I feel like "smoothie" wasn't the most appropriate name for this simple drink. To be quite honest, this sinfully (naturally) sweet mug tastes closer to an ice cold milkshake than a smoothie. But since it is chock full of healthy additives, I guess smoothie paints a better picture.
Cherries are best in season during summer, and early fall (in some areas), but because I utilize frozen cherries in the recipe, really, you can make this all year round.
But I guarantee this smoothie will taste especially delicious on a 90 degree day. Cherries are not the only star of this simple smoothie though. I need to admit, there is something in it I hate that makes this so incredible.
BEET ROOT POWDER.
Ahhhhh run away! Beets are disgusting!
True. I am not a fan of beets. At all. BUT, I know when I am wrong (and if you are lucky, I'll admit it to your face). Beets are one of the most nutritious items on PLANET EARTH. I mean seriously. I don't want to bore you with details, just know they are all healing. Top five benefits: High in potassium, high in iron, can possibly lower your blood pressure, can improve brain function, detoxes the liver, I could go on and on.
The only thing beets can't do?
Make me love them.
I HATE BEETS. They taste like dirty potatoes, so I was hesitant to try beet root powder, but this was my last attempt. Much to my surprise, my first smoothie bowl with the vibrant pink powder did not taste like dirty potato water! Could it be? Could I learn to love beets?
My intrigue birthed this hybrid smoothie/"milkshake".
This is the beet root powder I will purchase next, after my smaller bag runs out. I picked up a bag of the beet root powder on a whim at my local Homegoods to try, and I cannot find it online.
I may venture out into other beet recipes...just not right away. I'm not insane.
In my mind, it is pretty much the perfect meal replacement smoothie. Jake and I work out after work, walk the dog, and have to work on our prospective projects after all of that, so I typically do not like to spend an hour in the kitchen every night. Hell, I do not like to spend more than 15 minutes on dinner during the week. So we have taken to meal replacement smoothies and snacks for dinner.
I know what you are thinking.
A SMOOTHIE ISN'T A MEAL.
This smoothie is filling, deceptively decadent, and seriously does not taste as healthy as it actually is. It is 10 grams of protein, full of antioxidants, iron, calcium, and healthy carbs.
Sweet, creamy, tart, and rich in chocolate, this ice cold treat reminds me of home. Sipping milkshakes at Culver's, tracing the cement with my fingertips, savoring every drop of the liquid gold. If you are looking for a way to sneak beets in your life, or something tasty to switch up your routine, look no further.
Yes, this smoothie has some "fancy" ingredients, like cacao powder, and beet root powder. But I promise it is worth it, and if you grab them from amazon, it is convenient and much cheaper than buying them at the store. Also, if you do not want to put the beet root powder in, you definitely can leave it out!
A note about cacao powder: chocolate lovers, you haven't tasted anything as good as a raw cacao powder. Because it is a raw food, you get the full benefits of this heavenly chocolate. This is my favorite brand ever, I have already purchased three bags in the last 6 months. I use it in everything!
Oh WAIT. DID I MENTION THE PEANUT BUTTER?!
The peanut butter creates a creamy texture, that drowns out the earthy taste of the beet. This is a very high calorie, very filling smoothie.
But it tastes like dessert, so I mean, you can't go wrong.
Bonus advice: tricking everyone you know and love into eating or in this case, drinking something healthy is always a hit.
Chocolate Cherry Smoothie
My absolute obsession lately for a meal replacement smoothie. It tastes more like a milkshake then a nutritionally packed smoothie! With the tart cherry, silky chocolate, and creamy peanut butter you can't even tell there is all that healthy beet in there!
Total time: 5 minutes
Calories per serving: Roughly 371 depending on serving
- 3 ice cubes
- 2 bananas (not frozen)
- 2 cups frozen cherries
- 1 tablespoon beet root powder
- 4 tablespoons raw cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
- 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
- 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
- Load the items in the blender, ice first, then bananas, cherries, powders, peanut butter, and top with the 2 cups of almond milk.
- Blend until smooth! If it is too thick, add a little more almond milk to thin it to your favored consistency.
- This makes either two very large smoothies 24 oz each, or 4 smaller. Or you can halve the recipe! It makes a lot, but since I use this as a meal replacement, it is always best to have a bit extra!
- Commence sipping!