Chocolate Covered Cherry Smoothie
When you were a kid, did you have a specific holiday gift that you always got a family member year after year? For me it was a box of chocolate covered cherries for my dad. I loved watching him excitedly remove the wrapping from his favorite chocolates even though I am sure he already knew what was in store. Years have passed but this is still one of my favorite traditions to carry on. Thinking about the Christmas celebrations that are just around the corner, I was inspired to make a smoothie that is a nod to this favorite holiday tradition.
A while back, we posted all about the importance of building “smart” smoothies. Another wards, slurpable meals that provide the right balance of macro and micronutrients to keep you full and satisfied for hours. If you missed that post, you can read more about it here.
I love the convenience of frozen produce because it allows you the opportunity to consume nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables that may not be in season. Plus, unlike their fresh counterparts which may contain seeds or pits, frozen varieties have had that work taken care of for you!
Nutrition Notes: Sweet cherries are rich in flavonoid compounds known as anthocyanin glycosides, potent phytochemicals which give cherries their deep redish-purple hues. Research points to positive associations between intake of anthocyanin glycosides, like those found in sweet cherries, and protection against cardiovascular disease, cancer cell proliferation, and age-related cognitive degeneration.
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
3/4 cup pitted frozen cherries
2 tsp extra dark cocoa powder
1 tbsp cacao nibs
1-2 heaping cups spinach, fresh or frozen
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup almonds
1-2 tbsp cooked sweet potatoes, optional (adds a creamy consistency and natural sweetness)
Add all ingredients into a blender. Blend away until smooth. Add milk as needed to thin down or to reach desired consistency. Garnish with almonds and cacao nibs for added crunch. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts (makes 1 serving)
Calories – 385 Fat – 20g Carbohydrates – 36g Protein – 20g Fiber – 12g