I love this smoothie recipe! It doesn’t require any sugar and it is super healthy and delicious. You can make ice pops with the left overs and have a snack or dessert for the rest of the week available at home.
Don’t forget to add your superfoods like a tablespoon of chia seeds for added protein and health benefits. You can also make ice pops with this recipe. Ice Pops are also great when a child has a cold. Dairy and sugar free and full of nutrients to fight viruses and infections! It can soothe a sore throat and help with coughing by adding raw honey. It can also help with reflux if you add some Aloe Vera or Ginger. For more ice pops ideas please see Great Snack Idea: Ice Pops
This is also a great afternoon snack or drink. Did you know cherries can make you sleep better? Cherries are one of the few natural foods to contain melatonin, the chemical that helps control our body’s internal clock, says Keri Gans, a registered dietician in New York City and author of The Small Change Diet. Produced naturally by the body in small amounts, melatonin plays a role in inducing sleepiness at night and wakefulness during the day. Montmorency tart cherries are the best source of melatonin. Drinking cherry juice will help you relax and sleep better!
Adding spinach is a great way to incorporate some vegetables in your diet and it won’t change the taste of the smoothie! If you just started making green smoothies I recommend you try spinach. Spinach is also considered one of the world’s healthiest vegetables and comes out at the top of our ranking list for nutrient richness.
We all know that Popeye made himself super strong by eating spinach, but you may be surprised to learn that he may also have been helping to protect himself against inflammatory problems, oxidative stress-related problems, cardiovascular problems, bone problems, and cancers at the same time.
Adding a banana to your smoothies will make them sweet enough that you won’t need to add any sugar or honey. Bananas are a good source of both vitamins and minerals, as well as fiber. Creamy, rich, and sweet, bananas are a favorite food for everyone from infants to adults. Bananas combat depression, make you smarter, cure hangovers, relieve morning sickness, protect against kidney cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis and blindness!
- 1 banana
- 1 handful fresh spinach
- 1½ cups cherries (fresh are best but if not available use frozen)
- 2 cups water (you can also use coconut water, almond milk or yogurt)
- Blend in a high speed blender all the ingredients. The high speed blender I use is the Vitamix Professional Series and it is one of the best investments I’ve ever made for my family’s health!
- You can add ice if using fresh cherries.
- You can also try adding more or less liquids to get the right thickness and also preferred sweetness.
- Freeze some ice pops too!
If you would like to purchase good quality ice pop molds, click on the photos below for information and where to buy. Great size for a small child and very easy to clean! They are super easy to peel off too! (the silicone ones are easier, the others you need to run a little hot water before peeling off) I have tried them all. These are my favorite molds!