I’m not ready…

untitled (27)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.

A few of my friends follow the blog but aren’t quite ready to throw greens into their smoothies. So for all of you out there who want to ease in, this one’s for you.untitled (26)

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.

untitled (29)Never tried a Goji berry? Goji berries are filled with powerful antioxidants and rich in vitamin A. They are thought to help with diabetes, high blood pressure, and age-related eye problems.

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.untitled (28)

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!


3 thoughts on “I’m not ready…

  1. I use chia seeds in smoothies and sprinkle on yogurt and cereal. Looking forward to trying this smoothie–it sounds delicious. Have you tried it with some greens thrown in? I’m thinking a bit of spinach might do it.

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