I love cherries! They can be super expensive this time of year, but I just had to buy some cherries for making Valentine’s Day treats this year. Of course this recipe didn’t make it out in time for Valentine’s Day, but this Cherry Almond Smoothie is a perfect anytime post-workout drink or just a fruity treat.
Cherries (especially tart ones) are a great recovery food. In fact, research shows that tart cherries are one of the best foods for fighting inflammation. While this smoothie is made with sweet cherries, you still get antioxidant benefits plus you can add a shot of tart cherry juice to the smoothie if you want even more. This smoothie is full of fruit sugars to help replenish glycogen post-workout, and you can add a scoop of vanilla or chocolate protein powder to kick up the protein as well (you may have to add a bit more almond milk).
Cherry Almond Smoothie
Dairy free, gluten free, vegan
- 1 ½ cups fresh sweet cherries, pitted
- ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
- 2 teaspoons smooth almond butter
- Blend all ingredients together in a small blender or Nutribullet until smooth