Cherry Red Smoothie

Cherry Red Smoothie

Makes 2.
By Dennis W. Viau; an original recipe.

This smoothie benefits from freshly squeezed juice made with an electric juicer. I have a Breville “The Big Squeeze” juicer, but other makes and models can be used. Juicing is not a difficult process. I drank half the juice I made and used the other half to make the cherry smoothie.

Ingredients:

For the juice:
3 to 4 carrots, depending on size
2 beets
2 stalks celery (optional)
2 red apples
2 oranges
Fresh turmeric root (about 9g)
For the smoothie:
About 9 ounces (250g) fresh ripe cherries

Directions:

Wash the fruit and vegetables, peeling and trimming the beets. You can use a vegetable peeler to remove the orange skin from the oranges, leaving the white pith in place (it’s supposedly nutritious). Although not necessary, you can remove the core from the apples. Peel the turmeric root. I found the celery imparted too strong a flavor. If you dislike the flavor of celery, leave it out.

A formula I find useful is that about 1 pound 4 ounces (20 ounces/570g) of fresh produce yields 14 to 16 fluid ounces (400 to 475ml) of juice. Yield will vary. Some fruits and vegetables contain more water.

Start your electric juicer and insert pieces of produce according to the manufacturer’s directions.

You can drink some of your juice, or double the amount of cherries above and make more smoothies. Or save half the juice for making a different smoothie later (banana cherry?).

Clean and pit the cherries. Place the pitted cherries in a blender with about half the juice you made. Blend until smooth. Pour into glasses. Add ice and enjoy.

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