This thick and creamy cherry vanilla smoothie is made with sweet cherries, vanilla and Greek yogurt.
Summer in Michigan means cherries. Lots and lots of cherries. Did you know Michigan is the largest producer of tart cherries in the US? We are also the 4th largest producer of sweet cherries with Washington, California and Oregon leading the pack. It is well known that the US cherry crop is down this year compared to 2009, but there was still plenty for the picking during a recent trip to Cranes U-Pick Farm in Fennville, MI.
My husband (can I call him Rich from now on?) is from Boston and has been experiencing a lot of “firsts” this Summer. Recently, for example, we were jolted out of bed at 2AM by the sound of tornado warning sirens. Having gone through Michigan school systems growing up, tornado drills and practice runs were common place for me. Rich, on the other hand, thought the world was coming to an abrupt end.
What else differentiates Bostonians from Michiganders? Cherry picking. I have many memories as a kid traveling to local farms to pick blueberries, strawberries and cherries. Apparently Rich was building his first computer in the 80’s while I was out staining my fingers with red and blue.
Confession time: I do not like fruit pies. (Pumpkin or Boston Creme? Sign me up.) But I’ve never been a big fan of cherry pie. I can bake pies – they aren’t that difficult with the help of Pillsbury pre-made pie crusts – but I’d rather spend my time creating healthy cherry recipes. Today’s recipe highlights one of the most perfect flavor combinations: cherry and vanilla. They go together like strawberries and chocolate. This smoothie is the perfect breakfast on-the-go loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and Omega-3’s. Better yet – each serving provides your body with 20 g of protein and 6 g of fiber helping you stay energized and full until the lunch bell rings.
Your straw is waiting.
Cherry Vanilla Smoothie
- Place cherries through flax in blender and puree until smooth.
- Add ice and blend until frothy. (I find adding the ice last makes it easier to blend.)
- Check for sweetness and add Stevia or honey to taste.