This Cinnamon Cherry Berry Date Smoothie is the ultimate post-workout recovery drink! No added sugars, paleo and vegan-friendly.
I caught myself while teaching class the other week saying, “If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you!” And then secretly rolled my eyes and said to myself “…Did you really just say that… “
Another annoying cliche… But the thing with cliches is that they are TRUE. Or we wouldn’t be saying them all the time you know? They wouldn’t be applicable to so many different situations you find yourself in. Whether you’re talking about challenging/changing your muscles or your mind, the saying rings true either way.
Did you know it actually took me almost 10 years to get certified to become a personal trainer? Not that I was studying that long, no. But it took me almost 10 years to basically find the courage to just say, “Okay, I am going to do this. I am going to get certified.” Getting a training certification was something I had wanted to do since my sophomore year of college, after I found myself getting more and more inspired by health and fitness.
I almost had a panic attack in college in the computer lab when I second-guessed myself and my major (apparel design) and thought, “What if I should be going into health and fitness…” Long story short I didn’t switch my major but I’ve still always had that passion for health and fitness. Two years ago now I finally put aside the excuses and decided it was time to get certified. But up until that time I let excuse after excuse get in the way, basically because I was afraid of a new challenge.
Can you relate? Have you ever put off something time and time again, because you were afraid to try something new? Afraid to fail? It happens all too often and we really need to start having more confidence in ourselves! And we have to practice putting ourselves in these challenging situations to stretch our minds to learn and grow.
Okay now that we’ve got that out of the way we can chat about today’s recipe!
Cinnamon Cherry Berry Date Smoothie
Ever since I’ve started making energy bars with Medjool dates I’ve become quite obsessed. I find a way to sneak them into pretty much anything I can these days. From salad dressings to healthy desserts, Medjool dates are quite magical.
And now SMOOTHIES.
Did you know Medjool dates contain 50% more potassium by weight than bananas? Don’t get me wrong – you guys know I love bananas. But for those of you that have an intolerance, or you plain just don’t like them, Medjool dates are an excellent source of potassium. They’re a great source of natural energy and give you a little boost without the blood sugar spike – thanks to the fiber that helps to slow down the absorption of the sugars.
Not to mention post-workout recovery. Your body’s potassium levels need to be replenished after your workout and Medjool dates are a great way to get them back to normal. And this Cinnamon Cherry Date Smoothie has been my new favorite post-workout smoothie. Both the cherries and the dates work together to provide muscle-recovery –– Tart red cherries are great for reducing inflammation, while the potassium in dates plays another part in muscle recovery. (source, source)
I love changing up my smoothie combinations so I challenge you to try something new and add some medjool dates to your smoothies if you haven’t tried it yet!
- 3/4 cup frozen tart red cherries (make sure they’re pitted!)
- 1/4 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/4 cup whole frozen strawberries
- 2 Medjool Dates, pitted
- 3/4 cup coconut milk (or liquid of choice, but I suggest something creamy)
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp ground ginger (or 1” peeled fresh cube)
- optional add-ins:
- 1 TBS hemp hearts
- 2 cups greens
- 2 servings favorite protein powder* (I like vanilla or unflavored here)
*Use your favorite protein powder – whey, plant-based, collagen. If not using protein powder, up hemp hearts to 1/4 cup if still wanting protein addition.
Recipe can be easily cut in half for 1 serving.