Very Cherry Smoothie

It’s cherry season (!!!) and we cannot get enough fresh cherries in our house! We eat them plain, atop ice cream and yogurt, in smoothies, dipped in chocolate (yep), and even tossed in salads! When specific fruits are in season they not only taste better, but also are often more affordable and higher in vitamins/minerals.

This smoothie is EPIC. It’s quite sweet, so my sweet-tooth peeps are going to love this (kids, too of course!). The natural sugar is balanced out with the fat and protein from the ground flaxseed, the protein from the collagen peptides, the fat from the avocado, and the additional fiber from the spinach. It’s perfectly OK (and recommended!) to include natural fruit sugars in your diet, but the key to feeling good and preventing large blood sugar spikes is making sure to balance that sugar with protein and fat (check out my Journal post all about creating and enjoying balanced smoothies here).

I get an odd satisfaction from pitting fresh cherries, but if you’re not a crazy person like me, you can purchase frozen cherries— they are equally as delicious and nutritious, and are extremely convenient!

I hope you love this smoothie as much as we do! Are cherries a favorite fruit in your house, too? What do you do with all of your delicious fresh cherries?

Very Cherry Smoothie

Serves: 1 | Prep time:  10 min. | Cook time: 0 min. | Total time:  10 min.

INGREDIENTS

  • ¼ – ½ cup unsweetened milk of choice (use less liquid if not using frozen fruit; I often use a combination of almond milk and canned coconut milk)

  • ¼ cup coconut water

  • ½ banana, frozen

  • ½ – 1 fresh Medjool date

  • ½ cup dark sweet cherries, frozen (make sure to pit your cherries if freezing yourself from fresh!)

  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed

  • 1 scoop collagen peptides

  • 1 cup spinach, fresh or frozen (about 1 large handful)

  • ¼ avocado

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend.

  2. Enjoy!

NOTES

  • Try freezing your smoothie into popsicle molds for a fun (and nutritious!) warm-weather sweet treat (omit spinach if doing this to keep the color nice and red).

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