Today we have our next guest post from Jackie! This smoothie looks delicious so keep reading to hear all about it!
Hello Domestic Superhero readers! My name is Jackie and I am guest posting today from my blog Foxy Whole Foodie. I started my blog in March of 2013 to document my love of whole food recipes – and along the way I also started getting fit for the first time in my life. Growing up, I was never athletic and I actively avoided physical activity (gym class was a particularly stressful event, that I would do anything to get away from). But as I’ve learned more and more about healthy living, I’ve grown to love exercise as a valuable part of that healthy lifestyle. So, like my tag line says, my blog documents my adventure finding a life fueled by whole foods and fitness. Along the way, I share lots of whole foods recipes, as well as stories about my life.
One of the first big steps I took towards a healthy lifestyle was drinking green smoothies. It was the first thing I ever blogged about and it’s definitely a daily habit that I can’t live without. I feel like it starts me off on the right foot for the day and helps me make healthy choices as the day goes on. Recently, I read an article on Greatist about drinking cherry juice can help reduce sore muscles and thought that incorporating cherry juice into a smoothie would be a great idea! 🙂
In addition to my morning green smoothie, I sometimes use smoothies as a workout-recovery tool – so I thought up this recipe to incorporate protein for post-workout recovery as well as the cherry juice to reduce muscle soreness. And the combination of chocolate and cherry tastes just like a Black Forest Cake! 🙂 This is definitely a dessert you can feel good about indulging in.
”Black Forest Cake” Smoothie
- 1 to 1 and ½ cups cherry juice (start with 1 cup and add additional if needed to get the smoothie to the right consistency)
- 1 cup kale or spinach (optional – but I promise you can’t taste it!)
- 1 frozen banana (or 1 fresh banana and ½ cup ice)
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder (or 1 scoop regular protein powder with 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, or omit the protein powder all together and just use the cocoa powder)
Blend all ingredients together to smoothie consistency and enjoy! This is a great dessert-style smoothie but I also had it for breakfast one morning when I was feeling indulgent – and it’s a healthy indulgence! 🙂
If you like smoothie recipes, check out some of my others below: