Tuesday, June 23, 2015

How to make my Dairy Free Tart Cherry Smoothie.




I have a love of real food and a love of convenience, so to satisfy both of these things I tend to make a lot of smoothies during the work week.  Some people argue that smoothies are full of junk and empty calories.  That can be a true statement so each of us has to take this opportunity to keep it real and free from things like refined sugars.  Also, did you know how awesome tart cherries are for you?  They can reduce belly fat, reduce inflammation, increase your quality of sleep and more.  These bright red fruits are powerhouses of goodness and I can definitely attest to the improved sleep quality.  Since incorporating tart cherry juice into my daily routine I go to sleep a lot easier and stay asleep, which was an extreme problem for me. 

Smoothies have been a real blessing for me and my many digestive issues over the years.  I love fresh fruit and veggies but my gut does not.  I do much better with cooked veggies so when I shared this information with my Dr. she suggested that I start making some smoothies and using the NutriBullet because the NurtiBullet breaks down the cell walls of everything added to it and makes the food more available for proper digestion.  I went straight to the store and bought one and that's been over a year ago.  We love this machine and more importantly so does my gut.

1/3 cup of ice
1/2 cup of frozen Tart Cherries - unsweetened
1/3 cup of frozen Red Raspberries - unsweetened
1/2 of a green tipped Banana - green tipped banana's have a reduced sugar content
1/4 of an avocado
1 T hemp seeds (hearts)
1 cup of unsweetened vanilla Almond Milk (add in 1/2 cup increments) Or milk of choice
1 T Vital Proteins Beef Gelatin

Combine all of the ingredients above to your NutriBullet blend cup in the order listed above.  I've learned the hard way if you add your gelatin before the milk it likes to stick to the side instead of getting blended into the mix.  Add 1/2 cup of the milk first, if you like your smoothies supper thick you won't need the whole cup of milk.  Place the 4 blade blender lid onto the cup, invert the cup, place it on the motor base, press down and blend.  

Blend for about 20-30 seconds, if the blender sounds like it is straining remove sooner.  Check the consistency of your smoothie.  If it's really thick and it should be because we only added a half a cup of milk, now is the time to add more milk.  If you like your smoothies supper thick you don't have to add anymore milk unless you need a little more liquid just to make it blend easier.  Blend again for another 20 - 30 seconds or until you reach your desired consistency.
Supper thick smoothie with only 1/2 cup of milk

Now I like my smoothie blended till there are absolutely no chucks or lumps of anything to be found.  If you don't mind chucks of fruit or seeds in your smoothie blend for less time.  

This smoothie can be made in a blender, a BlendTec or a Vitamix.  I love the NutriBullet because all the ingredients fit into the same cup that I drink it from.  Less mess is always a win in my home. 


This smoothie will be a little tart, if you need more sweetness add a little honey to the mixture.  I prefer things more tart than sweet so this beauty suits me to a "T".  

Enjoy!

SheShe

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