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Lower-Sugar Cherry Vanilla Green Smoothie

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Summer is the perfect time to incorporate smoothies into your diet. The cold, raw fruits and veggies literally cool you down, better regulating your body’s temperature and makes that heat a bit more bearable. Better yet, produce is at its peak, with mother nature providing some of the sweetest fruits and freshest vegetables.

I love this lower-sugar green smoothie, which uses cherries at the height of their season. Frozen zucchini helps to decrease the amount of fructose used. It also sneaks in spirulina, a blue-green algae rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and is a good source

Lower-Sugar Cherry Vanilla Green Smoothie:
  • Two handfuls spinach
  • 1/3 cup frozen cherries
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen zucchini (trust us on this one!)
  • 1 tsp spirulina
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon nut butter (i.e. almond or cashew)
  • 1 scoop protein powder of choice (optional)
  • coconut water or dairy-free milk until desired consistency is reached
Place everything in a high-speed blender and process until smooth. Enjoy!