I love drinking beverages that taste delicious and help energize and support the body at the same time! Today’s yummy smoothie recipe fits the bill perfectly and it’s super nourishing, sweet and really creamy. I recently posted a recipe for cinnamon coconut water kefir, a fermented beverage that provides beneficial bacteria aka probiotics that helps support your digestive system and strengthen your immunity. This amazing coconut water kefir has really made a huge difference in my health and I highly recommend you make the recipe and see for yourself how great it will make you feel!
I drink a lot of coconut water kefir every week and I enjoy using this kefir in different recipes to keep my taste buds happy! The smoothie I’m sharing with you today is one of my favorite ways to use coconut water kefir. This powerful smoothie has a fantastic mix of superfoods that will help support your gut, boost your energy, and fight inflammation at the same time!
Sweet dark cherries, Medjool dates, and orange is blended with tangy coconut water kefir, creamy avocado, turmeric, and red oak leaf lettuce to create a delicious smoothie that will have you wondering how something this tasty can be so good for you!
Check out some of the important nutrients in the individual ingredients.
Juicy dark cherries contain anthocyanins, beta-carotene, melatonin, iron, vitamin C, vitamin E, folate, potassium, magnesium, bioflavonoids, and fiber which are all powerful nutrients that fight inflammation, free radical damage, and degenerative diseases like cancer, arthritis, and gout. These nutrients also are very powerful aids for supporting your digestive system.
Red Oak Leaf Lettuce
Red oak leaf lettuce is a vibrant colored, water-rich leafy green that contains many nutrients for nourishing the body. This mild flavored leafy green is great for using in smoothies because it blends well with fruits. This tasty lettuce is a rich source of phytonutrients, chlorophyll, omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, folate, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, iron, and potassium that assist your body with getting rid of toxins and helps provide nutrients to help your digestive system.
Turmeric is one of my top choices for fighting inflammation and keeping your gut healthy! This potent rhizome is a member of the ginger family and it’s renowned for its ability to fight inflammation due to the presence of curcumin. Curcumin’s absorption increases dramatically with the addition of piperine that is found in fresh ground black pepper. Turmeric is also a powerful antioxidant and liver detoxifier.
I hope you make this smoothie soon so you can experience all the health benefits it provides.
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Gut Healing Cherry Coconut Water Kefir Smoothie
Vegan, Paleo, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
Makes 2 servings
2 cups frozen pitted dark cherries
1 peeled orange—seeds removed
4 pitted Medjool dates—soaked in water for 20 minutes
1 small avocado—peeled and pitted
½ teaspoon turmeric (Good source for turmeric)
2 cups organic red oak leaf lettuce leaves—cleaned and patted dry
Tiny pinch fresh ground black pepper
1 cup cinnamon coconut water kefir* (click here for the recipe)
2 cups spring or purified water
1. Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Enjoy!
* If you don’t make my recipe for the cinnamon coconut water kefir you can try it with plain coconut milk kefir or coconut water.
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