Smoothies are a wonderful way to supercharge your mornings with energizing nutrients.

I made this Tart Cherry Protein Smoothie the night before and kept it in the fridge so I could ensure a healthy meal for my morning commute to work. It’s not ideal to eat on the run, but if you must, choose a food that is easily digestible to take the burden off of your digestive tract.

I like to top my smoothies with a little crunch so that I don’t forget to CHEW…

Why would we ever need to chew our smoothies you ask?

This helps with digestion because when we chew our food we release the enzyme, salivary amylase, in our mouth that catalyzes the breakdown of carbohydrates – and this smoothie is full of healthy carbs in the form of fiber and natural occurring sugars!

Adding cherries to a smoothie is a little out of the ordinary for me, but this time last year I found out I had Uric Acid crystals in my blood.

I had paid to have something called Live Blood Cell Microscopy done. This involves a simple prick of the finger, where they take a small drop of blood and look at it under the microscope. Since the blood is still “living” at this time you can see your blood cells moving around on the slide. This provides fool proof of exactly what is happening at the cellular at that exact moment in time. Luckily, my blood was very energetic, but we found a few Uric Acid crystals floating around.

This likely would be the result of eating dairy, which is quite acidic and something I have a sensitivity to but continued to eat anyway. A build-up of Uric Acid can lead to a painful condition called Gout, which usually presents itself by severe and painful swelling in the big toe or other joints. I have heard that even the weight of a simple bed sheet touching ones toe when they have a gout attack is excruciating. So, even though I did not have gout, I decided to take all the preventative measures I could to eradicate this build-up from my body.

Eating tart cherries helps our bodies expel Uric acid and can lesson the symptoms during a Gout attack.

Please note that tart cherries are not the same as maraschino cherries or cherries that you find in desserts. These are full of harmful red dyes and should not be consumed – pretty much ever! So try and stick with fresh cherries or drink cold pressed tart cherry juice, they taste amazing and fit wonderfully in this smoothie. I can’t wait to have my blood examined again and see all the progress I have made.

RECIPE:

  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup tart cherries
  • 1/2 cup organic raspberries
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seeds
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop fermented vegan protein powder

Top with water, blend until smooth and enjoy!

Katie Israelson

Katie Israelson

Certified Nutritional Practitioner at Refresh Natural Health
I like to bring an organic and honest yet humorous approach to my counselling and writing. I believe in the importance of nourishing the soul and body, and hope to provide support for those open to my quirky yet insightful anecdotes. By embracing my own challenges with food sensitivities, hormone balancing, and weight management (believe me, this is an ongoing battle) I hope to connect with my readers on a personal level.

As a newbie blogger, I am here to let you know we are not alone in our struggles, challenges or successes. Everyone has a story. Regardless of setbacks we are powerful human beings, capable of achieving greatness. So may we rise up, and walk this road together.
Katie Israelson