If you’ve been hesitant to try a green smoothie, this shake is for you.
Featuring sweet and tart cherries and creamy avocado, this smoothie is loaded with nutrition, but tastes like a chocolate-covered cherry milkshake.
Cherries are a natural and powerful anti-inflammatory, which may lower the overall risk factors for heart disease, including inflammation, body fat and cholesterol. These anti-inflammatory qualities may also be beneficial for those with arthritis, and thanks to a hefty boost of antioxidants, cherries may also help regulate sleep cycles and fight free-radicals, reducing the risk for cancer. The fact that they taste amazing is just icing on the cake.
The tart cherries and rich cocoa powder completely hide the “green” flavor and color in this shake, so no one will ever realize that it’s bursting spinach, along with a dose of healthy fat from the avocado. Many nutrients are assimilated better when consumed with a small amount of fat, so you’ll be maximizing your nutrition with every sip!
I dare you not to enjoy it.
Cherry Chocolate Shake
Inspired by Kristen’s Cherry Chocolate Bomb
Combine all of the ingredients in a high-powered blender, and blend until completely smooth and creamy. Serve immediately!
Note: If you don’t have a powerful blender, I’d recommend blending together the water and spinach first, until the greens are completely liquified. Then, add in the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth.
- 1 cup water or almond milk
- 2 large handfuls of fresh spinach
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup frozen cherries
- ¼ ripe avocado
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
- 3-4 ice cubes (optional)
- Combine all of the ingredients in a high-powered blender, and blend until completely smooth and creamy. Serve immediately!
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