Just a quickie today, folks! I’ll be taking the next couple weeks off from blogging while Matt and I go on a much-needed vacation. You can follow me on Instagram if you’d like to see where our adventures take us.
I’ve been waiting until heat and warmth officially arrived in all parts of the continent (sorry, Southern hemisphere friends!) to share with you my favorite smoothie from my first book, Practically Raw.
Ever had one of those delicious, terrible-for-you Cherry Mash candies? This is like one of those, but made with real food, and served in a frosty glass. Cherries contain anthocyanins that have been found to reduce inflammation and other risk factors for heart disease.
(Pictured here between my Peaches ‘n Creamsicle Smoothie and Basic Green Smoothie. Both recipes can also be found in Practically Raw.)
From Practically Raw: Flexible Raw Recipes Anyone Can Make by Amber Shea Crawley. ©2012 Amber Shea Crawley. Used with permission.
Per cup: 192 calories, 8.9g fat (7g sat), 28.6g carbs, 5g fiber, 3g protein
- 1 frozen ripe banana, broken into chunks
- 1¼ cups almond milk
- 1 cup pitted fresh or frozen cherries
- 2 tablespoons coconut butter
- 2 pitted dates (optional, but recommended)
- Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until very smooth.
- Add a few ice cubes and blend again if a colder smoothie or thicker texture is desired.
- Serve immediately.
Almond milk: any other nondairy milk
Coconut butter: 1/4 cup chopped fresh young coconut meat
Dates: 1 tablespoon sweetener of choice or stevia to taste
Cheers, friends—to summer, and to your health!