I’m all about thick smoothies. Smoothies with a spoon are the way to go. Sometimes I even add xanthan gum (or a bit of coconut flour) just for added thickness. But the best way to thicken a smoothie? Avocado! I love adding avocado not just because of it’s consistency but also its added nutritional benefit. Avocados are a fantastic source of monounsaturated “good” fat (helps lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol), potassium, folate and fibre.
Want to know about another awesome fruit (yes, avocados are a fruit)? Cherries. The red colour in cherries comes from anthocyanins, the same antioxidant found in red wine that can help soothe joint soreness and inflammation. They also contain quercetin, which protects the colon from tumours and pectin which works like monounsaturated fats to help lower “bad” cholesterol. Interestingly cherries can actually make you sleepy! They are part of the stone fruit family many of which contain melatonin! So I wouldn’t gauge on cherries first thing in the morning…unless of course you want to go back to sleep zzzzzzz!
My one qualm about cherries? Unless you’re popping them into your mouth, to add them to any recipe you have to pit them first. Obviously you can just cut them but I end up losing half the cherry in the process. There are also cherry pitters on the market but I unfortunately am not a proud owner of one. So I took action into my own hands and decided to tackle my cherry problem sans pitter. Since I wasn’t using a straw to actually drink my smoothie I figured it might actually have a dual function as a cherry pitter! And guess what? It worked! All you have to do is stick a straw (try to find a stronger one) through the top of the cherry and with some force push it through. Pull the cherry off and remove the pit that likely has gotten stuck in the straw. Genius!
Now that I can easily pit cherries they are becoming a staple in my smoothies, along with avocado of course 🙂 Don’t be thrown off by the green colour of this smoothie, the chocolate and cherries are far more pungent than the avocado and spinach which add no taste whatsoever….just a boatload of nutrition!