Sweet Cherry Smoothie

Hello my Friends,

Last week while I was a Panera Bread they were handing out smoothie samples, so I tried their Black Cherry Smoothie.  Oh boy I thought, why haven’t I made a cherry smoothie before?  You know me, once I get an idea in my head I can’t stop myself until I just do it!  So guess what?  I did it!!!

Oh baby, did I do it!  This is a creamy, sweet wonderfully delicious cherry smoothie.  I can’t believe I didn’t create this before.  I think it’s always because I have strawberries on the brain that I tend to forget the other fruit.  This is perfect because cherry season is right around the corner and this would be out of this world with fresh cherries!  I used frozen ones in this drink, but hoping the next one will be with fresh.  By the way I bought my frozen cherries from Target.  They have a wide assortment of frozen fruit.  I sound like an advertisement don’t I?

Last year my Husband and I went cherry picking. That was so much fun.  I ate so many cherries it’s unbelievable.  Nothing like picking and eating.  No I’m not talking about your nose either. Get your mind out of the gutter, thats just gross.  :)  Anyway, we picked so many cherries, I think it cost us like $30 or $40.  Yah we went overboard.  I bought one of those cherry pitters from Cost Plus and wow does that work like a charm.  I highly recommend one.  I believe it was from OXO.  I pitted pounds of cherries and froze them, made jam with others and of course just ate them plain.  I just love a sweet cherry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So what fruit do you look forward to when there in season?  For me, I love all fruit, but my favorite are berries of course and then apples.  But I also love peaches too!  I want to think peach season should be coming up soon!  Woohoo!  I love this time of year!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cherry Smoothie

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Yield: 1 1/2 Cups

Serving Size: 1

Cherry Smoothie

A healthy, sweet, creamy smoothie made with cherries, yogurt and milk. Perfect for an afternoon snack.

Ingredients

  1. 1/2 cup non-fat milk
  2. 1/2 cup greek yogurt, plain or vanilla
  3. 1 cup cherries, frozen
  4. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  5. 1/2 tsp. stevia or more to taste

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.
  2. Serve with reduced fat whip cream and a cherry!

Notes

Calories per serving: 200, Fat: 0, Cholesterol: 2.5, Sodium: 100, Potassium: 135, Carbs: 39, Fiber: 4, Sugar: 28, Protein: 16

http://www.peanutbutterandpeppers.com/2012/05/17/cherry-smoothie/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You know I have to compare my stats with Panera Breads Cherry Smoothie.  I will tell you there’s tastes different from mine.  From what I recall it had a slight orange taste to it and it was a lot sweeter.  So it’s not a copycat recipe.  This is just to get a general  idea what is out there compared to what you can make at home.

Panera Bread Low Fat Black Cherry Smoothie (16.5 oz):  Calories:  290,  Fat:  1.5,  Cholesterol:  .05,  Sodium:  90,  Carbs:  63,  Fiber:   2,  Sugar:  53,  Protein:  6

My Cherry Smoothie: Calories (16oz):  200,  Fat:  0,  Cholesterol:  2.5,  Sodium:  100,   Carbs:  39,  Fiber:  4,  Sugar:  28,  Protein:  16

Wow, look at the carbs, sugar and protein difference!  Crazy isn’t it?  It’s terrible that restaurants claim healthy, when it’s really not!

Well my friends thats another edition of lets compare ours to there’s!  :)

Time for me to go to bed!  I am out of here!  ;)

Toodles,

Jennifer

 

Comments

  1. I love every kind of fruit but cherries are on the top of the list for me! This is so pretty and with 16 grams of protein, it would keep me going all day!

    • Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers says:

      I love this time of the year with all the cherries.I’m hoping to go cherry picking this weekend.I need to stock up, since the season is short.

  2. cherries are one of my favorite summer fruits! I can’t wait for them to come into season so I can wake up to this!

    • Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers says:

      There in season now.We have cherry picking that started last weekend! So be sure to get yours!

  3. I am obsessed with cherries and hardly ever use them in smoothies. Looks delicious!

  4. Wow this looks so delicious! What I would give to be by your pool right now with this in hand!! :)

    • Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers says:

      I’d say the same,but it’s a little chilly here to get in the pool. :) Hopefully we can open the pool by Memorial Day!

  5. Ohhhhh yum! This looks amazing! I’m sipping a diet coke right now! I need this instead!

    • Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers says:

      Diet Coke! You need a smoothie instead! It will be more satisfying!!

  6. That looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it :-)

  7. I love the stats of your cherry smoothie. We don’t get to have cherry picking from where I am but there are cherries in the grocery stores nearby. I think of making this refreshing smoothie tonight =)

    • Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers says:

      I’m pretty lucky where I live. The orchards are about 5 miles from my house!! Thats one thing thats good about living in the middle of no where.

  8. This looks like dessert! Delicious, creamy, I-want-one DESSERT! I also have a cherry pitter and it is the most useful kitchen gadget! Works great with olives, too! Thanks for sharing and your photos are YUM!

    • Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers says:

      I never thought of using a cherry pitter for olives, great idea!! My Husband thought it was a waste to by a pitter, until we ended up buying a few pounds last year! Great tool!!

  9. Wow, this smoothie looks so good. I’ve had cherries in my freezer for about a month waiting to be used in a smoothie. I’m so going to make one soon. Thanks for reminding me.

  10. Yum! I want this NOW!!! :) Thank you for sharing and linking up on successful saturdays!!!

  11. I LOVE cherries and would put them in absolutely everything. I have got to get a cherry pitter, though. This looks phenomenal. And yes … you wonder what they put in the smoothie to add so much sugar. Making at home is so much more healthy!

  12. i love this idea! i had no idea panera had a cherry smoothie. sounds delish!

    • Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers says:

      I didn’t know either, and oddly enough I never thought of a cherry smoothie until I had there’s.

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