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Cherry Vanilla Protein Smoothie

It’s cherry season and what better way to celebrate this sweet fruit than with this healthy Cherry Vanilla Protein Smoothie?

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When in season, cherries are abundant in the grocery stores and farmers markets. Cherries come in many varieties, ranging from tart to sweet. Bing cherries are easily found in the stores and they’re perfect to use for smoothies because they’re sweet, not bitter or tart. So grab a bag or two or three of cherries when in season, especially if you like smoothies. You can pit them easily with a cherry pitter and freeze them for later use in your smoothies!

Cherry Vanilla Protein Smoothie

Who could resist this delicious blend of cherry and vanilla? Add the cherries, along with some vanilla protein powder to some vanilla flavored almond milk OR coconut milk; blend with a high-powered blender and you’re in for a healthy smoothie to keep you powered up.

Other smoothie recipes you may like:
Black Forest Chocolate Cherry Protein Smoothie
Apple Cinnamon Protein Smoothie
Blueberry Pineapple Protein Smoothie

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Cherry Vanilla Protein Smoothie
 
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Cherry Vanilla Protein Smoothie
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla-flavored almond milk OR coconut milk (from carton, not can)
  • 1 scoop of vanilla or plain protein powder
  • 1 cup frozen cherries, pitted
  • 1 - 2 Tbsp honey (optional; adjust according to taste)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract (optional, adjust according to taste)
  • ice (optional; if you're cherries aren't frozen, you may consider adding a little ice to your smoothie)
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender and mix.

  2. Taste and add honey and /or vanilla extract to taste. Blend.

  3. Pour into your favorite smoothie glass and enjoy.

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Watermelon Slushie Recipe

The easiest Watermelon Slushie recipe you’ll ever find is right here.

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This recipe is easy because it contains just 3 ingredients; and only two if you’re watching your sugar intake. So here’s the deal: watermelon is already sweet, especially if you’ve chosen a really ripe, perfectly yummy and juicy one. But let’s be honest: not all watermelons are created (grown) equally and what’s even more mystifying, is not knowing until you get it home and crack it open if it’s a really “good” one, you know?

I’ve even consulted experts (okay, the internet 😉 ) on how to choose a ripe one. They say things like check for heaviness, as that’s an indicator of ripeness. Also check the end of the melon for a golden yellow blotch, which also indicates its ripeness. And finally, thump the watermelon and listen for a deep, hollow sound. Okay, so clearly I need a stethoscope for my melon selection activities. Still, I feel the selection process is a bit of luck, since all those indicators can be there and you still can end up with a so-so watermelon. However, the good thing is that summertime brings an abundance of watermelons and you can’t go anywhere in the south without bumping into a roadside stand or grocery story practically giving them away.

Watermelon lemonade slushie

So stock up, buy more than one if you can, because you can totally freeze those watermelon cubes for future use! And you should, because you’ll probably be making this watermelon slushie all summer just to cool off. Or, you might want to save half a watermelon and make this yummy melon ball salad.

The 3 ingredients are frozen watermelon cubes, lemonade or limeade – both work equally well, and optionally, sugar or a sugar substitute such as Swerve, If your melon is super sweet already and if your lemonade/limeade is pre-sweetened, you might want to skip the additional sweetener all together.

Watermelon lemonade slushie

And finally, you’ll need a high-powered blender to zoom it all up into a refreshing, summer, slurpy slushie. Enjoy!

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Watermelon Slushie Recipe
 
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Watermelon Slushie Recipe
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 4 cups cubed watermelon, frozen
  • ¾ cup lemonade or limeade
  • sugar or sugar substitute, to taste (optional)
Instructions
  1. Using a high-powered blender, blend together watermelon and lemonade. Taste; add sweetener if desired and blend again. Serve with a straw.

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Black Forest Chocolate Cherry Protein Smoothie

Combine chocolate and cherries for a healthy and delicious Black Forest Protein Smoothie.

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When fresh cherries are in season, I like to buy a bag, pit them, and freeze them for use in my smoothies. Off season, you can usually find frozen cherries in your grocery store, but make sure they’re pitted! You don’t have to use frozen, pitted cherries in your smoothie, but I like to add them frozen because I dislike adding ice to my smoothies. I find that ice dilutes the flavor while the addition of the frozen fruit keeps it frosty cold.

Here’s a super simple cherry pitter that may come in handy during cherry season!

Black Forest Chocolate Cherry Protein Smoothie

I also add a frozen banana to this smoothie; it adds a little sweetness. I also add a bit of honey because the unsweetened cocoa can be sharp to the taste. I use unsweetened almond milk, so the addition of honey helps even out the flavor without being too sweet. Of course, adjust all to suit your taste, especially if you’re using sweetened almond milk or if your protein powder is already sweetened.

This is one smoothie recipe where I don’t blend in stages: I just add all the ingredients to my Vitamix blender and let ‘er rip! I do a taste test and adjust accordingly, such as adding more honey or more cocoa if that’s what my taste buds say to do. Enjoy!

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Black Forest Chocolate Cherry Protein Smoothie
 
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Black Forest Chocolate Cherry Protein Smoothie
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop of your favorite vanilla or plain protein powder
  • 1 cup frozen cherries, pitted
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 - 2 Tbsp honey (adjust according to taste)
  • 1 - 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (adjust according to taste)
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender and mix.

  2. Taste and add more honey or more cocoa to taste. Blend.

  3. Pour into your favorite smoothie glass and garnish lightly with cocoa (optional).

Black Forest Chocolate Cherry Protein Smoothie
Black Forest Chocolate Cherry Protein Smoothie
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Apple Cinnamon Protein Smoothie

Usher in fall with this healthy Apple Cinnamon Protein Smoothie.

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Apple Cinnamon Protein Smoothie

Protein smoothies are my life. Well, at least they’re my breakfast and lunch, or brunch, by the time I get around to finishing coffee and thinking about food.

Apples are abundant in the fall, and with so many varieties from which to choose, I had to break out of my favorite smoothie flavor and surprise my taste buds with my version of an apple pie smoothie.

Apple Cinnamon Protein Smoothie

I’m fairly certain I used the Honey Crisp variety of apples. I consulted this handy guide just to be sure. Really, though, I would experiment with different varieties. It’s always fun to try a new one and compare the difference in taste.

Smoothies, as I always mention, are best blended in stages to allow all the large and frozen chunks to blend nicely. Also, a high-powered blender, such as a Vitamix, will be able to handle frozen and large chunks more elegantly than a blender with less sturdy blades.

Apple Cinnamon Protein Smoothie

Give this apple and cinnamon protein smoothie a try!

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Apple Cinnamon Protein Smoothie
 
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Apple Cinnamon Protein Smoothie
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Serves: 1 serving
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup unsweetend almond milk
  • 1 organic apple, chopped in large chunks
  • 1 whole frozen organic banana
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • ¼ tsp organic ground cinnamon, or to taste*
  • organic ground cloves, to taste*
  • organic ground ginger, to taste*
  • *Ground spices can be adjusted according to your taste preference. My ratio is about 4:1; 4 x as much cinnamon as ginger and cloves. I suggest starting out with a few shakes of each and taste as you go. You can always add more of one according to your preference.
Instructions
  1. Note: This smoothie yields the best consistency if blended in stages.

  2. In a high-powdered blender, add almond milk, protein powder, ground spices and blend until combined.

  3. Add in chopped apple chunks and blend.

  4. Add in frozen banana chunks and blend well.

  5. Pour into glass, garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon and enjoy!

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Apple Cinnamon Protein Smoothie
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