I began to notice that I post a whole lot about biscuits and butter, comfort foods, sweets and treats but not a whole lot of the healthy stuff. Especially after that bathing suit post last week.
So I thought I’d share a bit of my morning routine with you since we actually do eat a lot of greens over here. Besides, you can’t be a “member” of the clean plate club in our family without finishing everything, including the veggies. But this Chocolate Cherry Smoothie is one they all beg for in the mornings.
I haven’t met a cherry I didn’t love so this go-to smoothie recipe was a no-brainer for me. I’ve tried a few protein powders but settled on this one that has a great rich flavor and came in ranking the best in a few comparison side-by-sides I found.
I like to keep all the fruits chopped and in the freezer to add to the smooth, frosty consistency of the smoothie, It’s a great way to get a bunch of greens and the benefits of the protein powder plus chia, allowing the flavor of the cherries and pineapple to overpower the others.
CHOCOLATE CHERRY PROTEIN SMOOTHIE
- 1 1/4 cup water
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 1 cup ice
- 2 scoops chocolate protein powder
- 2 handfuls fresh spinach
- 1/3 cup cubed pineapple
- 1/2 cup sweet cherries
- 1 cup almond milk
In a small cup, use 1/4 cup of water to soak chia seeds for 5-10 minutes before preparing your smoothie. In hi-speed blender, combine all ingredients, including soaked chia seeds. Mix on medium to medium/high speed until fully blended. Add small amounts of ice or water to get your smoothie to your preferred consistency.
It’s our go-to every morning, my husband and the kids love it, and it’s a great way to start the day on a healthy foot. Even when we are cooking fried chicken or churning ice cream for the next photo shoot!
Love to know your favorite smoothie recipes so I can mix it up from time to time! #HEIRLOOMED
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