13 August 2013

Cherry-Choco Antioxidant Smoothie

There is such an abundance of juicy, ripe produce in the markets at the moment that I can barely keep my head on straight when I shop. August is the month when early and late summer produce all must share the limelight. Everything is at its peak ripeness and you can almost taste the sunshine in each bite; cherries, nectarines, melons, tomatoes, corn, zucchini...the list goes on. I can sense fall around the corner, but I am not ready for these summer jewels to go away. Ifeellike thejust gohere! I am insatiable, and in fact, I still have recipes to share with you that honor sweet corn and tomatoes, honeydew (galia) melon, and nectarines.

But today the attention is on cherries. I grabbed two cartons of cherries recently; one for now and the other to freeze. Some found their way into this smoothie which is a great summer morning antioxidant-rich drink. Here's why you should be enjoying it right now.


Cherries: Packed with antioxidants to protect against heart disease and cancer; anti-inflammatory properties reduce symptoms of arthritis and gout as well as joint soreness for athletes.

Spinach: High dose of phytonutrients that play an anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and antioxidant role; excellent source of Vitamin K, calcium, and magnesium for bone health; good source of iron.

Raw cacao - Consumed in moderation, cacao can be beneficial due to its very rich source of antioxidants and minerals. It also adds a depth and richness that you can't always pinpoint.



Cherry-Choco Antioxidant Smoothie
Serves 1

Notes: If cherries are not in season where you live, frozen cherries work just as well.

1 cup cherries, pitted (use frozen if not in season)
1 Tbsp. almond butter
1/2 avocado
1 small banana
Handful spinach (kale or chard work too)
2-3 tsp. raw cacao powder (unsweetened cocoa powder can work in a pinch)
1/4 - 1/3 cup almond milk
4 ice cubes (leave out if using frozen cherries)

Add everything to a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

Optional Add-Ins
2-3 tsp. Maca powder
1 Tbsp. Hemp seeds
2-3 tsp. bee pollen
Cacao nibs (to top)

Or pour into a bowl and top with granola and/or cacao nibs. Happy days.


6 comments:

  1. Is it possible to pit all your cherries at once, then use a cup at a time for the rest of the week? Or, is it better to only pit what you plan to use immediately?

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    1. Absolutely, pitting all at once is a great time saver, but once they are pitted keep them in the fridge or freezer. And only wash right before eating! I prefer to keep my fruit on the counter because they taste better at room temperature. But cold fruit for a smoothie isn't as much of a problem. ;)

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  2. Love it! Love cherries! Feel exactly how you are feeling about summer produce! So much out there! :)

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    1. So nice to know the summer pickings are great where you are too, Karla! Enjoy the rest of summer!

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  3. wow, our recipes *are* quite similar! I guess cherries just invite all things chocolate. But that we both added green stuff too - that's so coincidental :D I like your avocado addition

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    1. Thank you Kellie! I agree, cherries and chocolate go so well together.

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