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:
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.
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.
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!Print
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
- Blend kale and coconut milk together until smooth.
- 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