Contributed by Victoria Giang of HowDaily.com
When cherries are in season, I can’t seem to get enough of them as a snack. And when they are not in season, frozen and pitted cherries will stand in as a great smoothie. In fact, they are much easier to work when you get them already pitted. This cherry spinach smoothie recipe is one that hits all the marks of flavor, nutrients, and simplicity. There is no dairy or added sugar; just fruits, vegetables, and hemp hearts.
The recipe below has cherries, spinach, bananas, and hemp hearts. Cherries are a good source of dietary fiber that helps with bowel regularity. They are also rich in both vitamin C and melatonin – an antioxidant that helps regulate our central nervous systems and aid in restful sleep.
Spinach is a powerhouse of vitamins and minerals. It contains vitamins A, B, C, E, K and is an excellent source of manganese and iron. Iron is so important for the support of red blood cells to our body. Without it you can become anemic. Spinach is also another great source of dietary fiber.
Bananas are what give this smoothie the sweetness without adding extra honey or sugar. They also provide potassium, one of the electrolytes we need for recovery after exercise.
Hemp hearts are the digestible interiors of hemp seeds. These little gems provide us with essential fatty acids that are all the rage for cardiovascular health. These are especially good to eat if you are on a vegetarian or vegan diet and need a good source of omega 3s.
Cherry, Spinach, Banana, and Hemp Smoothie Recipe
(This recipe can make 2 filling meal smoothies or 3 smaller snack portions.)
- 1-1/2 cups frozen cherries
- 1 large handful baby spinach, rinsed well
- 1 ripe banana
- 1-1/2 tsps hemp hearts
- 2 cups filtered water
Directions: Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth and enjoy.
Note: If you would like a creamier texture, a little more fat, and extra protein, you can replace one cup of the water with kefir (probiotic, lactose free milk), or coconut milk.