This Cherry Cashew Butter Smoothie is a creamy combination of tart and sweet. Healthy fats, protein from greek yogurt, and a boost of antioxidants from tart red cherries.
I’m back after a week long at home watching HP with my younger bro (and forcing anyone one else coming/going to watch) and cuddling with the puppies. We’re kicking off the last Tuesday of 2015 (?) with this scrumptious Cherry Cashew Butter Smoothie. And my body can certainly use the extra boost of antioxidants this week. Let’s be real for a moment : I ate a ton of cookies last week, and didn’t really keep up my normal healthy-eating routine otherwise. And I’m not mad about it. <“Old Ashley” gasps> Yeah… I’m okay with it. Last year I probably would have tried to avoid overeating sweets, but fail miserably and the tiny bit of guilt would kick in. And I would probably then swear off all the sweets for at least a week and try to eat less. This year? I ate the sweets, and allowed myself to not worry about it afterwards. I think I’m finally to the point where I’m done with the guilt trips. Feeding my body nutritious meals is what makes me happy and keeps me feeling good. But cookies make me freaking happy too, damnit. I can be a nutritious food-loving human being and love the not-so-good-for-you decadent sweets, too. I can be all about health and fitness, but also tell you to go eat some damn ice cream if you feel like it. Okay, I’ll stop this little victory rant for now, but there might be more coming in the future. Just to warn you ?
So on to this smoothie!
It’s got some tart cherries in it.
DID YOU KNOW… that cherries are pretty awesome? Here are just SOME of their benefits:
Support healthy sleep (natural source of melatonin)
Reduce inflammation (helping combat muscle soreness)
Antioxidant protection (important for fighting off free radicals which contribute to heart disease, cancer, and other diseases)
And I told you all how I was giving my family cashew butter for Christmas. Well, I did. And SUCCESS. I think they all loved it. But after each batch I would have a bit left over that didn’t quite fit into the jars I was using. So it was a “one for you, one for me” kind of deal. Obviously I’m not complaining.
I think I’m declaring 2016 THE YEAR OF THE CASHEW. You heard it here first, folks.
- ½ small banana, frozen
- ½ cup dark red cherries, frozen
- ⅓ cup greek yogurt (I use plain 2%)
- 1 TBS cashew butter
- ½ cup unsweetened cashew milk (or milk of choice)
- *optional add-ins:
- 1 cup fresh spinach
- favorite protein powder
- ¼ cup oats
- In a small blender, or NutirBullet, add all ingredients and blend until smooth.
*Feel free to use vanilla yogurt if you prefer a sweeter shake, just note that carb and sugar count will change.
*Adjust liquid according to desired consistency. I always start with less, then add more depending on how thick or thin I'd like my smoothie.
SO… How is everyone doing after the holidays?!
Are you giving yourself a break from the self-imposed crap this year?
Have you learned that it is OKAY to indulge, and not feel bad about it? It’s taken me a while, but I think I’m there ?
Have a great Tuesday, friends!
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