Tart cherries make a perfect fruit base for smoothies and milkshakes. They can simply be too sour to enjoy fresh. In a smoothie, on the other hand, they give a more distinct cherry flavor. Who could resist this vibrant dark pink goodness?
Another great thing about tart cherries is that they are an antioxidant powerhouse. According to Healthline, tart cherries contain 20 times more vitamin A than sweet cherries and their antioxidant levels can be even five times higher.
In addition to that, research shows that tart cherries are especially effective at reducing muscle soreness after physical activity. So, if you know you are going to have a good workout, preparing yourself a post-workout tart cherry smoothie can make a lot of sense.
If you are having trouble sleeping, adding tart cherries in your diet can help you get better sleep. Research shows that sour cherries are as effective at reducing insomnia as valerian root and melatonin. Apparently, tart cherries are naturally rich in melatonin and contain two other compounds (tryptophan and anthocyanins) which help our bodies create melatonin and lengthen its effects.
Depending on how sour your cherries are and whether you add other sweet fruits/berries in your smoothie, you, most probably, will want to add honey or syrup to achieve a sweeter taste. That being said, tart cherry smoothies such as the one here has a pleasant tangy taste and is full of powerful antioxidants.
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Tart Cherry Smoothie With Yogurt
- 2 cups pitted tart/sour cherries (frozen or fresh)
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt (dairy or plant-based)
- 3 tbsp oatmeal (or other smoothie boosters)
- 1-2 tbsp honey
- 1 pinch ground cinnamon (optional)
- Combine all ingredients in a blender bowl and process until nice and smooth.
How To Prepare Delicious Tart Cherry Smoothies
Here are some additional ideas on how to create a perfect tart cherry smoothie:
- Use frozen cherries if you want to achieve a creamier texture and get a nice and cold drink.
- If you use fresh cherries, don’t add extra liquid or milk. Most probably your smoothie will be rather runny than too thick.
- When you use tart cherries, you might want to add some sweetness to your smoothie. Honey, agave or maple syrup are great to sweeten things up 🙂
- Oatmeal will make your smoothie thicker and, most importantly, more nutritious. If you want to add even more nutrients to your smoothie, think of adding a spoonful of protein powder, cashew nuts or a serving of almond butter.
- Want some extra flavor? Make yourself a gourmet smoothie by adding a few drops of almond or vanilla extract before processing all the ingredients.