If you’ve been following along on Snapchat (username: thefoodbabe) you know that I can’t get enough of the organic cherries from the farmer’s market this year! Cherries contain vitamin C, carotenoids, and anthocyanins – compounds that together fight cancer. And that’s why I love this new smoothie recipe. But first, if you love cherries too, just make sure that you are buying organic ones that haven’t been sprayed with pesticides. Conventionally grown cherries are on EWG’s Dirty Dozen List of produce that is the most contaminated with pesticides. They get their data from the USDA Pesticide Data Program, which tests for pesticide residues on washed produce. Conventional cherries have been shown to carry residues from up to 42 different pesticides, some of which are known carcinogens, suspected hormone disruptors, neurotoxins, and bee toxins. If you can’t find fresh organic cherries where you are, the frozen variety is easier to find and works great in this recipe too!
- 1 cup frozen mixed berries
- 1 cup cherries, pitted (remove pits)
- ½ cup almond or coconut milk, more as needed
- 2 cups spinach
- ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
- Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
If you know someone who loves cherries and needs to add a little green into their life, please share this recipe with them! Who knows, maybe they will invite you over for one!
Hope you are enjoying the Summer…