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Very Cherry Banana Smoothie Recipe

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VERY CHERRY BANANA SMOOTHIE RECIPE
Whether you are coming down from a long run or an intense yoga session, this very cherry banana anti-inflammatory smoothie recipe will replenish your body with the nutrients it needs. Cherries contain strong antioxidants called anthocyanins (try saying that 5 times fast). Studies suggest cherries have anti-inflammatory properties and may help reduce muscle inflammation after exercise. With its smooth and creamy texture, this tasty smoothie will be gone within minutes after blending it in your Blendtec or Vitamix blender (or course, you can also make this healthy smoothie recipe in a “regular” blender, just add a little liquid)! Although the almond extract is optional, I highly recommend including it in this nutritious smoothie. The almond notes bring out the brilliant flavor of the cherries!

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Very Cherry Banana Smoothie

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Course: Smoothie
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
1
Calories: 306.5kcal
Author: Ryan Baggett from irunonnutrition.com

Ingredients

  • 6 oz black cherry Greek yogurt
  • 1 large banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen tart* cherries
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract optional

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients in your blender jar in the order listed.
  • For Blendtec: Use the SMOOTHIE setting
  • For Vitamix: Start of Variable Speed #1, slowly increase to Speed
  • #10, then blend on high until smooth.
  • Pour and enjoy immediately!
  • All done! Enjoy!! Now take a photo, rate it, and share your accomplishments to enter our weekly photo contest! 🙂 Tag @BlenderBabes & #BlenderBabes

Notes

*Regular cherries can be substituted

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 306.5kcal | Carbohydrates: 64.1g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 0.5g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Sodium: 71.8mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 46.7g
BLENDER BABE RECIPE NOTES 
Look for tart cherry frozen packets at your local health food store, however if tart cherries are difficult to find – regular cherries worked just as well! This is more work if using fresh cherries and you don’t have a cherry pitter. For a vegan version, try subbing yogurt with a soy or coconut yogurt – or you can use a milk substitute instead. 
HEALTH BENEFITS & FUN FACTS ABOUT CHERRIES
Did you know cherries and almonds are related?! They belong to the Rosaceae family aka: the Rose family. Other members of this family include apricots, plums, and even the beautiful Rose. This is why almonds and cherries make an amazing flavor duo! Just add 1/4 tablespoon of almond extract to any of your favorite cherry recipes to bring out a more mouthwatering cherry flavor!
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Ryan Baggett
Ryan is a Registered Dietitian (RD) living in Oklahoma City. She has a passion for helping others live a healthier and more delicious life. She believes that nutrition doesn’t have to be tasteless or boring! Her personal diet philosophy is to eat as many unprocessed whole foods as possible: whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, and appropriate portions of meat (just not everyday). She knows when to indulge, too, but chooses wisely, like a true Blender Babe!

2 thoughts on “Very Cherry Banana Smoothie Recipe”

  1. I’d like to try this smoothie and would like to know what I can use instead of the yogurt.

    Blender Babes – your thoughts?

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