Ah, it's a good morning! The leaves are bursting from the trees, the grass is greening and the air carries the heady scent of waking soil. It's an overcast morning here in NH, a beautiful grey morning.
My morning smoothie reminds me of the rich brown mulch that so many gardeners are spreading out these days. The color is deep purply brown and the taste is very chocolately with a cool cherry tone. The blueberries really fade into the background, but they add great nutrition. And the spinach, well, you won't even know it's there. This is a great intro smoothie for anyone leery of the green smoothie. This smoothie is also a great cloak for probiotic powder, fish oil and flax seed. Get all your goodies in one sip without the ick factor.
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Chocolate Cherry Berry Smoothie
(Yields about 3 cups of smoothie ~ enough for 2 to share or 1 to savor)
1 cup frozen cherries
1 cup frozen blueberries
2 Tbsp cocoa powder or 1 Tbsp raw cacao powder*
1 cup almond milk or alternative milk of your choice or water
3 big handfuls of baby spinach, about 2 cups
Additions: 2 Tbsp flaxseed meal or 1 Tbsp chia seeds, any powdered supplements you use, etc
*Cacao contains caffeine and is a stimulant so I don't use it if I am sharing my smoothie with my children. However, if I need a little pick up in the morning, 1 Tbsp of cacao in a smoothie works just like a cup of coffee.
Put everything in your Vitamix or other blender and whiz on low speed for a few seconds until the spinach starts to work into the mix. Use the tamper to push down the spianch as needed. Increase speed to high and blitz the mix to a smooth and luscious smoothie!
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If the smoothie is too thick for your liking, you can thin it out with more almond milk. You can also thin it out if you need more servings, but I would suggest adding more berries and a bit more cocoa powder if you're going that route. My general rule is at least one serving of fruit and one serving of veg per person being served.