Cherry Berry Smoothie Recipe
While walking home with bags full of local, fresh food, feelings of gratitude abound. Trips to the farmer’s market are extra rewarding this time of year. Don’t forget fresh tastes best.
Blueberries and Cherries tickle your taste buds. These are known to benefit your health in the following ways.
Cherries are a rich source of antioxidants and contain compounds such as ellagic acid, queritrin, perillyl alcohol that helps in fighting cancer. Cherries help you get a good nights sleep, something we all need. Their anti-inflammatory properties relieve pain from arthritis and gout and help alleviate migraine headaches.
Another antioxidant powerhouse is Blueberries. That provides anti-cancerous benefits. It is great for your eyes, cardiovascular system, and brain. Both fruits are high in nutrients, a winning combo, but low in sugar.
If I could only consume blueberries and cherries when they are in season. Therefore, I freeze a substantial amount so I can enjoy them year round.
Instructions on 4 ways to pit a cherry
- Protein: 9g
- Calories: 310
- Iron: 8% RDA
- Vitamin A: 10% RDA
- Vitamin C: 25% RDA
- Calcium: 31% RDA
- Fiber: 3g
- Sugar: 27g
- Carbohydrates: 33g
- Fat: 16g
Either add or substitute a local fruit into this recipe for your favorite smoothie worthy local foods.
I used the kefir in this recipe coupled with frozen blueberries provided enough thickness. To achieve your desired consistency, use frozen ice and/or fruit.
Cherry Blueberry Smoothie Recipe
- 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
- 1/2 cup fresh or frozen cherries
- 1 cup kefir (substitute milk or water)
- A dash of sea salt
- 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
- 2 – 4 ice cubes (optional)
- A little honey, maple syrup, or stevia to sweeten (optional)
- 1 tablespoon coconut flakes or shreds
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds or flax seeds
- 1/2 tablespoon cacao powder and/or nibs
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Ingredients should be placed in your high-speed blender and blend for around 30-45 seconds or until it becomes smooth. If your coconut oil is in liquid form and doesn’t have a very powerful blender follow the below option.
You might want to blend everything except the coconut oil first. Then drizzle it on and blend for another 5-10 seconds to avoid clumping.
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