Ellie Krieger was singing my song as she set the blender to whirring. Well, she wasn’t actually singing, but she was making one of my favorite foods — a smoothie. This one was featuring frozen tart cherries, with the added goodness of yogurt and milk. I’m a sucker for both, not only because I love the combined taste of cherries and milk but also because both provide lots of good-for-me nutrition.
I talked about the health benefits of cherries a couple weeks ago in our Simply Sorbet recipe that stars tart cherry juice. Learned all this at a recent trip to the National Cherry Festival, sent there courtesy of the Cherry Marketing Institute. And milk, well, we’ve all got milk’s health benefits pretty well down (that was an attempt at a couple of puns in case you were wondering).
So enough about what it does for us! Here’s a yummy, easy and healthy recipe that makes me think cherry ice cream, only lighter. If anything qualifies as a delicious healthy eating for healthy weight loss treat, this is it!
Cherry Vanilla Smoothie
Makes 2 servings
2 cups pitted, tart cherries (unsweetened) frozen
1 cup non-fat or low-fat vanilla yogurt
1 cup non-fat milk
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon honey
1 cup ice
Put all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth. Then enjoy!!
Recipe courtesy of Ellie Krieger’s The Food You Crave. Photo courtesy of the Cherry Marketing Institute.