Cranberry Zinger

By: Ginny Mahar

Dietary Compliance: Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Almost-Paleo, Paleo

If you’ve never put cranberries in a smoothie before, get ready to be surprised. For me, it was a revelation, a whole new juicy world: bright, sweet, tart, and filled with delightfully astringent refreshment. I use the term ‘smoothie’ loosely here, for, in truth, this is more of a whole-fruit juice, pink and puckery.

Fresh cranberries are high in iodine (see note), which can be a good and a bad thing for the thyroid, so this may not be the beverage to drink every single day. But when cold and flu season rolls around, nothing feels better on a sore and scratchy throat. That’s when I blend up this Cranberry Zinger, for it seems to give me a needed immune boost. Cranberries also have high levels of phytochemicals, which aid in neutralizing the free-radicals that contribute to cancer and heart disease, as well as clearing the bacteria that causes most UTIs (E. coli) from your urinary tract. Cooking or otherwise processing cranberries (like dried cranberries) destroys or significantly reduces, those amazing phytochemicals, so blending them up is one way you can get their full nutritional effect.

Here’s some info about the thyroid-friendly nutrients in this drink:

*A note on iodine: According to our team nutritionist, Adrienne Klein, thyroid patients should not be on an iodine supplement unless directed and supervised by a qualified physician. She adds that supplementing with iodine is a different beast than dietary iodine, since most of the iodine we get from food that is not utilized by the thyroid gets excreted through urine. The recommended daily allowance for iodine in an adult is 150 mcg, with an upper limit of 1100 mcg iodine consumption through food.

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Cranberry Zinger

If you’ve never put cranberries in a smoothie before, get ready to be surprised. Dietary Compliance: Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Almost-Paleo, Paleo

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2


  • 1 1/4 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 2 medium orangespeeled and thickly sliced, seeds removed
  • 1 ripe pear,peeled, cored, and cut into chunks
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 inch piece gingerpeeled and sliced


  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend at high speed until smooth.

Recipe Notes

I always make the full amount and store the extra in the fridge. It keeps well for a day or two.

Nutritional Info Print
Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Zinger
Amount Per Serving
Calories 165
% Daily Value*
Sodium 9mg0%
Potassium 415mg12%
Carbohydrates 42g14%
Fiber 8g32%
Sugar 27g30%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 330IU7%
Vitamin C 81.8mg99%
Calcium 68mg7%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


About the Author

Thyroid Refresh Co-founder Ginny Mahar is the mom and recipe blogger formerly known as Hypothyroid Chef. After struggling with the residual symptoms of Hashimoto’s for over four years, she embarked on her own process of adopting a thyroid-specific diet and lifestyle. Within one year, she restored her vitality and lowered her thyroid antibodies by half. Ginny is a passionate advocate of supporting others on their journeys toward better health. She is a Cordon Bleu trained chef, cooking instructor, writer, and entrepreneur.