Summer in Michigan means cherries. Lots and lots of cherries. Did you know Michigan is the largest producer of tart cherries in 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 were 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.
- 1 c sweet cherries pitted
- 1/3 c fat free milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 6 oz Greek yogurt my favorite is Fage 0%
- 1 tablespoon flax seed no need to use ground - the blender will do that for you
- 1 large handful ice
- Stevia or honey to taste depending on sweetness of cherries
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.
Excellent source of Calcium, good source of Vitamin C.