Cherries have some amazing health properties and taste great in smoothies. Since they are not available year-round, I often buy them frozen and use in different variations of this cherry smoothie recipe.
By many, they are considered a “super-fruit”, packed with antioxidants called anthocyanins which aid in the reduction of heart disease and cancer. They are rich in vitamins C, E, potassium, magnesium, iron, folate and fiber, and an excellent source of beta carotene (vitamin A). In fact they contain 19 times more beta carotene than blueberries and strawberries.
You may not know that (I didn’t), but cherries are one of the few food sources that contain melatonin, an antioxidant that helps regulate heart rhythms and the body’s sleep cycles. They are also often referred to as “brain food”, aiding in brain health and in the prevention of memory loss.
Because of their powerful anti-inflammatory benefits, cherries are said to reduce pain and joint soreness for runners and athletes after workouts.
Both pomegranates and cherries contain powerful cancer fighting antioxidants. Anthocyanins are the antioxidant that give them their red color. It is this antioxidant that studies have shown to have anti-inflammatory properties and may help with symptoms of arthritis.
I didn’t add any greens to the smoothie initially, because I just came back from a trip and didn’t have any fresh greens on hand. After I tried it (and took the picture), I added 2 cups kale to make it into a green smoothie. The cherry and pomegranate flavors blended with banana were sufficient enough to mask the greens, but you may have it without the greens, for a change, too.
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