Hope everyone has been enjoying the fresh cherries in season right now. If not, get them quick, they’ll be out of season soon. Since I’ve eaten all my fresh cherries, I’m using tart cherry juice in today’s recipe.
Dip Your Toe in Smoothie
1/2 c. tart cherry juice
1/2 c. greek yogurt (I like Fage 2%)
1 c. pineapple fresh or in its own juice
1 tbsp. chia seeds (optional)
1 tbsp. goji berries (optional)
handful of ice
Blend well and enjoy!
P.S. next time you make it, throw in a few slices of cucumber or a sprig or parsley or a couple pieces of lettuce.
How about Chia Seeds? Chia seeds are called a “superfood”. The ancient Mayans and Azetcs included them as a staple in their diet and relied on them to boost energy and increase stamina. Today this seed, not the chia pet!, is a favorite of distance runners who swear it enhances endurance.
Chia seeds are full of fiber – 5 grams per tablespoon. You can eat the seeds raw (though you’ll need to rinse or brush your teeth or risk having them stuck in your teeth. Not an attractive look.) They help keep you full since they swell when combined with water or in your tummy. The seeds can be used in oatmeal, to replace eggs in baked goods. One tbsp. replaces one large egg. Sprinkle them on salads, in soups, etc. You can make a gel like pudding as well.
Until next time, cheers!