There are many recipes for “green smoothies”. However, it seems they are either loaded with extra calories and sugar (to sweeten them up) or they taste like, well you know, something green. An added bonus for athletes is this recipe features Tart Cherry Juice concentrate, known for its anti-inflammatory and melatonin properties.
1 scoop (31 grams) vanilla protein powder or 1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
1 cup milk (your choice…cow, soy, almond, coconut, etc.)
2 cups fresh spinach leaves
1 ounce Tart Cherry juice concentrate
1 cup chopped ice
- Place all ingredients in a blender.
- Blend until smooth.
* Note: Tart cherry juice is either available in a concentrate or 8 ounce “juice” serving. The juice is from a specific variety of sour cherries (prunus cerasus) and include the Montgomery or Morello Cherry. The tart cherry has received a lot of press over the past few years as a powerful anti-inflammatory and natural sleep aid.