Okay, so this is more a brown smoothie than a green one thanks to the red cherries and grapes, but it is still delicious! Cherries and grapes are excellent together and their flavors are accented nicely with mango.
I used frozen cherries since I couldn’t find fresh when I made this recipe, but you can definitely use fresh if you have access to them. Be be sure to pit fresh cherries before blending them. One of the benefits of frozen cherries is that they are already pitted, so they are more convenient.
This smoothie is a great source of vitamin A (as beta-carotene), vitamin C and fiber. It also provides a solid dose of antioxidants like anthocyanins (found in cherries) and resveratrol (found in red grapes).
Cherry-Grape Green Smoothie Recipe
- 1 cup fresh or frozen cherries, pitted
- 1/2 cup red grapes
- 1 mango, peeled and pitted
- 1 small head escarole lettuce, chopped
- 8 ounces of filtered water
Start by adding the liquid to your blender (I use a Vitamix), followed by the soft fruit. Add the greens to your blender last. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until the smoothie is creamy.
Calcium: 18% RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance)
Vitamin A: 312% RDA
Vitamin C: 124% RDA
This smoothie is also a rich source of folate, vitamins B1 – B6, vitamin K, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and potassium.
Serving Size: One. (This recipe makes a large, 32-ounce smoothie. It is a meal-replacement smoothie and not a snack. I recommend drinking half right away and the other half about 30 minutes later. If it is too much for you, store leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.)
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Tracy Russell is the creator of the Green Smoothie Weight Loss Program, the 30-Day Whole Foods Challenge and founder of Incredible Smoothies. She is passionate about helping people improve their health with green smoothies and a whole foods lifestyle.