 40 calories.

    Happy blending!

  • Lissa

    Mae: YAY! I need to email you, girl.

    I didn’t know I could get a good concentrate juice that wasn’t ridiculous with the HFCS. The tofu is also a marvelous idea — tofu still has that “twang” that unsweetens the mix that yogurt provides… and with fewer calories.

    I’ll try it!

  • Mae

    Indeed it has been too long since we chatted/e-mailed! Gotta work on that :P.

    I think the reason Cascadian Farm juice concentrates aren’t loaded with HFCS is because they’re organic or natural or something like that (i.e. it’s in the “health food” section of the grocery store).

    And, I eat so much tofu these days it is ridiculous. I think I go through at least a pound a week. My latest craze is to blitz a block of lite tofu with imitation coconut extract and sweetener. It’s like ice cream (if you dig coconut, that is), and can actually be too sweet (yes, even for me) if you’re not careful with proportions.