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Summer is almost here and honestly, I’m pretty excited! It gets hot where I live, but the mornings and evenings in the summer are unreal! Plus, summer is the season of all things cherry and berry and I’m about it. Another reason I dig the warmer months it I get to break out the blender for smoothies! And you know I’m all about the smoothies. Given my love of cherries, berries, and blended drinks, it was only logical that I create this Cherry Berry Summer Smoothie to kick off the season!
What’s in the Cherry Berry Summer Smoothie?
Well, obviously, there are cherries and berries! Those of you who have seen some of my other smoothie recipes know I’m not usually super into fruit-based smoothies. They taste good, but they can be pretty full of sugar. That being said, I’m also a huge fruit fan. I eat a lot of berries in particular! And, summer is the season of berries, so obviously I had to figure out a new, refreshing way to take advantage of my favorite fruit. As for cherries, I really do love them, but I often forget about them until they are right in front of my face! One day, strolling the aisles at the grocery store, as I often do, I saw frozen dark cherries on sale! So, obviously, I had to buy them. And now that the weather is finally warming up, it’s time to put those babies to use!
Cherries are a great source of magnesium, which is necessary for good digestion, blood sugar management, and a healthy sleep pattern. Seeing as it’s summer, I’m all about relaxing, so good sleep and gut health is key for me. They’re also a potent source of potassium! I included blueberries in this recipe for a low-glycemic antioxidants boost and some additional vitamin C. Strawberries add a little more tartness to this blend while bringing even more vitamin C, fiber, and potassium to the blend. The frozen cauliflower in this drink adds smoothness, while also providing additional fiber, vitamin C, and vitamin K.
Coconut water is used as the liquid in this recipe because of its mellow flavor and health benefits. It contains electrolytes in the form of sodium and potassium. Coconut water is also naturally relatively low in sugar. But make sure you use just plain coconut water! Read your labels before purchasing and look for brands where the only ingredient is “coconut water”.
This smoothie is ideal for supplements as well. For a healthy protein source, I use collagen powder, which also provides hair, skin, nail, and digestive benefits. Reishi is my go-to adaptogen for this recipe as I’m all about the mellow vibes in the summertime. This medicinal mushroom not only helps with mental stress, but will help your body combat the physical stresses of summer. Flaxseed was also added to this blend. It’s a great source of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, which is great for inflammation, something my body always struggles with, especially at the beginning of summer. Coconut butter is a tasty, low-sugar source of healthy fats to round out this Cherry Berry Summer Smoothie recipe.