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!!!
- ½ cup non-fat milk
- ½ cup greek yogurt, plain or vanilla
- 1 cup cherries, frozen
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- ½ tsp. stevia or more to taste
- Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.
- Serve with reduced fat whip cream and a cherry!
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!