Why you’ll love this cherry smoothie
This cherry pomegranate post work out smoothie is the perfect combination of tart and sweet. It’s stuffed full of nutritious deliciousness and overflowing with antioxidants to help you feel good and refreshed after an intense workout.
The ingredients added have been used for thousands of years as natural remedies to many things we complain about when we exercise (like soreness, inflammation, or fatigue).
So you can get “swol” without your joints getting swollen…which is obviously ideal.
Even better? It literally tastes like a fresh sorbet without any added sugar or hard to find ingredients.
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Benefits of Cherries
Cherries make up 10% of your daily need for potassium. Potassium of course is important for muscle contraction and helping to remove waste from our cells.
During an intense workout, we obviously sweat. This means we’re losing a lot of water and salts. Potassium helps maintain fluid and salt balance in the body. Which helps us feel less like we’ve been hit by a truck a couple hours later.
They’re also super high in antioxidants (as many red fruits are) which means they are crazy good at reducing inflammation and helping with cell repair.
Plus, ya know…cherries taste delicious which is probably the most important benefit.
Benefits of Pomegranate Juice
Pomegranate juice is higher in antioxidants than most other fruit juices and has three times the amount of green tea. THREE TIMES!
It helps reduce inflammation in the body and give you that gorgeous glowing skin.
(Of course, we don’t want to screw up that glowing skin, so make sure you are getting pomegranate juice that has no added sugar).
Naturally pomegranates have a lot of sugars because they’re, well, fruit. That’s a-okay! We just would like to avoid unnecessary refined sugars in our health foods, right?
Pomegranate juice has also been shown to aid in digestion and even lower blood pressure.
There is also newer research showing that pomegranate juice is a great sports enhancer drink. It can reduce soreness and improve recovery just like cherries can…which obviously means you’re going to love this smoothie after leg day.
Other Benefits of a Cherry Post Workout Smoothie
Yogurt is full of calcium which is vital for healthy, strong bones. It’s also high in protein which is important after a workout for recovery and repair.
Plus, the probiotics help create a healthy gut biome which is important for everything in your life, not just workouts. A good healthy gut will make your life feel substantially better.
For this smoothie, its super helpful to have because it will help prevent the smoothie and juice from separating. (Of course this will happen to any smoothie over time but the yogurt helps bind everything together).
As we all know, bananas are high in potassium reducing cramps and it’s high in fiber which will help with digestion.
Also, a frozen banana make this cherry smoothie extra creamy without changing its color. It also helps prevent the smoothie from separating some as well.
High in bromelain which is an enzyme that reduces bruising, swelling, and pain.
Also high in potassium and Vitamin C.
Materials for a Good Cherry Pomegranate Smoothie
A good blender. I cannot stress this enough. Smoothies are the best thing in the world and they are so hard to make without a good blender. Get yourself one that’ll last through all of your milkshakes and smoothies for years to come.
I use the Ninja BL660 blender and I absolutely love it. It’s a little pricey but it’s worth it because it’s so dang fancy.
Am I telling you to buy this blender? Not necessarily. But would it fill your kitchen with joy and delicious food…yes. So the choice is yours. (Just treat yourself to the fanciest mid grade blender ever).
It’s also great for making sauces, cookie dough, and a variety of other things like my homemade hummus in. I literally use it everyday and it still hasn’t quit on me.
Although you can make this post workout smoothie with all fresh ingredients, I prefer using frozen. For one thing, it’s great to not have to worry about the produce going bad and ensures that I can have it ready for my enjoyment literally whenever I want.
For another, frozen fruit will result in a thicker, creamier smoothie than fresh.
If you do want to make it with fresh fruit, you’re probably going to have to reduce how much liquid you add to the smoothie and consider adding some ice.
(I don’t know how much, like I said, I make this only with frozen fruit).
Try to get a natural or organic brand that says it has no added sugar. Remember, pomegranates are already a very sugary fruit which isn’t a problem…until you start adding unnecessary refined sugar to it.
Trust me this smoothie will be plenty sweet without any help from extra juice sugars!
This is the brand I got. I like it a lot, plus I reuse the glass bottles all the time.
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Antioxidant Rich, Post Workout Cherry Pomegranate Smoothie
- ½ cup frozen pineapple
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup frozen cherries
- ½ cup frozen peaches
- 1¼ cup Pomegranate juice
- ½ cup Greek vanilla yogurt
- ¼ cup water
- Combine the yogurt, pomegranate juice, frozen banana and frozen pineapple and blend. Then add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth.
- *Add more pomegranate juice to reach your desired consistency.
- Pour into a glass and enjoy!
Make your post workouts better and much less sore with this delicious cherry pomegranate smoothie. You’ll feel almost as good as you look and your body will thank you for all that love and kindness you’ve given it.
And since you’re already here, why not check out some of our other healthy recipes to keep that sweet tooth satisfied!
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