Tart Cherry Smoothie

Tart Cherry Smoothie | Jelly Toast

I’m a day late with my Saturday Smoothie post. It’s a good thing that smoothies taste just as delicious on a Sunday! In fact, this tart cherry smoothie is pretty rock star any day of the week. There is a funny story about this smoothie, as I’ve been making it non stop for over a month. It originated as a green tart cherry smoothie and that tasted fabulous, plus I was getting a little added benefit from the spinach leaves I added. The problem was, it made for one of the ugliest smoothies I had ever made. This thing was completely unappealing to look at. Drinking it out of my BlenderBottle (affiliate link) made it a little easier because it was harder to see the color, but the combination of red tart cherries and green spinach made for an off brown color that there was no coming back from. The biggest problem was the fact that this was possibly one of the very best tasting smoothies I had ever made. The looks didn’t match the taste and I knew if I was to sell this smoothie to my kids, I needed to nix the spinach. The results were the the prettiest shade of blushing pink I’d seen come out of my Blendtec (affiliate link) in a long time.

Tart Cherry Smoothie | Jelly Toast

I figured I would just feed them the pretty pink tart cherry smoothie, which is full of so many vitamins and health benefits from the tart cherries, and just give them a salad on the side. That way the greens are covered, too.

Is it weird that I want my food to look pretty? I’m all for eating things that are a little homely looking, however when it comes to food, I truly believe that you eat with your eyes first. Tell me that you wouldn’t love to dive headfirst into this pink smoothie? It’s gorgeous! And so fabulously delicious, with tart sweetness from the tart cherries, orange, apple and banana. I’ve come to start making this smoothie after doing my daily workouts. It’s a savior after leg day, with the tart cherries helping with my muscle recovery. I’ve actually been able to walk without looking like I just got off of a horse the next day if I drink one of these. It makes me look less wacky in school pick up line, that’s for sure.

But I digress.

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Tart Cherry Smoothie | Jelly Toast

Happy Sunday!

I have partnered with the Tart Cherry Marketing Institute however, I did not receive compensation for this post. I strongly believe in the benefits of tart cherries and am happy to share all recipes that I make that feature tart cherries. I hope you enjoy! 

Tarty Cherry Smoothie Recipe

Yield: 2 large smoothies

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 7 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces filtered water
  • 4 ounces tart cherry juice
  • 1 orange peeled
  • 1 apple, cut in half and core removed
  • 1 banana, frozen or fresh
  • 1 cup frozen tart cherries
  • 1/2 cup ice

Directions

Place all ingredients into a high powered blender and blend until completely smooth. Serve and enjoy!

January 25th, 2015

 

5 Responses to “Tart Cherry Smoothie”

  1. Lindsay — January 25, 2015 @ 11:49 am (#)

    Tart cherries are THE BEST. Seriously wish they were easier to get here in the South!

    • Emily — January 26, 2015 @ 11:45 am (#)

      Aren’t they?! I like that you can pretty much find the dried anywhere, and usually stock up when I come across the frozen. They’re so good!

  2. Liren — January 25, 2015 @ 8:13 pm (#)

    Everyday is smoothie day at our house, so I’m loving your Saturday Smoothies! I’ve never tried tart cherries in a smoothie, so now I must! What a great idea!

    • Emily — January 26, 2015 @ 11:44 am (#)

      Thanks, Liren! I totally agree – we are a smoothie household, too. I love using the frozen tart cherries in smoothies because it cuts down on the amount of ice, plus you get the health benefits and awesome tart sweetness. And the color can’t be beat!

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