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Cherry Smoothie

Looking for a smoothie with a lower glycemic index? Look no further than this cherry smoothie.

Cherry season is far too short! My family loves cherries and we can’t get enough of them during the season. To enjoy cherries all year long, I rely on frozen cherries to add to my smoothies.

This cherry smoothie has a base of coconut milk instead of water. Coconut milk is rich in healthy fats, which helps curb your appetite and give you energy. Plus it makes the smoothie extra creamy and delicious.

Low Glycemic Fruits for Smoothies

Berries and cherries low glycemic foods meaning that eating them won’t drastically affect blood sugar levels. These fruits are naturally lower in sugar and high in fiber which also keeps blood sugar levels steady.

Low Glycemic (or Low Sugar) Fruits Include:

  • Cherries
  • Grapefruit
  • Apricots
  • Limes
  • Lemons
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Strawberries
  • Dates
  • Pears
  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Plums
  • Blueberries
  • Grapes
  • Kiwi
  • Prunes

Bananas are often though of as high on the glycemic index, but they are actually considered low glycemic with an index score of 55. Anything 55 and under is considered low glycemic.

Tropical fruits tend to be high on the glycemic index. Pineapple, figs, cantaloupe and watermelon, and guava are especially high.

Cherry Smoothie | #vegan #plantbased #greensmoothie #cherrysmoothie

Making Green Smoothies With Kale

We love to blend with kale, but that wasn’t always the case! Spinach and other milder leafy greens are a bit more beginner-friendly. If you’re just starting out blending your greens, feel free to use spinach and work up to kale.

Now, kale isn’t that scary, but it can be an acquired taste. Depending on the season, kale can vary from sweet to bitter. Baby kale is the mildest and sweetest. Mature kale is stronger flavored and can verge into the “cabbage-y” realm.

If you happen to find kale on sale, snatch it up and freeze it. Freezing makes blending kale easier as it breaks down the cell walls without sacrificing the nutrients. And frozen greens tend to have a milder flavor too.

See this post for tips on freezing leafy greens. And check out this post on why it’s important to rotate the greens you blend.

Which Is Healthier: Sweet or Tart Cherries?

The answer is they are both healthy! Furthermore, they are interchangeable when blending up a cherry smoothie.

One difference is that tart cherries are, well, tart, and sweet cherries are sweet. Another is that sweet cherries tend to be bigger and a deeper, darker red, where as tart cherries are brighter red and small.

Most studies regarding the health benefits of cherries have been conducted using Montmorency cherries, the most common variety of tart cherries. The cherries, fresh, frozen or dried, and their juice can help with muscle recovery after intense physical activity.

Both types of cherries contain tryptophan, an essential amino acid that we associate with sleep. It is a precursor to serotonin and melatonin, both of which help with mood and sleep. Tryptophan supplementation has been shown to reduce irritability, PMS, and depression and anxiety.

Lots of reasons to blend up a cherry smoothie today!

Cherry Smoothie | #vegan #plantbased #greensmoothie #cherrysmoothie

Cherry Smoothie

  • Author: Jen
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Drinks, Beverages
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: Healthy


Coconut milk is rich in healthy fats, which helps curb your appetite and give you energy. The berries and cherries lower the glycemic index making it a great after dinner treat. This smoothie has also been called Coco-Cherry Berry Cooler.



  • 1 cup fresh kale
  • 1 cup coconut milk, unsweetened
  • 1 cup cherries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries


  1. Blend kale and coconut milk together until smooth.
  2. Add remaining fruit and blend again.


  • Use at least one frozen fruit to make the smoothie cold or serve over ice.
  • Can substitute cherries with berries.


  • Serving Size: 16 ounces

Keywords: cherry smoothie, green smoothie, kale smoothie


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  1. Patricia Hinshaw

    January 15th, 2019 at 10:16 am

    Love the smoothies it a winner in itself. Thanks

  2. Laura Peters

    January 15th, 2019 at 10:41 am

    Coconut milk and cherries!! Loved this one !!

  3. Brittani Kendrick

    January 16th, 2019 at 7:40 am

    Tastes great! Half way done! Feel great with this simple change of a green smoothie a day!

  4. Liz

    January 16th, 2019 at 8:25 am

    Not bad, I love cherries, just not sure if I’m a fan of them in smoothies. This one seemed to lack the creaminess others have.

  5. Pamela LaBouve

    January 16th, 2019 at 9:05 am

    Love the smoothies, today mine is a combo of blueberries raspberries and blackberries though since I didn’t have cherries. Definitely loving this daily habit!

  6. Amber

    January 16th, 2019 at 11:08 am

    This smoothie was good but not my

  7. Cory

    January 16th, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    It was good..still not sure how I feel about the kale! Might try it with spinach next time!

  8. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    January 22nd, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    Hey Cory,

    Make sure you are pick the stems off the kale leaves to avoid that bitter taste. If you prefer to not use the kale spinach is perfectly fine!

  9. Shari C

    January 16th, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    Really, Really enjoyed this one!
    My favorite non-green smoothie so far.

  10. Donna Steinman

    January 16th, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    I liked it but I think I prefer spinach in my smoothies.

  11. Bonnie

    January 16th, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    I didn’t have cherries so used raspberry/blackberry combo. It was good but probably better with the cherries.

  12. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    January 22nd, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    Hey Bonnie,

    SO glad you were able to make this work with what you had on hand!

  13. Steph

    January 16th, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    Major love from my whole family today. It tastes like a cherry cola float!! Definitely making this smoothie again.

  14. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    January 22nd, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    I love how you described this one. You are exactly right!! 🙂

  15. Anita

    January 16th, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    Four stars-a bit to sweet for me yet refreshing

  16. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    January 22nd, 2019 at 12:23 pm

    Hey Anita,

    If it is too sweet for you, you can always swap the measurements for the fruits and veggies.

    Hope that helps!

  17. Kelly

    January 16th, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    LOve the cherry taste. I made an extra to put in the freezer for later in the week

  18. Cecily

    January 16th, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    This smoothie was nice and creamy, however not my favorite, but not bad.

  19. Bethany Vines

    January 16th, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    This is probably my favorite so far! I used part coconut milk, part coconut water since the coconut milk was too strong last time.

  20. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    January 22nd, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Way to adjust the recipe to make it work for you. Thank you for sharing!!

  21. Molly

    January 16th, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    It was good but not my fav.

  22. Beth

    January 16th, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    This is a great antioxidant-rich smoothie! Really enjoyed it!

  23. Patricia

    January 16th, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    Love having a smoothie with cherries! Very mild, no bitter taste from the kale.

  24. Darlene

    January 16th, 2019 at 11:28 pm

    I love cherries I just dont think the frozen ones I used were very sweet. I will try this one again

  25. Cristina

    January 17th, 2019 at 12:06 am

    Oops! I guess I should have blended, used spinach, had to use up, instead of kale. I used frozen cherries and blueberries, I loved! The flavour cut but found the coconut milk very thick! It’s my first time having coconut milk, I usually have almond, I had to add coconut water for my blender to blend it

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