Today I’m sharing one of my all-time favorite beverages that also works as a breakfast or snack. It’s the very cherry smoothie. It can be made with or without collard greens for an extra boost of nutrients. Vegan & gluten-free.
I am a savory breakfast person through and through.
However, there are some days in the summer months when it’s hot and muggy that a fruit smoothie is the perfect way to start the day.
It’s filling without being heavy, easy to take on the road, or sip while I check my email and read new blog posts.
Very cherry smoothie
The smoothie I’ve been obsessed with lately is this Very Cherry Smoothie. It packs a wallop of cherry flavor from ½ cup of dark cherries and a dash of almond extract.
Almond extract is one of my favorite secret ingredients for increasing the yum in a smoothie. That extra roundness of cherry flavor makes it that much more delicious.
This Very Cherry Smoothie includes frozen chunks of banana, which whip into an ice cream-like texture, and chia seeds.
Chia is known for its omega 3 properties, along with being a source of fiber, protein, and calcium. It also gives the smoothie a thicker viscosity.
I usually add something green to my smoothies. And nutrient-dense dark leafy greens like kale and collard greens are my favorite.
If those are too bitter for you, spinach is a good choice as well. Or if you prefer your smoothie on the sweet side, simply leave out the optional collard greens.
This very cherry smoothie is teeming with flavor and is sure to quench your thirst on a hot August day.
You can save the jalapeños and salsa for lunch.
Very Cherry Smoothie
- Add the chia seeds, vanilla soy milk, collard leaves (if using), cherries, banana, and almond extract to a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth. For an icier, thicker smoothie, add ice cubes to blender and blend until thoroughly combined. Pour into glass and serve.