BreakfastAugust-September 2012

Blueberry Cherry Smoothie


Blueberries and cherries have high levels of antioxidants, molecules that sweep through the body looking for dangerous free radicals to knock out. Coconut oil adds creamy richness while cloves provide a hint of mystery.

2 cups unflavored hemp milk, rice milk or milk of choice
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
cup pitted cherries
1 tablespoon coconut oil
-Pinch of ground cloves
1 cup blueberries, preferably frozen

1. Place all ingredients into a blender container in the order listed.

2. Blend until smooth, about 1 minute. Divide between 2 serving glasses.

Each serving contains 257 calories, 13g total fat, 6g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 112mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate, 3g fiber, 3g protein.
Switch Hits
  • Sweeten with honey instead of maple syrup.
  • Try fresh apricots instead of cherries.
  • Swap out cloves for ground nutmeg, cinnamon or allspice.
Canadian-based Matthew Kadey, RD,, is a dietition and a food writer. He is author of Muffin Tin Chef (Ulysses Press).

Comments (5)

Very delicious! The cloves do add a lovely subtle flavor although I am sure cinnamon would be good as well. used chia seed instead of the coconut oil and it worked well.

Posted by: Graycie | April 7, 2014 9:12 AM    Report this comment

The sodium comes primarily from the brand of hemp milk used in our nutritional analysis. You may want to use a different brand or a different type of milk. Coconut milk has 29mgs sodium per cup; cow's milk (3.25% butterfat) has 98 mgs. Changes in the milk will affect other nutritional counts, of course. - Moderator.

Posted by: LW Moderator | August 17, 2012 1:41 PM    Report this comment

The smoothie sounds wonderful and i am definitely going to try it.
My one concern is the high sodium count. Where does the sodium
come from?

Posted by: Unknown | August 16, 2012 8:18 PM    Report this comment

I would use something mild, like flaxseed oil.

Posted by: Elgie | July 12, 2012 2:17 PM    Report this comment

What would be a good sub for coconut oil ?

Posted by: sandra j | July 12, 2012 11:53 AM    Report this comment

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