A cherry smoothie always makes for a tasty meal or snack!
If you like snacking on cherries, then you are the perfect candidate for one of these yummy recipes we have listed below.
This type of fruit has a sharp but sweet taste that goes well with many other flavors.
These smoothies are out of this world..GOOD!
Cherries are a fruit that is very low in calorie yet very rich in vitamins, minerals and other antioxidants. They are both, sweet and tart, and pack many many health benefits. We name a few below.
Pigment Rich Skin – pigment rich might sound a little strange, but it’s a good thing.
Most fruits and vegetables that have dark, rich colorful skins such as: red, purple or blue, contain flavonoid compounds also known as anthocyanin glycosides - which is a powerful antioxidant that is very beneficial to the body.
(This antioxidant is usually found in the skin of most all fruits and vegetables)
Sleep Aid – cherries contain a hormone called melatonin, which is known to help regulate the body’s sleep cycles, and aid in a deeper more restful sleep.
Vitamin C – cherries contain vitamin C, which plays an important role in repairing damaged tissue as well as aiding healthy tissue to continue to grow strong.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant which helps prevent the spread of free radicals in the body – which contribute to the development of heart disease, cancer, arthritis etc... Since the body cannot synthesize vitamin C, you must obtain it from food sources, and cherries are an excellent way to do that.
Basic Cherries in a Smoothie Recipe
1 very ripe banana, peeled (commonly used – frozen)
1 cup frozen unsweetened tart cherries
1 cup milk
Put banana, frozen cherries and milk in the container of an electric blender; puree until smooth. Serve immediately.
Apple Cherry Peach Smoothie
1/2 cup pitted cherries
1 cup pitted and sliced peaches
ice as needed
1 medium banana
1/2 cup milk
Blend the banana, crushed ice, and milk together for about 30 seconds. Then add the cherries, apples, and peaches and blend for an additional minute on high till the fruit is mixed.
Serve and enjoy.
Cherry Cantaloupe Smoothie
1/2 cantaloupe (peeled, seeded and sliced)
1/2 cups apple or apricot juice
2-3 pitted cherries
1/4 cups raspberries or blackberries
3-4 ice cubes
Put all ingredients into blender. Blend until smoothie consistency is reached!
Very Berry Cherry Smoothie
1 ½ cups fresh strawberries, hulled
1 cup pitted dark sweet cherries or 1 cup frozen unsweetened pitted dark sweet cherries
1 cup fresh raspberries
1 cup pomegranate juice, chilled
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
In a blender combine strawberries, cherries, raspberries, pomegranate juice, and blueberries. Cover and blend until almost smooth.
Chocolate Cherry Berry Smoothie
1-1/2 cups unsweetened frozen pitted cherries
1 cup vanilla milk (commonly used is soy)
1/4 cup cranberry-raspberry juice
1 Tbsp. chocolate hazelnut spread such as Nutella
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
Place frozen cherries in a blender and pour liquid ingredients over. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.
*If the cherries aren't crushing properly, stop the blender, press them down with a spoon. And that should do it.