Chocolate Cherry Smoothie

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Chocolate Cherry Smoothie

Try this chocolate cherry smoothie recipe and you’ll love it for life, I promise!

I’m so glad I’m not the only one who thinks mayonnaise in guacamole is disgusting! Who’s idea was that, anyway?!

The weather has been so nice here recently that I’ve been making progress on one of my May goals- eat outside more!

Monday nights are the only weeknights that I don’t work, so I took advantage of that and had dinner outside last night. It was so nice!

I had a salad of kabocha squash, black beans, veggie meat and edamame hummus (<—so good!) I had some grapes on the side and a big glass of water. Making progress on another one of my goals- water consumption!

It was so nice to eat outside. A cool breeze, no computer to distract me, and a bird for company!

I dream of the day where I live in a house with a porch. I don’t think porches exist in California We do have pretty flowers though!

There was a bunny living in our backyard last year- from the looks of this flower, it looks like he’s back and hungry!

Maybe the gnome ate the flowers?

My sister joined me, too. She even let me take a picture of her plate!

Since I work tonight and won’t be home until it’s dark, I brought my lunch outside.

I had the best smoothie I’ve made and some chocolate tofu mousse with Love Grown granola on top!

I can’t show you that picture without giving you a recipe, right? It’s really easy but pretty phenomenal. Cherries and chocolate were made to go together!

Why put chocolate and cherries in your smoothie? Well, because these are one of the healthiest and delighting foods out there, so why not ;-). Lets first look at the benefits chocolate and cherries have.

Chocolate (cocoa) benefits

We know that chocolate is great for fighting stress, but what are the other effects of chocolate on our health?

Whatever the season, chocolate is one of the greatest temptations, especially since it is one of the gifts of nature that can be given away or enjoyed by yourself on any occasion. Black, white, with milk, hazelnuts or almonds, it is difficult to resist it. Too often it’s blamed for all kind of health issues, but chocolate, provided it is consumed in moderation, has great nutritional benefits.

Rule # 1: prefer dark chocolate

Tastes and colors … Still, we’d better prefer dark chocolate. Because if, in any case, the consumption of chocolate is not bad for your health, the best option remains chocolate that contains as little fat and sugars as possible. If milk chocolate contains a lot of milk and sugars, white chocolate does not do so much better because it consists of little or no cocoa powder.

Rule # 2: don’t go overboard with it

Chocolate is beneficial to health only when it is consumed regularly and, most importantly, reasonably. However, on some occasions, one can allow oneself or his children small enjoyments, right.

The recognized virtues of regular and moderate consumption of dark chocolate:

The benefits of raw chocolate for health are many, and have been the subject of very serious scientific studies. For example, its beneficial action for improving mood would come from “euphoric” compounds in cocoa, which would also have a strong  “anti-depressant” action.

Nor should we neglect the combined effects of sugar and magnesium contained in chocolate, which can give energy, especially at the end of the day.

Some of the more amazing effects of chocolate have also been recognized by the scientific community. Chocolate, thanks to its antioxidants, would stimulate the brain and protect from brain aging too.

Benefits of the cherries

  • Anthocyanins found in sour cherry demonstrate antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities in vitro. They are the main phenolic compounds of this fruit. Like many of these compounds, present in plants, they have the ability to neutralize free radicals in the body and thus prevent the occurrence of several diseases : cancers, cardiovascular diseases and various chronic diseases. It is mainly from them that the pain relief and muscle recovery effects of the cherry would come.
  • Researchers found that in the presence of inflammation, their administration to rats decreased their sensitivity to pain, in addition to reducing edema. In addition, anthocyanins would protect nerve cells from damage caused by oxidative stress.
  • High amounts of melatonin, a compound known for its antioxidant potential, have been found in two varieties of tart cherries (Montmorency and Balaton). The consumption of plants containing enough melatonin could thus provide protection against free radical damage. Since melatonin is a sleep regulator, it could also help fight insomnia.
  • Sour cherry is a great source of vitamin A.
  • Sweet cherry and sour cherry are sources of vitamin C.
  • Sweet cherry and sour cherry are sources of copper.
  • Sweet cherry is a source of iron for Man.
  • Sweet cherry and sour cherry are sources of manganese.

Chocolate Cherry Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups frozen cherries
  • 2 cups spinach (any more and you can taste it!)
  • 1/2 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • Pinch of xanthan gum
  • As much liquid as you need to get your blender moving (I’ve used water and almond milk with good results)

Directions:

  • Blend and enjoy!

My sister took the picture when I was getting the rest of my lunch ready. Such a dutiful twin

Chocolate Cherry Smoothie
 
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups frozen cherries
  • 2 cups spinach (any more and you can taste it!)
  • ½ scoop chocolate protein powder
  • Pinch of xanthan gum
  • As much liquid as you need to get your blender moving (I’ve used water and almond milk with good results)
Instructions
  1. Blend and enjoy!

Enjoy!

Do you like to eat outside? Does your house have a porch? So jealous if it does!


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