I was interested in trying a Cherry Smoothie as cherries are one of my favorites so I was excited when I found this low-calorie smoothie recipe on Scattered Thoughts Of A Crafty Mom along with several other creative recipes.
Recipe to Cherrylicious Smoothie From Scattered Thoughts Of A Craft Mom.
Ingredients / Calories
- 1 cup frozen cherries
- 1/4 cup chopped pineapple
- 1/2 cup low sugar orange juice or apple juice
- 1/2 cup Unsweetened Almost Coconut Blend
- 1/4 cup ice if needed
138 Calories according to the author.
I used apple juice instead of orange. Apple juice is my favorite. And, I prefer frozen pineapple in addition to the frozen cherries to adding ice.
Note: More intriguing low-calorie recipes are in the Recipe link above that sound absolutely amazing. Recipe names include Apple Pie Smoothie, Peaches and Cream, Pineapple Coconut Smoothie, Creamsicle Smoothie. Check them out in the link above.
Low-Calorie Smoothie Recipe
Honestly, I have always stayed away from fruit-only smoothies because of the amount of sugar and the hidden calories from the fruit. However, I was excited to come across this website and find fruit smoothies for under 150 calories. Who knew?
I think of this Cherry smoothie as more of a mid-morning or even better mid-afternoon snack than a breakfast item. However, I feel like a large handful of spinach and / or some chia seeds would give this smoothie the substance I need for breakfast. I do not know for sure as I have not tried it yet.
I selected this recipe because I love cherries. Then I decided to look further into the benefits of cherries and found several fantastic articles on the health benefits including “7 Impressive Health Benefits Of Cherries.”
Additional Thoughts On Low-Calorie Smoothies
Smoothies are easy and quick to make. Perfect for a busy workday morning as well as nice a versatile so I never get bored. But there is room for error. For example, sometimes, when I make a smoothie, I come out with four or five cups of smoothies instead of the two I was aiming for. At first, I just drank them assuming it was supposed to be like that, but I do not think that is the case and I was probably really overdoing it on the fruit. I have googled this and have not found other people having this problem. Since this problem still occurs even when measuring out the ingredients, I freeze the remainder for later. I read you can leave a smoothie in the refrigerator for two days, but I personally do not think they keep and just do not think they are that good.
I love pineapple and am super excited to add it to my smoothies. I have now learned it is a superfood. Read more about “The Power Of Pineapple”
As I mentioned above, I prefer not to add ice to my smoothies and use frozen fruit instead. I feel like the ice makes more smoothie and then I end up drinking it and feel bloated and gross instead of fresh and light on my feet.
I tend to get hungry after a couple of hours after a smoothie so I like to keep some carrots on hand to snack on and avoid any junk food mishaps.
I try and taste my smoothie before pouring it out just in case I need to add anything to it. I feel like this is like tasting food before adding salt.
My husband told me drinking from mason jars is very early 2000. I do not know if that is true or not, but I love my mason jars and use them for my smoothies with reusable straws such as metal.
Smoothies are super easy and quick to clean up if you clean your blender right away.
Equipment is everything. I feel so lucky because my sister-in-law gave me a Vitamix a few years back, which is completely life-changing. Prior, I used the bullet and it is just not the same. It works, but a nice blender is ideal.
Lastly, my kids love fruit. This fruit smoothie option is an excellent way to mix it up and add variety to their diet.