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Cherry Vanilla Smoothie

Cherry Vanilla Smoothie recipe from weelicious.com

Let’s make a Cherry Vanilla Smoothie! It’s the healthiest shake you’ll ever suck down full of flavors that are a match made in heaven. But wait, there’s more!

I’m over the moon excited to tell you about my weekly Monday feature for the next few weeks focusing on my passion for making smoothies for our family every morning. It all started over a year ago. Kenya’s health started to weaken as he complained about daily headaches, stomach aches and nausea for months. Even after several trips to the doctor we couldn’t figure out what was going on with his body. I started reading endless articles about the correlation between what kids put into their bodies and how it affects their mind and bodies. This is all stuff I know only too well, but somehow I too fell into the carb loading trap day after day. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for pancakes, waffles, french toast, and crepes, but I started realizing as a vegetarian, Kenya was eating way more flour-filled carbohydrates than the proteins, fruits and vegetables his body needed to function especially at the beginning of the day as he headed into school. This is how the smoothie project was born.

Cherry Vanilla Smoothie recipe from weelicious.com

Every day I make a different smoothie for my kids bright and early using the Smoothie Project guide that they fill out the night before creating irresistible combinations. It’s the easiest way to let kids have a hand in what they will slurp up for breakfast. They can even throw everything in the blender and press the button to whirl it all up! This Cherry Vanilla Smoothie was all Kenya’s creation, although, I helped steer him towards a few of the extras in it to make sure he gets what he needs. He started by wanting a base of sweet cherries (frozen cherries are key) with a little vanilla extract and unsweetened vanilla almond milk to give it a little extra somethin’ somethin’. The best part is when you get rockin’ and rollin’ making smoothies everyday you’ll never look back! It’s the easiest morning routine focused on a tall glass of heaven that’s easy to slurp up and 100% for you too!

If you make your own smoothies please share them on Instagram and tag @weelicious or #smoothieproject so I can get inspired by your creations!

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Cherry Vanilla Smoothie (makes 30 ounces )

Prep Time: 2 mins Cook Time: 2 mins

egg free

dairy free

gluten free

Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen cherries
  • 3/4 cup vanilla yogurt (about 1 5 oz container)
  • 3 tablespoons plain kefir
  • 2 teaspoons bee pollen
  • 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons cashews, soaked overnight
  • 1 1/4 cups milk of choice

Preparation

1. Place all of the ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.

2. Pour into a tall glass, pop in a straw and you’re ready!

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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21 comments

  • Adrianne The Shelton House

    I can't wait to see the Monday smoothies!! One of my boys is a reluctant smoothie-drinker (I think because he's not big on breakfast in general), but your smoothie project inspired him to start a Pinterest board of smoothies and he's really getting into it :) My other son was on steroids for years as part of his leukemia treatment and so now his bones need extra help. Ordered the collagen peptides to add in for the extra boost! Thanks for sharing this!

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    • McCord

      So fun! I'm glad you've been enjoying the smoothies!

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  • Shelley

    do you have a link to your Project Smoothie chart??

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    • McCord

      Yes! Here you go: http://weelicious.com/smoothie-project/

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  • Rebecca

    This looks really good! Could I substitute something in for the cashews? my daughter is allergic. (And I hope Kenya is doing better. That must have been scary.)

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    • McCord

      They are there for added nutrition, but you absolutely can leave them out! You can use any other nut if you're able to, otherwise you can use hemp, chia, or pumpkin seeds for added protein.

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  • Lisa

    Hi. Just curious about the cashews. We always use raw ones (which actually don't need to be soaked). Do you use roasted? Thanks!

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    • McCord

      I usually get the raw ones!

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  • Mary // Chattavore

    This sounds so delicious! I love cherries. And I'm loving watching all of your smoothie videos on Instagram! Those kiddos sure love their smoothies!

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    • McCord

      Thank you!

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  • April

    Looks delish. I am wondering if the coconut oil solidifies and if this is their whole breakfast or partial? Wondering how filling it is for high energy kids. Thank you.

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    • McCord

      The coconut oil blends into the smoothie, and it is filling for my kids! I'm sure it'll depend on each person if they need more to eat or not! Plus, they get a mid-morning snack at school! ;)

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  • Dana

    Hello!
    Just wondering if i can substitute almonds for cashews in this smoothie? We have an allergy in our house :)

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    • McCord

      That should work out great!

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  • Kasey

    Soak cashews in water??

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    • McCord

      Yes, in water!

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  • Debbie

    All of the smoothies sound amazing! My question is do you always have all of these ingredients on hand? Or so you plan specific recipes and just make sure to have those ingredients on hand?

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    • McCord

      We go to the farmer's market on Sunday and buy tons of produce so we have lots of ingredients on hand through the week for smoothies!

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  • Jenny Goddard

    i heard you say you were doing a glass straw giveaway!

    yay!

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  • Ashley

    Do you recommend an online resource for purchasing bee pollen? I can't seem to find anything in my local specialty stores. And is it possible to just leave out? Or would you substitute something for it? Thanks!

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  • Jill

    Hi! What is the serving amount please? Thanks so much, it's delicious!

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