Here's an easy, delicious smoothie recipe to get your day started. My Cherry Almond Smoothie is packed with flavor and nutrients. The base of this smoothie is made with almond milk, which gives it a nice nutty flavor.
Almond milk has become particularly popular in recent years because it has a lot of great nutritional properties. You can buy it at the store or make your own at home by soaking almonds in water overnight and then pureeing them.
Almond milk is low in calories and sugar and contains many vitamins and minerals, such as vitamins A, D, E and calcium. It has no saturated fat or cholesterol but is packed with heart healthy monounsaturated fats instead.
Unlike cow's milk, almond milk does not contain any lactose, so it's a good option for those who are lactose intolerant or have milk allergies. It's also a good choice for vegans.
I blend the almond milk with almond butter for an extra hit of protein as well as chia seeds for a boost of healthy omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and antioxidants. To learn more, read my post on the nutritional benefits of chia seeds.
And finally, what gives this smoothie it's lovely color and fruity flavor- cherries. Cherries and almonds are a natural pairing. Not only are cherries delicious, they're also packed with several vitamins and minerals as well as powerful antioxidants that help fight free radicals in the body.
Don't worry if cherries are not in season. You can find them in the frozen aisle of your grocery store and the best part is that they're already pitted!
Check out my quick guide to making healthy smoothies at home.
Cherry Almond Smoothie
- 6.5 ounces (about 1 ¼ cups) frozen or fresh pitted cherries
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup ice cubes
- Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into two glasses and serve immediately. Because of the gelling action of the chia, the smoothie will thicken as it stands.