A chocolate covered cherry smoothie for breakfast? Don’t mind if I do…
Although it’s not something I do all the time, one thing that I like about starting my day with a green smoothie is that I’m front-loading produce. When I work in a serving or two of fruits and vegetables first thing, it means I’m starting the momentum of the day with nutrient-dense foods and healthy habits.
If you want to add more green smoothies to your life but don’t know where to start, Becky Striepe can help. Becky is the blogger extraordinaire behind one of my long-time favorite blogs, Glue and Glitter. She also wrote the cookbook 40 Days of Green Smoothies to help people begin a green smoothie habit.
I wrote about 40 Days of Green Smoothies when it was first released a couple of years ago. (You can see that post and a recipe for a tropical smoothie with mango & banana here.) Since then, Becky has updated the recipes, taken new pictures, and released it in book-form, in addition to an e-book if you prefer to go paperless.
The book is packed with recipes that have ingredients you can easily find at your local grocery store. To make shopping even easier, it includes 6 weeks of grocery lists to get all of the produce you’ll need to get started. Overhyped superfoods can get pricey, but 40 Days of Green Smoothies instead includes ingredients like bananas, frozen berries, cocoa powder, and tahini along with a variety of greens like kale, spinach, collards, and parsley.
If you’re already in a smoothie habit, there’s a good chance you have many of the ingredients in your freezer, refrigerator, and pantry already. The recipes don’t require a fancy blender. In fact, when Becky originally wrote the book, she was using a $25 blender.
Chocolate Cherry Covered Smoothie
Becky has allowed me to share this recipe for a chocolate covered cherry smoothie with you today. This smoothie tastes like dessert, and somehow the half cup of cherries inside of it makes the chocolate aspect pop even more.
This chocolate covered cherry smoothie recipe is listed as serving one, but it’s definitely on the generous side. For my appetite, it’s enough for two to split, or you can plan on leftovers! That said, I doubled the recipe, so that David could have some smoothie too, and he had no problem finishing all of it – my leftovers and his full serving too. So if you have a sweet tooth, your results may vary!
I know this is called 40 Days of Green Smoothies, but I made one small change to the recipe and omitted the parsley in mine. Becky makes it clear in the directions that you can’t taste the parsley in the final smoothie, and I believe her. However, since I don’t care for parsley, I wasn’t sure what I’d do with the remaining bunch. It was totally delicious without it, but I’m sure it would be great with it too. Your choice!