Easter Sunrise Smoothie


Happy Easter! Today is an early morning at Crowded Earth Kitchen, which stems from tradition. When I was a child, I walked to Sunrise Service every Easter with my Grandmother. She only lived one block from her church, but she lived at the bottom (church was at the top) of a rather steep hill. As Grandma grew older and her knees grew more arthritic, she and I would leave earlier and earlier to walk “up the hill” to church. As a little girl skipping along in my Easter dress, it sometimes seemed to me as if Grandma was barely moving!  Looking back, I treasure those memories.

Fast forward a few (OK, more than a few) years… I now drag my teenager out of bed for Sunrise Service every Easter morning.  He’s a good sport about it, probably because he doesn’t have to walk anywhere, he just has to drag his tired self to the car.  Fair enough.

A big breakfast at this early hour just isn’t going to happen. Instead, we enjoy a quick Easter Sunrise Smoothie. This is a great way to start your day, particularly if you’re planning on a heavy Easter meal later in the day.  Enjoy the day, however (and whether) you celebrate Easter!

WIN_20150330_092738Ingredients (Makes 1 smoothie)

1/2 cup orange juice

1/2 cup plain, nonfat yogurt

1 tablespoon chopped walnuts

1/4 cup frozen cranberries

3 ice cubes

Blend together in a blender or food processor. If mixture is too thick, add water a few tablespoons at a time until desired consistency is reached. Pour into a fancy glass and garnish with citrus wedges or berries.  Enjoy!

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