Hello dear smoothie lovers! 🙋🏻
I LOVE cherries 🍒. Especially sour ones. I think I could probably eat nothing but cherries for days and not get tired of their taste 😄 But even if I love the taste of fresh cherries as they are, I sometimes just want to blend them with other fruits or berries for a deliciously cold smoothie.
This Apple Cherry Smoothie is easy and quick to make and the taste is heavenly. I would recommend this for breakfast or a healthy snack when you just need a quick boost of energy. In terms of nutrition, this smoothie is rich in vitamins A, B2 and B12. It also contains a good amount of calcium and phosphorus.
Apple Cherry Smoothie
- 1/2 cup sour/tart cherries
- 1 apple
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt (or natural soy yogurt)
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- Wash, peel and core the apple. Cut it into smaller chunks.
- Wash and pit the cherries.
- Pour the yogurt into the blender jar and add the cherries, apple chunks, a pinch of cinnamon and one table spoon of honey. The honey can be replaced with Jerusalem artichoke or agave suryp. If you want the smoothie to be extra cold, add some ice cubes.
- Blend until smooth.
- Pour the smoothie into smoothie glasses. Decorate with a mint sprig. Serve and enjoy!
Video Recipe for this Apple Cherry Smoothie
Why my Apple Cherry Smoothie is good for you
- Apples contain antioxidants, some of which are important to our cardiovascular system. The antioxidants found in apples seem to lower the risk of asthma as well as lung cancer. Apples also help regulate blood sugar. Apples contain dietary fiber (4 grams in a medium-sized apple) and are a good source of Vitamin C.
- Tart, or sour, cherries are anti-inflammatory. Studies have shown that tart cherries can have a positive effect on people suffering from gout and osteoarthritis. Tart cherries also contain melatonin, which is an antioxidant that reduces damage made by free radicals. Melatonin also helps with falling asleep. Cherries might also help relieve post-workout muscle pain and lower the risk of having a stroke.
How to pit cherries easily without a pitter
Finally, if you are having troubles pitting the cherries, or simply want to find a smarter way of doing it, here’s a tip I found useful. Here it goes: 1. Take an empty wine bottle, 2. place the cherry on top of the bottle 3. use a stick to “stab” the cherry so that the cherry falls down in the bottle. Note that the stick should have a rather wide, rounded rip. I have used the bottom of a chop stick, but you can probably find something else if you don’t happen to have any chop sticks lying around at home 🙂
Here’s a video showing how to pit cherries without getting a nervous breakdown:
Enjoy your apple cherry smoothie and remember to eat healthily! 😘