fresh cranberry yogurt drink

fresh cranberry yogurt drink | The Clever Carrot

I am that crazy lady with the screaming kids at the grocery store.

Yes, that shrieking horn-like sound you hear blaring down the aisles? It’s all coming from my shopping cart. I love my boys dearly, but we’re like a clown car. And for sanity’s sake, I will do whatever it takes to get out of there alive fast, even if it means letting my 2 year old eat raw cranberries out of the bag! Don’t judge, OK? Tantrums suck.

As predicted, my little guy chewed (and spewed) the berries all over the floor, and while I was cleaning it up I couldn’t help but wonder…

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Would raw cranberries taste good in a smoothie?

Now, let’s be clear- raw cranberries are very, very tart. But when combined with yogurt and banana, I find that the tartness mellows and the overall flavor becomes pleasantly crisp. Any additional tartness can be rounded out with a drizzle of honey. Cranberries are quite the super berry too; they’re packed with an incredible amount of antioxidants and are most beneficial when consumed raw and unprocessed (no cranberry cocktail, please). Stock up and get them while they’re fresh!

More importantly, the 2 year old palette approves.

frozen cranberry yogurt drink | The Clever Carrot

If you have any leftover, you can make ice pops for the kids or freeze the liquid in silicone muffin cups (pictured above). Just add extra liquid to reconstitute, or keep it slushy for a healthy sweet treat. My friend Kelly taught me this trick, isn’t it cool? It’s great for busy mornings and saves on waste too!

You see, I can find inspiration in all things… even spewed cranberries bites only a mother could love ;)

Tips:

  • I like to buy fresh cranberries for this recipe. I freeze some for smoothies, and save the rest for jams, sauces, and these sparkling beauties. Frozen cranberries will also work too.

fresh cranberry yogurt drink
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • ¼ c. frozen cranberries
  • 1 frozen banana, sliced
  • ½ plain yogurt
  • ½ c. apple juice
  • 1 tsp. chia or flax seeds (optional)
  • 1 tsp. honey, agave or maple syrup + more to taste
Instructions
  1. Place all of the ingredients into a blender, and process until smooth and creamy. Run the machine for an extra minute or two to break up the seeds (if using).
  2. Add additional sweetener to taste.

blood orange negroni

blood orange negroni | The Clever Carrot

5 PM is a magical time in our house. I call it rush hour…

When the clock strikes, my darling little boys morph into CRAZED monsters. They scream. They break things. The cats fear for their lives. It’s like they’ve been cast by a spell! If you have little kids, you know exactly what I’m talking about about.

Enter: husband with cocktail.

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One night (after the craziness had settled down), my husband made me a blood orange negroni. I’ve never had one before and to be honest with you, I was kind of bummed. When I think of a negroni, I picture an old man’s drink. My grandpa loves them.

But an old man’s drink it is not!

My negroni was wonderfully light and refreshing. It was made with campari, gin, sweet vermouth, and a splash of blood orange soda (Trader Joe’s strikes again!) He even garnished it with thinly sliced clementines. Très chic.

blood orange negroni | The Clever Carrot

So now I’m a negroni fan. I love the slightly bitter, slightly sweet taste with hints of heavenly orange (I guess Gramps was onto something…) It makes a wonderful aperitif as well. Two can play at this game, rush hour!

*If you can’t find blood orange soda, substitute with fresh orange juice (navels, clementines, or blood oranges will work too). Add club soda and a little agave syrup if you like it sweet.

blood orange negroni
 
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
For the drink
  • 1 oz. campari
  • 1 oz. gin
  • 1 oz. sweet vermouth
  • blood orange soda
Garnish
  • clementines, thinly sliced
Instructions
  1. Combine campari, gin, sweet vermouth, and pour over ice.
  2. Top with blood orange soda and stir well.
  3. Garnish with thinly sliced clementines.
Notes
*If you can't find blood orange soda, substitute with fresh orange juice (navels, clementines, or blood oranges will work too). Add club soda and a little agave syrup if you like it sweet.

winter berry smoothie

Winter Berry Smoothie | The Clever Carrot

My freezer needs a serious makeover.

I don’t know about you, but my freezer is jammed packed with stuff from a million years ago. Open at your own risk (bombs away!!)

During a recent excavation I stumbled upon a lost treasure; frozen summer berries.

Summer Berries | The Clever Carrot

Luckily for me, my kids love to pick berries. Every summer I take them to Patti’s Berries & Bunches and they clean the place out. We come home with bushels of juicy strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries. Whatever they don’t eat gets stashed away in the freezer and is usually forgotten about.

Until today…

Winter Berry Smoothie | The Clever Carrot

For this smoothie, I puréed handfuls of frozen berries with apple cider- that’s my secret ingredient. Apple cider sweetens the drink ever so slightly and is a nice compliment to the berries. I also left out the dairy.

I can’t even begin to tell you how energized I felt after drinking this. I was so revived and refreshed, that I proceeded to empty out the dishwasher, vacuum the stairs, and fold a mountain of laundry in record time. Then I re-organized my closet.

Summer Berries | The Clever Carrot

If your freezer looks anything like mine, I feel for you. It’s like the black hole. But who knows- maybe you’ll stumble upon a packet of frozen berries yourself. Sometimes all you need is a little smoothie to beat those winter blues.

winter berry smoothie
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 c. mixed berries, frozen
  • 1- 1¼ c. apple cider
  • Honey or agave syrup to taste
Instructions
  1. In a blender, combine the frozen berries and apple cider.
  2. Process until smooth, adding extra juice if it seems a little too thick.
  3. Add honey or agave syrup to sweeten if necessary.