We are finally getting warmer weather, just in time for Valentine’s Day, and I couldn’t be happier. I’m usually over winter by January 2nd, never mind I live in the Midwest where winter doesn’t get its chops until about January 3rd. I have blankets on the couch and blankets on the beds. I live in my bathrobe, time of day be dambed, and I stick it in the dryer for extra toastiness. What I don’t have is, to paraphrase a friend, blankets in the hallway. And I should. That trek from couch to bed at night is not for the fainthearted. So, a cold smoothie might not seem appropriate. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Because in addition to a sweet and succulent flavor, Strawberry Cherry Smoothie also boasts a beautiful Valentine’s Day color. This smoothie came by accident, and it’s one worth repeating.
We are repeating it A LOT in our house. Like, let’s say you have a child who is OVER THE MOON about Valentine’s Day. Like, maybe she plans her outfits in various shades and patterns of red and pink for the entire week, counts down to the 14th of February like it’s the 25th of December, has created a Valentine’s Day itinerary for the entire family, and wants to eat Valentine’s Day food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Let’s just say. Well, in addition to Dairy-Free Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries, which are already on the menu, you can throw in this Strawberry Cherry Smoothie and call it a win.
When I mentioned this smoothie came about by accident, a beautiful, delicious accident, I wasn’t joking. When I didn’t have my usual ingredients for Triple Berry Power Smoothie, I briefly panicked. What did I have that I could fashion into a smoothie? The girls were hungry, and I was out of ideas. Until I threw strawberries and cherries together. But cherries, although delicious, are tart, and sometimes the girls reject anything other than flat-out sweet. I didn’t want to overcompensate by adding excessive amounts of agave nectar or honey. But what would they think? I wondered. Well, the girls loved it.
And I think you will too. Tailor it just about any way you like. For example, I like to add an avocado for creaminess and bulk to keep little bellies full. You won’t taste the green stuff, but you will get a dreamy, healthy smoothie. I also add chia seeds for added protein and fiber. Furthermore, Strawberry Cherry Smoothie is gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and vegan/paleo-friendly, depending on what, if any, sweetener you use.
Go fresh or thawed fruit, add your non-dairy milk of choice, and blend. Sweetener as desired. Then you are set for the day. Strawberry Cherry Smoothie is my pick-me-up on bleak winter days with overcast skies and a windchill that will nip the fingers. I suspect, too, Strawberry Cherry Smoothie will also be a pick-me-up during the spring and summer when temps rise, humidity replaces chill, and for a brief moment, I think, it will be nice when the weather turns cool again…
- 3 cups strawberries
- 1 cup cherries
- 1 cup almond milk
- 100% pure honey (paleo) or agave nectary (vegan) to taste, optional
- Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender and mix until smooth.
- Serve immediately, or for a thicker smoothie, let sit overnight.