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Cherry Smoothie Recipe

Start your day off right with this healthy Cherry Smoothie! You can use fresh or frozen cherries to make this quick and easy smoothie.
Course Drink
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Servings 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup raw almonds soaked in water overnight (or 6-12 hours) or 1/4 cup cashews (no need to soak)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 cup frozen cherries
  • 1 frozen banana or 1 cup frozen mango
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1-2 cups spinach
  • 1/2-1 cup ice

Optional Mix-Ins:

  • Chia Seeds/Flax Seeds
  • Hemp Seeds
  • Protein Powder

Instructions

  • The night before: Place the almonds in a bowl and cover with water. If using cashews you can soak them for 30 minutes or simply add them straight to the blender.
  • The next morning: Drain the water, and place the almonds and water in a high-speed blender. Blend on high for 1-2 minutes until the almonds are creamy and you've made a thick almond milk.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and blend on high until fully incorporated. Enjoy!

Notes

Fresh or Frozen Cherries: You can’t beat the convince of frozen pitted cherries! If you have a lot of fresh cherries on hand they will work great too. You can add more ice to the smoothie when using fresh cherries. 
Banana or Mango: Either banana or mango is delicious in this smoothie. You can use fresh or frozen of either one. 
Spinach: 1 loose handful is a good amount. 
Soaked nuts:  Soak 1/4 cup almonds overnight or add 1/4 cup cashews. Cashews are a softer nut and will blend up nice and creamy without the soaking time. 
Orange juice: A little orange juice goes a long way in making this smoothie delicious. You can use all orange juice or half water/half orange juice. 
Ice: Ice is a must for cold and thick smoothies. The amount of ice you’ll need to add depends on if you use fresh or frozen fruit. Start with 1/2 cup and add more to reach the thickness you like. 
Thin the smoothie with up to 1/2 cup juice/water to the consistency you like.

Nutrition

Calories: 244.06kcal | Carbohydrates: 38.61g | Protein: 6.25g | Fat: 9.42g | Saturated Fat: 0.79g | Sodium: 18.24mg | Potassium: 760.12mg | Fiber: 5.68g | Sugar: 24.63g | Vitamin A: 1674.47IU | Vitamin C: 60.68mg | Calcium: 81.24mg | Iron: 1.66mg