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Everyone I know loves smoothie. They are easy and quick to make, you can consume them easily and on the go, and they can be made in many fun ways. One such recipe is cherry pie smoothie. If you love cherry pie, you will definitely love this smoothie. It’s just the cherry pie, but liquid! Sounds fun, right? Besides, I bet you will find most of the ingredients lying in your kitchen and thus won’t fret much about taking out time to blend this smoothie. Trust me, you can blend this awesome recipe in a couple minutes even if you are a newbie to the kitchen. The only culinary skill you need to know is how to press the pulse button on your blender. I know by now you are all excited and thrilled to read the recipe, go to your kitchen and whip this recipe up. I bet by the time you finish reading this, you will get out of your kitchen with a glass of this smoothie in your hand. Let’s see what we need, how to make it and how it turn out. Ready?
1 cup yogurt/curd
1/4th cup cherry conserve or cherry puree
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 cup crushed ice
1/4th cup water
2 tablespoon oats
Fresh cherries to garnish
Dry roast the oats to enhance their flavors. You can skip this step if you are in a hurry or like the taste of regular oats.
Grind them coarsely in a mixture and keep aside.
Pour 1 cup yogurt/curd in a blender, add cherry conserve or cherry puree, ice and pulse the blender. Don’t over blend it otherwise the ice will not be crunchy, it will turn into water.
Now add honey and water and mix it well. Pulse again, if you feel like.
Pour the mixture in a tall glass and topped with the coarsely ground oats and chopped cherries.
Your wholesome, filling and interesting breakfast is ready. Enjoy it with your morning newspaper! (Or maybe, just a spoon!)
Health Benefits/Nutritional Value
Curd/yogurt: Curd or yogurt is probiotic in nature, which means that it contains good bacteria that aid digestion and boost our metabolism.
Cherry: Cherry is a rich source of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals like calcium, phosphorus and potassium. It does not contain any sodium, thus good for people suffering from high blood pressure.
Organic Honey: Organic honey is healthy alternative to regular white sugar (contains 38.2% of fructose, 31.3% of glucose)
Oatmeals: Oatmeals are rich in fiber and protein, thus they help to lose weight. Oats also contain minerals like magnesium, phosphorus and potassium.
1 glass of smoothie contains
Calories from fat: 15
Fat: 1 g
Saturated: 0 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 119 mg
Carbohydrates: 33 g
Fiber: 3 g
Sugar 16 g
Protein: 23 g
Instead of drinking those aerated or packed unhealthy juices, it’s best to go for this quick smoothie. Being rich in dietary fiber it keeps you feeling fuller for a long time and provides roughage to the digestive system, which aids digestion and boosts metabolism. This smoothie is also a better alternative to your regular cup of tea or coffee, we always hear the disadvantages of drinking tea or coffee for first thing in the morning.
You can replace oats with granola, or any of the nutty meal like almond meal or peanut meal.
You can add fresh cherry puree.
You can replace honey with corn syrup or maple syrup.
Research has shown that people having a healthy breakfast every morning have lesser chances of stroke and other heart-related problems, compared to those who skip their breakfast. This smoothie is ready in no time and makes a great companion for breakfast. So next time when you are running late, don’t skip your breakfast, nor should you pick up something unhealthy from the street hawker, rather pulse your blender a couple times, and voila breakfast is ready! Be smart and stay healthy!
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