Cherry Blackberry Green Smoothie

Cherry Blackberry Green Smoothie

Cherry Blackberry Green Smoothie is a refreshing blend of dark cherries, blackberries, red oak leaf lettuce, mint leaves, hemp seeds, and almond milk. Cherries and berries are two fabulous fruits that taste amazing especially when paired with all the other ingredients in this yummy smoothie. Your body will thank you when you drink this alkalinizing smoothie blend because it’s packed with amino acids, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll, phytochemicals, and fiber which will help detox and rejuvenate your body.

 

Green smoothies health benefits are many including providing your body with a boost of energy, key nutrients, hydration, and fiber that is easy for you to digest and use for healing and rejuvenation. To find out more detailed information on the benefits of green smoothies check out my post.

 

Cherries and Blackberries

Cherries and blackberries are two sweet antioxidant-rich superfood fruits that have a wide variety of powerful nutrients that aid detoxification and healing. Cherries and blackberries are in season in the summer here in California but I decided to include them in this recipe using frozen organic cherries and blackberries because their important health benefits are so crucial for a successful detox cleanse.

Juicy Cherries contain beta-carotene, melatonin, iron, vitamin C, vitamin E, folate, potassium, magnesium, anthocyanins, bioflavonoids, and fiber which are all powerful nutrients that fight inflammation and degenerative diseases like cancer, arthritis, and gout. Succulent Blackberries are rich in vitamin C, vitamin K, anthocyanins, ellagic acid, and fiber. Ellagic acid is a antioxidant shown to protect our skin from damage caused by ultraviolet light. The anthocyanins that are in both cherries and blueberries are a potent anti-inflammatory that protects the body from free radical damage.

 

Red Oak Leaf Lettuce

Red oak leaf lettuce is a vibrant colored, water-rich leafy green that contains many nutrients for healing. This mild flavored leafy green is rich in chlorophyll, phytonutrients, omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, folate, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, iron, and potassium all which aid your body’s ability to detox. I love adding this red oak leaf lettuce in many of the vegetable salads that I make every week and it’s wonderful taste never disappoints me.

 

Hemp Seeds

Crunchy hemp seeds are one of the best plant-based sources of protein available with all the essential amino acids that your body needs. Hemp is also a great source of fiber, chlorophyll, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, along with the idea balance of essential fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6 in a 3.75:1 ratio. 3 tablespoons of hemp seeds contain 10 grams of easy to digest plant protein.

 

Mint

Mint adds a wonderful herbal note to this smoothie that makes it so refreshing! Mint is a potent digestive aid that is high in antioxidants and phytochemicals that fight free radical damage and disease.

 

What is your favorite green smoothie blend? Please contribute to the conversation by leaving a comment below.

 

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Cherry Blackberry Green Smoothie

Raw Vegan, Paleo, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free

Makes 2 servings

3 cups homemade almond milk* or spring/filtered water

1 cups frozen organic pitted dark cherries

1 cup frozen blackberries

3 cups organic red oak leaf lettuce

4 fresh mint leaves

3 tablespoons hemp seeds

Stevia-to taste

 

1. Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy.

2. Drink half the smoothie for breakfast and refrigerate the remaining smoothie in a glass mason jar and enjoy for a mid-afternoon snack.

 

 

*Homemade Almond Milk

Soak 1¼ cups of raw almonds with ½ teaspoon of unrefined sea salt in enough purified water to cover the almonds, overnight. Drain almonds in the morning, rinse, and drain again. Place in high speed blender along with 3 cups of spring or filtered water and blend until smooth. Strain through a fine mesh strainer or nut bag and use in the recipe. Pour the remaining almond milk in a glass mason jar and cover with the lid. Store milk for up to 3-5 days.

 

 

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Comments

  1. Both cherries and blackberries aren’t in season where I am but I do have a wonderful supply in the freezer! This is going to be my breakfast tomorrow.
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Sounds good France! Both are not in season here either but I keep them stocked in my freezer too! I hope you enjoy the smoothie. 🙂

  2. Hi Shelley,

    the picture looks so appealing and knowing that the smoothie is filled with all the goodness you are describing makes it even more so.

    10 grams of protein in 3 tablespoon of hemp seed, wow.
    I haven’t seen them for sale here yet, will have a look out for them.

    Thank you so much for sharing this nutritious recipe.
    Love and Light
    Yorinda
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Thanks so much Yorinda! Hemp seeds are fantastic and so rich in nutrients! I hope you can find them in your local stores soon but if not you can make the smoothie without them and add your favorite protein source like nuts or other seeds. Love and Light to you too!

  3. Hi Shelley. This looks yummy, as usual. I love cherries and berries. I have never heard of eating hemp seeds before. I love nuts and seeds, too. I have a trail mix that I make from nuts, seeds and dried fruits that I always keep handy. Thanks for sharing all these healthy foods.

    All the best,
    Leslie
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Thanks Leslie! Cherries and berries are so yummy and they blend together beautifully in this smoothie. Hemp seeds are becoming more mainstream now and they have amazing health benefits and are a great sustainable crop to grow. You can add whatever raw nut or seed you prefer in this recipe if you can’t find hemp seeds in your area. All the best to you. 🙂

  4. Thank you so much that information was very helpful for me i´m really looking forward to taking a daily green smoothie for breakfast. Also, knowing about the protein and amino acids i´ll take makes me think about food in a more conscious way so thank you 🙂

    • Thanks Anna! I’m so happy to hear that you’re going to start drinking green smoothies for breakfast. They will really help you feel fantastic! Make sure you enjoy a variety of fresh leafy greens and fruits every week so you can get a wide variety of nutrients with each smoothie. I like putting the health benefits so you know why it’s so important to eat these healing foods every day.
      Shelley Alexander recently posted..Anti-Inflammatory Frozen Watermelon Pineapple SmoothieMy Profile

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