Looking for a smoothie with a lower glycemic index? Look no further than this cherry smoothie made with just four plant-based simple ingredients.
My family loves cherries and we can’t get enough of them. Of course, nothing beats fresh cherries, but frozen ones are often more affordable and can be used year-round.
What goes well with cherry?
I’ve used coconut milk as the liquid base in this cherry smoothie for a couple reasons. Coconut milk is rich in healthy fats, which helps curb your appetite and give you energy. It also makes the smoothie extra creamy and delicious. And lastly, a coconut cherry combination is hard to beat. It’s delicious!
Can you put cherries in a blender?
When blending cherries, it’s best to use frozen since they are already pitted and will naturally chill your smoothie. If using fresh cherries in your smoothie, you will need to manually remove the pit before blending.
Sweet vs Tart Cherries
Tart cherries are, well, tart, and sweet cherries are sweet. Another is that sweet cherries tend to be bigger and a deeper, darker red, where as tart cherries are brighter red and small. Both are high in antioxidants and great to use in smoothies,
Most studies regarding the health benefits of cherries have been conducted using Montmorency cherries, the most common variety of tart cherries. The cherries, fresh, frozen or dried, and their juice can help with muscle recovery after intense physical activity.
Both types of cherries contain tryptophan, an essential amino acid that we associate with sleep. It is a precursor to serotonin and melatonin, both of which help with mood and sleep. Tryptophan supplementation has been shown to reduce irritability, PMS, and depression and anxiety.
When blending this cherry smoothie, it’s truly up to you which type of cherry you use. All of them are winners in our book!
Low Glycemic Fruits for Smoothies
Berries and cherries are low glycemic foods meaning that eating them won’t drastically affect blood sugar levels. These fruits are naturally lower in sugar and high in fiber which also keeps blood sugar levels steady.
Low Sugar Fruits Include:
Fun fact: Bananas are often though of as