Cherry Revitalizer Smoothie + KitchenAid Stand Mixer + LeCreuset Dutch Oven Go Tart Giveaway

It’s amazing what the right smoothie can do.

This one gives me energy and makes me feel refreshed and revitalized.

Cherry Revitalizer Smoothie (vegan, GF) - Gives you energy and leaves you feeling refreshed and revitalized!

Partly because it’s not a super sweet smoothie. I used Montmorency tart cherries, which have a unique sour-sweet taste. The slight tartness wakes up my tastebuds and cuts through the cobwebs in my brain without needing to pour a cup of coffee.

It’s a great smoothie pre- or post-workout, or any time you need a little pick-me-up. It’s vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free, and packed with tons of bold flavor.

Cherry Revitalizer Smoothie (vegan, GF) - Gives you energy and leaves you feeling refreshed and revitalized!

The tart cherries are rich in vitamin A and for fruits and vegetables, a sour taste is often a cue for more phytonutrient compounds inside. Montmorency tart cherries contain anthocyanins, a flavonoid that contributes to the ruby-red color and distinguishing  taste.

Tart cherries are available in dried, frozen and juice forms so you can enjoy these superfruits year-round.

Cherry Revitalizer Smoothie (vegan, GF) - Gives you energy and leaves you feeling refreshed and revitalized!

The banana is packed with potassium, and coconut water is like nature’s sports drink and naturally balances and replenishes electrolytes.

The cherry flavor is bold yet tempered by the smooth, creamy banana. Bananas are such workhorses in smoothies. I always keep a stash of banana chunks in the freezer so I can toss a few into the blender for smoothies. No need for ice that way, either.

Cherry Revitalizer Smoothie (vegan, GF) - Gives you energy and leaves you feeling refreshed and revitalized!

I sweetened it to taste so that it’s sweet-yet-tart like a glass of lemonade should be. It’s refreshing and zingy without having to pucker up.

It’s interesting that expert trend trackers say sour is the new spicy, which will no doubt change the food industry. To learn more about going tart instead, and to find recipes and serving ideas for tart cherries, visit choosecherries.com

Cherry Revitalizer Smoothie (vegan, GF) - Gives you energy and leaves you feeling refreshed and revitalized!

Cherry Revitalizer Smoothie (vegan, GF) - Gives you energy and leaves you feeling refreshed and revitalized!

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Cherry Revitalizer Smoothie (vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free)

This smoothie gives me energy and makes me feel refreshed and revitalized. It's vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free, and packed with tons of bold cherry flavor, tempered by smooth, creamy banana. It's zingy and wakes me up, without having to pucker up. Tart cherries are rich in Vitamin A, the banana has potassium, and coconut water is a natural electrolyte replenisher, making it a great choice pre- or post-workout, or anytime you need a little pick-me-up.

Yield: about 48 ounces, serves 2 generously, 4 modestly

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 2 minutes

Ingredients:

2 cups Montmorency tart cherries, frozen
2 medium/large ripe bananas (previously frozen in chunks is ideal)
1 cup coconut water (water may be substituted)
1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
sweetener, to taste (granulated sugar, agave, stevia, zero-calorie sweetener, etc.)

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in the canister of a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
  2. Serve immediately. Extra portions may be frozen in freezer-safe (plastic) glasses for up to 3 months. Allow to soften at room temp before serving.

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Le Creuset 4.5- Quart Dutch Oven

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I was asked to participate in the National Cherry Month #GoTart Campaign as a member of the Healthy Aperture Blogger Network. I received free samples of tart cherries mentioned in this post from the Cherry Marketing Institute. I was compensated for my time. Opinions expressed are my own. #GoTart Giveaway

   

571 Responses to “Cherry Revitalizer Smoothie + KitchenAid Stand Mixer + LeCreuset Dutch Oven Go Tart Giveaway”

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    Karen Psiaki — February 25, 2014 at 12:12 am

    When I was an athlete at Cornell University in 2007-2009, they were already having us drink tart cherry juice after workouts. Guess it’s catching on everywhere now! #awesomesnack #works

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    Kelly D. — February 25, 2014 at 10:54 am

    I have not added cherry juice to my Vitamix smoothies yet, but I will now.

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    Franchesca — February 25, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    This stuff matches everything so perfectly! Let’s go cherry!
    #GoTart

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    Dawn — February 25, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    Once I saw your recipe for the cherry smoothie I’ve been making them often. Love the tartness of the cherries!

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    Laura Witte — February 25, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    I love using tart cherries to make Cherry Cobbler!

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    Joey Simmonds — February 26, 2014 at 4:01 am

    Black Cherry juice is good for arthritis also.

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    Hannah M. — February 26, 2014 at 5:19 am

    I love dried tart cherries in oatmeal or homemade granola!

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    Megan K — February 26, 2014 at 5:46 am

    I like Cherry Limeade!

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    Amanda Sakovitz — February 26, 2014 at 6:25 am

    I would love to try them in a pie!

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    Leah — February 26, 2014 at 7:30 am

    In a cherry pie!

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    Sandra Tsai — February 26, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Never thought of putting cherries in my smoothies!

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    Charlotte Loftus — February 26, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    I love using unflavored gelatin and tart cherry juice to make a post-workout treat, but I’ll try this recipe too.

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    Chara — February 26, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Love the bright red color of this smoothie!

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    Barbara Mc / Whenihave Time — February 26, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    I haven’t been able to find it here but sure would love to try it!

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    Maria C — February 26, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    With cherry pie and delicious jam :)

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    Annette — February 27, 2014 at 9:11 am

    I can’t say that I’ve had tart cherries, but if I did then it was in a pie. #GoTart

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    Milica — February 27, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Just please, please, please, please. 100 times pleeeeease. I neeeed KitchenAid

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    Courtney Stirmel — February 27, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    I love cherries, and love adding them to recipes for added flavor! I cannot wait to try Tart in smoothies, and everything else! :) #GOTART

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    Thomas Murphy — February 27, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    I like cherry pie.

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    Jessica — March 15, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Can’t wait to try this for my vegan toddler – he loves smoothies but has allergies. Perfect for mama too!

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    Rachel — May 23, 2014 at 4:56 am

    I have a tree in my front yard that grows only cherries that are sour, not sweet idk if that will work

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