This green smoothie recipe is one of my spring and summer favorites. I love peaches, cherries and vanilla and it just so happens that these three flavors combine wonderfully in a smoothie!
This smoothie isn’t all fruit either. Both carrots and romaine lettuce add minerals and extra vitamin A (as beta-carotene).
This green smoothie recipe is rich in antioxidants like anthocyanins, which give the cherry its red color. It is this antioxidant that studies have shown to have anti-inflammatory properties and may help with symptoms of arthritis. Eating cherries may also help reduce the risk of heart disease and certain cancers (breast and colon).
Peaches are a good source of vitamin C, potassium, lycopene and lutein. Research shows that lycopene and lutein may help prevent heart disease, macular degeneration and prostate cancer.
Cherry-Vanilla Peach Green Smoothie Recipe
- 2 organic peaches, pitted
- 1 cup whole cherries, pitted
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 head romaine lettuce, chopped
- 1 medium carrot, cut into slices
- 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: 13% RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance)
Vitamin A: 1284% RDA
Vitamin C: 120% RDA
Folate: 455.5 micrograms
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 RESET 28: A 28-Day Program For Energy, Weight Loss & A Healthy Glow, and founder of Incredible Smoothies. She has been helping people take control of their health and well being with green smoothies, a whole foods diet, and fitness since 2009.