Imaginative kitchen creations and purely sweetened indulgences that inspire my journey and enrich my experience.These dishes are gluten-free and full of flavor, containing natural ingredients and no refined sugar.
As promised, I finally got my hands on some fresh cherries that are as sweet as they come. The first bushel, although intended for this post, disappeared before they ever made it to my kitchen because they were just that good. So the moment I purchased a second heap, I immediately removed the pits and threw them into my blender, whipping up an energy boosting beverage that is considered breakfast around here.
Smoothies have a way with me. I'm not sure there is single meal I am more devoted to than the all-encompassing, satisfying refreshment. And because it is loaded with hemp seed, coconut oil, and kale, I get just about everything my body needs to operate at optimal capacity. Instead of nut milk, I used fresh squeezed orange juice as a base and sweetener. I've been devouring all things citrus for the past couple of months, especially when it looks and tastes like this. Maybe it's the summer heat or just the season, but I swear by orange juice at this point in my life. It's a magic potion that sets my sails free.
The ruby red pigment that makes cherries so fun to look at has more than one purpose. The rich color provides high levels of antioxidants, which improve the immune system, protect the body from cardiovascular disease, and help fight cancer. Cherries contain large quanities of nutrients that help rid the liver and kidneys of toxins. Melatonin is also found in these mouthwatering gems and is known to regulate sleep patterns. I eat them because I absolutely love them, and the benefits make them that much better.
Cherry and Kale Smoothie
1 cup of fresh or frozen cherries, remove pits
1 cup of fresh squeezed orange juice
1 cup of kale leaves, chopped
2 tbs. hemp seed
1 tbs. raw coconut oil
1 cup of ice
1. Blend all ingredients together. Serve and enjoy!