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Cranberry Smoothie

In “What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast” Laura Vanderkam writes that people with a high-achievement attitude often wake up before others, so if you want to get more done, you need to create more time. What I love about the new year, is that it presents us all with the opportunity to start fresh, to begin anew…to start over if we must. In my household, we’ve always been an “early to bed, early to rise” family, but sometime’s that can make for a long day that is physically overwhelming.

If your family is better at crossing things off your list later in the day, by all means, use that momentum and take the opportunity to get things done when you feel most productive. Part of managing your health is to manage your energy and be strategic about your time so you can get things done while also building in rest and recovery. I encourage you to take the time this new year to think about how you can leverage the time you do have to better create the time you need to be your most productive. Plan a 15-minute break to take care of your body with a healthy dose of this made from scratch smoothie. Blending at home encourages clean eating without all the additives and preservatives that you might find hidden in something purchased.

While the cranberry season is rather short with grocery stores stocking fresh cranberries just through the holiday season and into the new year, their tart and distinct flavor can be easily frozen and used for up to another year. Re-invent yourself in 2017 with the seasonally inspired taste of this cranberry orange treat. 1 cup of cranberries contains 46 calories, 13.3 mg vitamin C, 60 IU vitamin A, and 4.6 g fiber! Cheers to a productive and successful new year!

2 cups ice
3 cups fresh cranberries
juice 1 med orange
1 cup (about a handful) of fresh spinach
2 cups unsweetened almond milk
4 tbsp maple syrup
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp cloves
Garnish with a sprig of fresh rosemary and cranberries

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