Cherry Pie Smoothie

 

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In my endeavors to increase consumption of leafy greens, I’ve become a big fan of “green” smoothies. They make for a super fast and nutrient dense breakfast or post-workout re-charge, and I’ve found with the right combo of add-ins, they taste great.

My go-to on crazy mornings is what I call—the Cherry Pie. Don’t get your hopes up, this doesn’t taste like Grandma’s baked confection. But it’s creamy, has just the right amount of sweet, and offers the added benefit of Maca Powder, which is a lot like adding a scoop of kick-ass to your smoothie. (Maca is an adaptogen. It can help to restore balance within the entire body system including supporting the adrenals, which balance hormones that effect things like libido and energy levels.)

There may be some nay-sayers out there who will balk at the absence of protein powder in this recipe. I’m not a fan of protein powders in general. However, I do usually scramble a couple of eggs, or if I’m in major rush, I’ll eat a hardboiled egg or two in the car to add protein to this “meal”.

 

Ingredients: Makes 2 Servings

8 oz unsweetened vanilla almond milk (homemade or commercial)

8 oz whole fat coconut milk (canned or boxed—not the refrigerated stuff)

1 cup frozen cherries (make sure the only ingredient is ‘cherries’)

1 small banana (frozen or fresh)

2+ cups fresh loose-leaf baby spinach or other spinach mix (avoid pungent greens like arugula)

1 tsp. vanilla extract (paste or liquid)

1/3 tsp maca powder

1/2 tsp cinnamon

4 ice cubes

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In a high quality blender pour in the almond and coconut milks. Frozen cherries, banana, maca powder, vanilla, and cinnamon follow. Top with greens and place ice cubes in last. Blend on a high or liquify setting for about 1 minute or until fully blended and smooth. Pour into two pint-sized mason jars (if you wish) and enjoy immediately. You can feel great knowing you’ve packed in some veggies and fruit and you didn’t even have to chew.