My energizing cherry cashew chia smoothie is so delicious! Sweet and lush dark cherries are combined with creamy cashews, chia seeds, and tender baby spinach for a nutrient-dense drink rich in antioxidants, phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and fiber. I can’t get enough of this smoothie’s creamy goodness! I drink smoothies every single day for either breakfast or a snack and they make me feel energized, strong, focused, and ready to take on the world!
The chef in me loves creating different delectable smoothie combinations that tantalize and satisfy my taste buds. I use a variety of different ingredients including fruits, leafy greens, vegetables, avocados, nuts, seeds, herbs, spices, rolled oats, cooked quinoa, green and herbal teas, water kefir, kombucha tea, and juices. I also love adding in potent exotic superfoods like raw cacao, chia, hemp, acai berries, maqui berries, camu berries, goji berries, chlorella, spirulina, and maca root to make my smoothies even more nutrient-rich and nourishing. Smoothies are such a great way to enjoy lots of fantastic plant foods in one flavor-packed colorful drink.
I love green smoothies the best over all my other blends! Green smoothies can help you easily eat large amounts of leafy greens, vegetables, and fruits without having to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. If you’re looking for a simple way to eat more fruits and vegetables, green smoothies are the way to go. They are easy to make, nutrient-dense and travel well if you need to take them with you. To find out more about the power of green smoothies, you can check out my two posts on supercharging your energy with green smoothies and 5 easy tips for making the best green smoothies.
When making your smoothies always make sure you start with high quality fresh whole foods. I prefer organic and local whole foods as my first choice for using in my recipes. Rotate your greens and superfoods daily for a wide range of nutrients.
I have many recipes on my site for superfoods smoothies so you can try some of them and see which ones you like the best. If you need more help with making superfoods smoothies I have a fabulous resource for you to try. I just purchased a wonderful smoothie book on Amazon by Julie Morris who loves to use superfoods in creative ways and I can’t wait to start making her recipes! Julie’s book is less than 10 dollars and has 100 nutrient-rich recipes. If you would like to find out more about her book click on this link to check it out.
Another good resource for healthy and delicious beverages and more is my cookbook. I have over 11 different tasty recipes for superfoods smoothies, 10 recipes for homemade nut and seed milks, and 11 recipes for elixirs, tonics, and fermented beverages in my cookbook Deliciously Holistic. If you like the whole foods recipes and holistic lifestyle tips I give on my blog, you have to get the book. My holistic cookbook takes all the guesswork out of getting healthy with 154 delicious, healing foods recipes and over 50 pages of useful holistic lifestyle tips to help increase your energy and immunity.
I hope my smoothie recipe helps you feel energized, rejuvenated, and completely nourished. Have you ever made green or fruit smoothies? What are your favorite ones? Please contribute to the conversation by leaving a comment.
To try a few of my other favorite green smoothie blends check out these two recipes:
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Energizing Cherry Cashew Chia Smoothie
Vegan, Paleo, Sugar-Free, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
Makes 2 servings
1 ½ cups frozen pitted dark cherries
1 orange-peeled and cut in half
2 cups organic baby spinach
2 tablespoons chia seeds
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
3 cups vanilla cashew milk (recipe follows)
1. Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Enjoy!
Note: You can substitute 3 cups of purified or spring water and 2 tablespoons of cashew butter if you don’t want to make the vanilla cashew milk. If doing this add the dates and vanilla extract to the smoothie with the other ingredients.
Vanilla Cashew Milk
Vegan, Paleo, Sugar-Free, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
Makes around 4 cups
1 cup raw cashews (soaked for 2 hours if possible)
3 cups purified or spring water
3 pitted Medjool dates
⅛ teaspoon Himalayan pink salt or unrefined sea salt
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1. Place all ingredients for cashew milk in a high speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Strain with a nut bag or fine mesh strainer for a smoother texture. Milk lasts for 3-5 days covered in the refrigerator.