Lush Cherry + Coconut Smoothie
Most mornings I start my day off with a smoothie after a workout. I was inspired to create my lush cherry + coconut smoothie purely because cherries are in season and are one of my favourite fruits to enjoy on its own as a healthy snack, or combined with coconut water for a purely delicious power packed smoothie. Make sure to buy the fresh cherries and freeze them yourself. You can easily pit them using your fingers, much like you would a fresh date. The inclusion of a little raspberry gives the smoothie a slight tartness which I love and I know you’ll love it too.
What’s great about it:
Cherries are packed with the antioxidants C + E which help support the immune system and fight disease. Cherries also have potent anti-inflammatory compounds so they are perfect to help ease inflammation in sports recovery or arthritis. Cherries are also rich in melatonin which have a calming effect on the nervous system. Young coconut water marries wonderfully with the cherry and acts like an electrolyte that helps hydrate your cells, transport energy and boost circulation.
Berries such as raspberries are loaded with antioxidants + polyphenols to protect agains disease and inflammation and promote optimum health and vitality. Chia seeds are a delicious source of omega 3 EFA’s (essential fatty acids) which are essential for good health. Health benefits of omega 3 are helping to lower cholesterol levels, reduce high blood pressure, improves symptoms of arthritis, improves mental health as the brain is 60% fat and needs omega 3 to function properly. Adding a scoop of protein to this lush smoothie makes the meal complete as it will help keep you fuller for longer and help your body repair and rejuvenate.
1 cup (150 g/ 5 1/4 oz) pitted cherries, frozen
1/4 cup (30 g / 1 oz / handful) frozen raspberries
1 1/2 cups (375 ml / 13 1/4 fl oz) of coconut water or your choice of (almond milk, cashew milk, macadamia milk, walnut milk, pumpkin seed milk, natural yoghurt or kefir)
2 tablespoons (28g / 1 oz) Healthy Chef Pure Native WPI or Organic Pea Protein
1 tablespoon goji berry
1 tablespoon chia seed
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract or paste
Add 1 probiotic capsule for digestive support.
Add LSA or ground flaxseed in place of chia seed.
Add 1 tablespoon cacao powder for a magnesium boost.
To pump up your omega 3 it’s also a delicious idea to use walnut milk in this recipe in place of coconut water.
Combine cherries, raspberries, coconut water, protein, goji berry, chia and vanilla into a high performance blender like a Vitamix.
Blend until smooth and creamy.
Pour into a serving glass or jar and enjoy.
Leftovers can be stored in glass jars in the fridge for an afternoon snack.
Nutritional info per serve:
Protein: 32 g
Total fat: 2.9 g
Saturated: 0.9 g
Carbs: 24.3 g
Fibre: 6.2 g