My usual rule for smoothie making is to remember your paint color mixing from preschool and avoid making brown drinks when possible. Go for pretty bright green, red or purple ones. Often, it’s hard enough to get your spouse, kids, friends to try your latest concoction…And, if it’s brown, game over.
But this morning, I forced myself into a brown smoothie. I usually pair pineapple or peaches with kale. Or, I’ll combine blueberries with my greens for a purple smoothie. Today, only organic sweet cherries (frozen) were staring back at me. Cherries are actually really good for us. Here are some of the benefits of cherries:
- Anti-inflammatory properties
- Improves your natural sleep cycles
- High in beta carotene
- Heart healthy
- Antioxidant properties
So cherries it is and I will say it tastes so good. If the brown color gets in your way, just close your eyes and enjoy!
Cherry Kale Smoothie
1 1/2 c. coconut water or filtered water
1 handful of kale, stems removed
1 small handful of parsley
1 c. of frozen organic sweet cherries (or other berry)
Option: if you’re using fresh fruit, add 1 c. of ice
1 scoop of favorite non-gmo protein powder
Blend in your Vitamix or other high speed blender and enjoy!