Dark and bright, sweet cherries are an example of the best things coming in small packages. Bing cherries have been found to lower CRP (C-reactive protein) and other inflammatory markers in healthy adults, which means they can help manage and prevent inflammatory diseases. It’s hard to find fresh cherries where I live in Phoenix, so we buy organic frozen cherries at the market. Often we eat them straight from the bag like delicious orbs of frozen love from the earth. Here, they pair well with raw cacao nibs, rich in polyphenolic antioxidants and protective against oxidative stress.
Note that I use raw, pastured dairy in many of my smoothie recipes, but you can use your favorite nut milk as well. I do not recommend commercial factory farmed and pasteurized milk which is thought to be linked to asthma, allergies, and other inflammatory diseases.
- 1 Cup frozen dark sweet cherries
- 1 tablespoon raw cacao nibs
- 3 cups favorite milk ( I use fresh, raw cow or goat milk)
- 1 tsp raw honey
- 1 scoop favorite protein powder or 1 fresh pastured egg
Blend until you reach your preferred texture, I like mine with bits of cherry still intact. Enjoy!
Razi Berry, Founder and Publisher of Naturopathic Doctor News & Review (ndnr.com) and NaturalPath (thenatpath.com), has spent the last decade as a natural medicine advocate and marketing whiz. She has galvanized and supported the naturopathic community, bringing a higher quality of healthcare to millions of North Americans through her publications. A self proclaimed health-food junkie and mother of two; she loves all things nature, is obsessed with organic gardening, growing fruit trees (not easy in Phoenix), laughing until she snorts, and homeschooling. She is a little bit crunchy and yes, that is her real name.