Cherry Vanilla Almond Smoothie

Are you in the mood for a breakfast that tastes like a dessert but won’t take up half your allotted calories for the day? If so, then give this smoothie a whirl! It’s got everything: protein, fiber, antioxidants, calcium, Omega-3s, and the triple-threat of all flavor combinations: cherry/vanilla/almond. (Edit: Did anyone else read that last sentence in Stefon’s voice, or have I just been watching too much SNL?)

I made this smoothie for breakfast yesterday, and I didn’t get around to eating lunch until 3pm, nor was I tempted to have a snack. Needless to say, this smoothie will become part of my regular breakfast repertoire.

Cherry Vanilla Almond Smoothie

Serves 1

Prep time: 10 minutes (plus 30+ minutes to soak chia seeds)

Ingredients

3/4 C plain or vanilla almond milk yogurt

1 C fresh cherries, pitted and stems removed (about 15 cherries)

1/3 C almond milk

2 tbsp chia seeds

1 tbsp almond butter

1/4 tsp vanilla extract (if you did not use vanilla flavored yogurt–otherwise, omit it)

1/4 tsp almond extract

1 scoop plain or vanilla plant-based protein powder (optional–I did not use any protein powder in this yesterday)

4-5 ice cubes

Directions

1) Soak chia seeds in almond milk the night before, or for at least 30 minutes prior to making the smoothie.

2) Pit the cherries. I recommend using a chopstick or a skewer to do this. Make sure to pit the cherries over a paper towel or plate, as it can get messy.

3) Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

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