Tasty Cherry Smoothie Recipes in 10 Different Flavors
Adding cherries to your smoothies is an easy way to supercharge the health benefits.
Cherries are loaded with antioxidants and are anti inflammatory. They’re also highly nutritious. Add them to your smoothies and you’ll get vitamins A, B vitamins and key minerals, including potassium, magnesium, iron and even calcium.
This makes them a good choice for keeping your heart healthy and helping to keep bones strong. Cherries also contain melatonin, which helps you to sleep better.
Plus, they’re perfect in a post workout smoothie. Cherries are known to reduce inflammation and reducing pain.
Whatever type of smoothie you’re looking for, we’ve got you covered. Read on for some inspiration for how you can use cherries to create super healthy and incredibly tasty smoothies.
Superfood Cherry Smoothies
Whether you’re looking for a healthy and yummy breakfast smoothie or a delicious but super nutritious dessert smoothie, cherries are a great choice of ingredient. Here are some recipes that you’re sure to love.
Hopefully by now you’re really excited about using cherries in your smoothies and want to know more about some of the nutritional benefits that this fruit can offer.
Are cherries good for gout?
Cherries could make gout attacks less severe, according to studies. Researchers in the US asked gout patients to record what they ate in the two days prior to an attack.
They found that those who were eating cherries had a 37% reduction in the number of attacks that they experienced compared to the gout patients who didn’t eat cherries.
When this was combined with anti gout medication, patients were up to 75% less likely to have attacks.
This may be due to the anthocyanins in cherries. These are powerful antioxidants that have anti inflammatory benefits.
Researchers suggested that the anti inflammatory effects of cherries could be on a par with ibuprofen.
Are cherries good for constipation?
The fiber and sugar content in fruit can help with digestive health and regular bowel movements.
Some fruits are particularly good for preventing constipation though.
Sweet cherries are one of these fruits as they naturally contain sorbitol. Your body finds it hard to digest sorbitol effectively and this means that more water is pulled into the intestines.
This helps to move things along your digestive tract so that stools can be passed more easily. It’s a fine line though … you don’t want to eat too many cherries in one go as it can result in diarrhea!
Are cherries high in potassium?
Cherries are a natural source of potassium and one cup of cherries (the average amount we’re using in the smoothie recipes in this piece) contains roughly 342 mg of potassium, which is around 7% of your daily needs.
This isn’t as high as some fruits as avocado, guavas, kiwi, banana, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, apricots and pomegranates all contain more than this.
People on a low potassium diet are generally advised to restrict their potassium intake to 200mg per serving. As cherries are considered to be a high potassium fruit, it can be a good idea to alter the amount of cherries you use in your smoothies.
Are cherries high in iron?
A one cup serving of cherries offers around 0.6mg of iron, which is roughly 3% of daily iron needs.
You can also boost the iron content in cherry smoothies by also including spinach, raspberries, pumpkin seeds, cacao, maca and spirulina.
Adding vitamin C rich foods to cherry smoothies can help more iron to be absorbed. Oranges, orange juice, blueberries can all help with this.
Are cherries good for your skin?
Cherries contains vitamin A, which is good for your skin.
The high antioxidant properties of cherries can also help to protect your skin against the effects of the aging process.
Antioxidants are important for fighting free radicals that can accelerate skin aging.
Are cherries good for your heart?
Sipping on cherry smoothies is a delicious way to look after your heart health.
Cherries are high in pectin, a type of soluble fiber that can help to keep “bad” LDL cholesterol levels in check. This can reduce your risk of developing heart disease.
As a great source of potassium, cherries are an underrated way to protect your heart.
Potassium helps to balance sodium levels and is important for keeping blood pressure at a healthy level.
Do cherries cause gas?
The sorbitol content in cherries is hard to digest and this can potentially cause gas and other gastrointestinal problems, including bloating. The fructose content can also be problematic for some people and this extends to other fruits too, such as apples, apricots, peaches, pears, plums and prunes.
Which Recipes Did You Like Best?
As you can see, there are lots of ways to enjoy the health benefits of cherries in your smoothies.
They go well with lots of other fruits and are a great addition to green smoothies too. I’d love to hear which recipes you’ll be trying out next. Let me know in the comments below!
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