This is a popular smoothie recipe that comes in many different variations. I think you’ll dig the version I created below. As with any smoothie recipe I post, feel free to tweak to meet your needs.
Here are a few reasons why consuming cherries on a regular basis is good for your health. They are an antioxidant powerhouse, and contain important nutrients such as beta carotene (19 times more than blueberries or strawberries) vitamin C, potassium, iron, magnesium, dietary fiber and folate. These vitamins and minerals offer much in the way of healing and prevention.
Inflammation is at the root of many diseases. Cherries provide tremendous natural anti-inflammation properties that can be especially helpful for alleviating pain from illnesses like arthritis and gout. Athletes who consume cherry juice before and after physical exertion often experience a reduction in pain and recovery time.
Cherries are also great for heart health. A study from the University of Michigan found a diet high in cherries lowered total weight, body fat (especially the important “belly” fat), inflammation and cholesterol, all of which are risk factors associated with heart disease.
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If you use frozen fruit you probably won’t need to include ice cubes. Enjoy!
Cherry Berry Smoothie Recipe
- 1 cup water
- 3/4 cup frozen pitted dark sweet cherries
- 1/2 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
- 1/2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 3-6 ice cubes (optional)
- 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
- 1/4 cup coconut shreds or flakes
- 1 teaspoon camu camu berry powder
Toss the ingredients into your high-speed blender and blend on high until desired consistency is reached.
- Calories: 285
- Fat: 15g
- Protein: 2g
- Carbohydrates: 38g
- Fiber: 7g
- Sugar: 27g
- Vitamin A: 6% RDA
- Vitamin C: 107% RDA
- Calcium: 5% RDA
- Iron: 6% RDA
As always, comments are welcomed and encouraged. Happy Blending!