Cherry Coconut Chiller

July 10th, 2012 at 7:07 am
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gluten-free cherry coconut smoothie

There were days last week where I literally felt that if I stepped outside I would melt into the sidewalk upon contact. I’m sure many of you can relate. This summer has been a sizzler!

All the more reason to load up on fresh, watery fruits and veggies, right? I have been in no mood to cook lately, which is saying something major because that almost never happens to me. Salads and smoothies are all I’m craving. (I’m also a little addicted to coconut water right now.)

This sweet and refreshing Cherry Coconut Chiller is the ultimate hot weather beverage! After a hot run or walk in the early morning sun, gulping down a glass of this chiller is like finding an oasis in the middle of an arid desert. I can almost feel my cells soaking in the hydration with every sip.

Cherries are one of my favorite summer treats. I can hardly open the refrigerator without grabbing a few from the bowl to nibble on. I could sing the praises of cherries’ health benefits for pages on end, but here are a few highlights:

  • That gorgeous red color we know and love? It’s actually one of the reasons cherries are so nutritious. Cherries get their vibrant color from flavanoid molecules that exert a vast array of beneficial effects on the body, including the production of anti-inflammatory enzymes.
  • While sweet cherries offer the most pleasant flavor, tart cherries are actually the highest of the two in healthful compounds.
  • Because of their anti-inflammatory properties, cherries may aid in the management of arthritis symptoms and joint pain.

I also added a few grated beets to this smoothie for added nutrition and a color boost. Head over here to read up on their stellar nutritional profile.

gluten-free dairy-free cherry smoothie with coconut

Thankfully, despite the heat, there are still plenty of nutritious no-cook recipes we can savor on these scorching days. (If you’ve ever wanted to do a raw food cleanse, now would be the time, people!)

Here are some delicious recipes that don’t require firing up the oven or stove:

(And if you haven’t already, check out this list of 101 naturally gluten-free salad recipes!)

 

Cherry Coconut Chiller

Makes 1 large or 2 small servings

1/2 cup fresh pitted sweet cherries

1/4 cup grated beets

3-4 ice cubes

1/4 cup canned coconut milk (full fat)

1/4 cup water

1 tablespoon Grade B maple syrup (or stevia to taste)

Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth. Serve right away.

Find more healthy recipes at Slightly Indulgent Tuesday.

 


Comments

  1. I love adding beets to smoothies! I’ve only used cooked because I assumed the raw would be too “earthy”. . . but I’m going to try this, since you recommend it! :)

  2. Brianna Tittel said on July 10, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    This sounds like a great snack on a hot summer day! Definitely going to try it this week!

  3. So pretty and it sounds so refreshing!

  4. What a gorgeous smoothie, Hallie! I love all your pics and the info. :-)

    xo,
    Shirley

  5. I have some delish cherries in my fridge right now! I could easily eat them all in one sitting :) I will try my darndest to save some for this smoothie!

  6. Beautiful!! I love your photos and this recipe!! And I am so with you. You and I are so on the same wavelength right now. I have a post up on TBP about cherries and one on my blog about how it has been too hot to cook lately too! LOL We are all feeling the heat about now!
    Xo
    k

  7. I love how you used beets in this to amp up that pink power!! I’ve not used raw beets in smoothies yet (only leftover cooked), and will have to give it a go!

  8. Thanks for the new smoothie receipe! Can’t wait to try raw beets. Big fan of your Green “Creamsicle” Smoothie recipe. Too hot to turn on the stove or oven, surviving on smoothies lately.

  9. Beets and cherries? Brilliant, Hallie!!

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