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7 Smoothie Ingredients Nutrition Experts Love: Cherries

Cherries help fight inflammation.

Why they’re good for you: Cherries contain vitamin C, as well as the nutrients anthocyanins, a compound that has been linked with fighting inflammation. That means sipping a cherry smoothie after a workout may help your body heal.

Nutrition expert: Megan Roosevelt, R.D., founder of HealthyGroceryGirl.com

Recipe: Sweet and Creamy Cherry Smoothie

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh sweet cherries, pitted
  • 1 ripe and fresh avocado, seeded, peeled, and sliced
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1/2 fresh lime, juiced
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk beverage (like coconut or almond milk)
  • 1 cup of ice

Directions:
Add all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend for 15 to 20 seconds. Pour into two glasses.

Note: If you want to boost the smoothie’s protein quota, add a plant-based protein powder such as brown rice, hemp or pea protein, or Chia seeds.

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Written by Allison Levy

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