“I want that red velvet, I want that sugar sweet.” If those lyrics touch your heart, then you’re like me and this is a recipe 100% for you.
I have to admit I just love red velvet, from the color to the taste, but having red velvet cake and muffins isn’t the healthiest choice. That’s how I bumped into this recipe and now I enjoy a romantic and tasty, yet healthy, breakfast or sometimes even dinner.
One thing that makes this smoothie good for dinner too is that cherries are a great source of melatonin, which can help you have a good night’s sleep. Especially if you’re in constant contact with blue light at night (like your computer or your phone) you might need a little extra boost to help your body get into resting mode. (Learn more about it in this post).
The other key ingredient in this smoothie is cocoa powder, which has several health benefits. Here are a few:
- Improves cognition – it helps with your memory, your attention and your ability to learn.
- Strengthens your immune system – thanks to its content of iron, zinc and selenium.
- Keeps your muscles healthy – because it’s rich in magnesium.
- Reduces risk of diseases – since it’s a great source if antioxidants.
Let’s get cooking
1 cup of Cherries
1 cup of Strawberries
1 tablespoon Cocoa powder
½ teaspoon of Vanilla extract
1 ½ cups of Almond milk
Just blend everything together and enjoy!
I prefer using fresh cherries, but frozen ones also do the trick. One tip: to get rid of the pit faster, use a straw.
If you want to add some protein powder, it goes well with those that are vanilla or chocolate flavored.
You can also add some chocolate chips to get creative 🙂
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