Cherry Almond Smoothie

Cherry Almond Smoothie

 

I blinked and it is now the middle of August! Where did time go? We’ve been so busy getting ready for school. I seriously think I spent at least 80% of my waking day driving. Hence the reason for my absence.

The first day of school is Wednesday! I am just as sad and my kids for the start. I just love having them home. Nothing is better than being together. I’m also feeling like I need to grab every minute I can. My son is a junior this year, so he only has a couple of years before college.  Sheesh, where does time go?!

I need some feel good, cheer me up therapy.  Thankfully, I can get cheap therapy in a delicious smoothie! Talk about feel good food.  This Cherry Almond Smoothie is just delicious! It is so perfectly filling, sweet, and refreshing.

 

Cherry Almond Smoothie
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I love when cherries are in season. These guys are packed with antioxidants and phyotnutrients!  That beautiful ruby-red color of Cherries indicates they are full of anthocyanins which, help protect your heart.

High cholesterol runs in my family, so I’m always looking for foods to recommend for my Dad. Luckily, cherries have a cholesterol-lowering compound called beta-sitosterol.

Lately, it seems my vision is changing. I blame my phone and iPad, but regardless of the reason cherries have phytonutrients, lutein and zeaxanthin, which are great for protecting eyesight.

Cherry Nutrition

1 cup, pitted

Calories, 97
Fiber 3 g
Calcium 20 mg
Potassium 342 mg
Vitamin C 11 mg
Vitamin A 99 IU
Vitamin K 3.2 µg

 

Cherry Almond Smoothie

This smoothie is my translation of that Keep Calm and Carry On motto. I’m already feeling cheery :D

Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods

 

 

 

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Cherry Almond Smoothie
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Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 cup pitted cherries
  • 1 small banana
  • ¼ cup 0% plain greek yogurt
  • 6 whole almonds
  • 1 tbsp ground flax meal
  • 1 cup reduced sugar vanilla almond milk
Instructions
  1. Add ingredients into blender and blend to desired consistency.
  2. Enjoy!

 

 

Comments

  1. I love cherries and this smoothie must be delicious as well as good for you! I was also amazed at how quickly the middle of August arrived :)

  2. Love the flavor of this smoothie! Beautiful color, too. Sounds like a perfect breakfast or mid-morning snack!

  3. I’ve always wondered if cherries would be good in a smoothie! I’ll have to give this a try soon. Good luck with the back-to-school transition!

  4. I love the cherry/almond combo, I usually go for that in an ice cream duo, but this is so much healthier. My husband has high cholesterol and he’s only 34 so we’re trying so new foods/diet change because we don’t want him on any drugs! Yikes. These smoothies will be a great beginning for us! And I had no idea cherries were great for eyesight……awesome benefit.

    • Thanks Laura. I agree that using foods is so much better than taking meds. There are so many tasty foods that can really help. Cherries are so great for that, inflammation, sleep, and your eyes. So many reasons to enjoy them, right?!

  5. Cherries and almonds are a fabulous combination, I love that you used them in this smoothie. The cherries make this smoothie look so beautiful too!

  6. I know, right?! Where did summer go??!?!?! I’m so not ready to go back to school yet… but ugh, it’s about that time.

    And this smoothie looks amazing. Love the cherry almond flavor combo!

  7. whiskandshout says:

    Back to school :(((
    But this smoothie! :)

  8. I agree, this summer has really blow by! Except, here in AZ we still have a few months of summer to go :( That must be a big change having your kids back in school, I bet they aren’t too excited about it either! I’ve been seeing so many beautiful cherries at the store and now I know exactly what do with them!

  9. I totally agree Cindy, I can’t believe summer flew by so quickly too! A smoothie sounds like the perfect cure for the back-to-school blues. I love this cherry and almond combo, it looks amazing!

  10. Cindy, I seriously love reading about all of the amazing health benefits of cherries! I’ve heard so much about them lately and I’m convinced I need to eat them all day, every day now. They’re just so decadent!!! Something about them seems special.

    Cherries and almonds are such a classic, perfect combo. This is total food therapy!!!!
    And how is it back to school time already!? I feel the urge to buy a new pencil case all of a sudden :)

  11. August just FLEW by. I’m sad the summer is ending too (although I don’t have kids going back to school – I’ll just miss the warmth) Love the smoothie!

  12. Yum! This looks great! August flew by for us too- cannot believe it’s almost over! This smoothie will be great on busy mornings!

    • I think time passes so much quicker when you are an adult and parent. I love smoothies in the morning ,especially when I need to get out the door quick. Thanks for stopping by Alex. I’m headed over to check out your site.

  13. I’ve been feeling very sentimental about the school year starting too…my kids are growing too fast! Your son is a Junior…wow. Time certainly does fly by, so I need this smoothie to give me some cherry cheer, too! This looks so delicious, and I might just make it today! Pinning. :)

  14. I love cherry smoothies. They are so summery!

  15. My kids started back to school Monday and I find myself looking around the house for them in the middle of the day! I still can’t believe school has started back.
    This smoothie would make a great breakfast before school. Love the cherry/almond combo.

  16. I seriously cannot believe that back-to-school has arrived! These happy smoothies look like the perfect way to savor the last bit of summer.

  17. Hi Cindy! The cherry almond smoothie looks delicious. I often make the green smoothie for our breakfast but for a change I will try this soon. :)

  18. I can’t believe summer is almost over too.
    I love this smoothie cause cherries and almonds are a great combination!!

  19. This is a gorgeous smoothie. . Am always up for a healthy drink.. Love the flavours and the colour of the drink is absolutely gorgeous.. perfect!!

  20. Little girl pink, cream and smooth—-I truly wish I had one in my hand right NOW.

  21. i love making breakfast smoothies.. definitely need to recreate this smoothie recipe. love trying new flavour combinations. thanks cindy!

  22. Cherry + almond is such a great flavor combination. I bet I would love this smoothie, Cindy! Lord knows my eyes can use the nutrient boost…I feel like every time I go to the optometrist my prescription gets stronger!

  23. This would be breakfast, mid-day snack, mid-afternoon snack and dessert for me! lol

  24. I have never used cherry in smoothie…I love the idea…looks delicious Cindy.
    Hope you are having a wonderful week :D

  25. I can’t believe back-to-school is here already! Isn’t summer still just starting?! Love these smoothies as an easy breakfast option!

  26. This is such a gorgeous smoothie, Cindy! I love fresh cherry-anything this time of year. I’ll take a glassful right now, please. :)

  27. I love smoothies and this looks just perfect! I never thought about adding cherries to a smoothie!

  28. Your basically like mom when I’m months away from going to college. So I advised her to have a hobby and try something different. So she started gardening and right now she’s into juicing which is our bonding moment also:-). By the way this smoothie is her favorite to prepare for me.

    Don’t bother about time, just always make a quality time. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks, you are right. Quality time is a must. I am usually good at keeping busy, it’s the thought of not seeing him everyday and a quiet house that will take some major adjusting.
      This is one of my favorite smoothies. All those fresh cherries are fantastic!

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