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Very Berry Cherry Protein Smoothie

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Tart cherries are known to be one of nature’s superfoods, containing powerful amounts of antioxidants. Learn more about the health benefits of consuming tart cherry juice, plus how to incorporate them into your diet with this very berry cherry protein smoothie recipe!

Very Berry Cherry Protein Smoothie made with tart cherry juice and hemp hearts! // FitLiving #vegan #recipe #smoothie

If you follow me on Instagram, then you know that I love a good smoothie. I’ve even deemed Saturdays as #smoothiesaturday to share yummy smoothie recipes with you all so that you too can take part in the goodness.

What goodness am I talking about? When I started incorporating more fruits and vegetables into my diet, I started with green smoothies. They are easy to assemble, pack a lot of nutritional punch in one glass and the taste never gets boring with so many flavor combinations.

This is also when I started to notice health improvements including increased energy, clearer and brighter skin and greater clarity. As I started making smoothies almost daily, I got increasingly interested in the superfood add ins that could really take them up a notch. You may even remember when I wrote about it here!

very berry cherry protein smoothie

While I’ve played with maca powder, spirulina, hemp seeds, chia seeds (the list could go on), there’s still one that I hadn’t tried yet – tart cherry juice concentrate. As I was browsing the Swanson Health Products website (my go to source for health foods I might not find in the store), I saw it and I knew that I just had to have it. Is it weird that I feel that way about foods? Probably.

This very berry cherry protein smoothie (try saying that 5 times!) is great to whip up when you want a little immunity boost and are feeling under the weather, need to replenish your muscles after exercising, or just want something that tastes amazing and just so happens to be insanely nutritious. Speaking of…

Nutritional Spotlight: Tart Cherry Juice Concentrate

As the name implies, tart cherries are often too sour to be consumed as a whole fruit, which is why it is often seen in the form of juice or juice concentrate.  I like the thought of using the concentrate instead of the juice because you’re getting more bang for your buck by consuming a smaller amount, but reaping maximum benefits.

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So just what are the health benefits of tart cherry juice? Tart cherries, aka nature’s superfood fruit, is packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients. They are also a rich source of phytonutrients, a disease fighting agent found in plant-based foods, and gets its deep red hue from a specific class called “anthocyanins”. These specific phytonutrients are known to fight against cancer, improve nerve function and support healthy circulation of the blood.

The anti-inflammatory nutrients found in tart cherry juice have sparked research studies as it relates to athletic performance. Studies show that those who regularly consume tart cherry juice experience less muscle-damaging symptoms of exercise including soreness, inflammation and even post-race pain.

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Verry Berry Cherry Protein Smoothie

This very berry cherry protein smoothie is like a nutritional goldmine in a glass! It has bananas, berries, beets, tart cherry juice, spinach and hemp seeds (for a little extra protein power) that are all blended together with almond milk to make a deliciously sweet and creamy smoothie.

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This very berry cherry protein smoothie is a great go-to breakfast in the morning (and can even be made ahead and stored in the fridge!) or a post-workout treat. Cheers!

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Verry Berry Cherry Protein Smoothie



  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1 medium beet, peeled and cut into cubes
  • Handful of spinach
  • 3 tablespoons hemp seeds
  • 1 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 4 tablespoons tart cherry juice concentrate


  1. Blend all ingredients until smooth and creamy. Enjoy!

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If you want to give this recipe a try, but have a hard time finding tart cherry juice, check out Swanson Health Products!

*This post was sponsored by Swanson Health Products and I received compensation for this post. All opinions are my own. You can read more about my policies, here.

The recipe is part of the Meatless Monday link up hosted by The Fit Foodie Mama and Running on Happy, as well as Meatless Monday hosted by Confessions of a Mother Runner and A Whisk and Two Wands.

So tell me, what are your favorite smoothie add ins? Have you ever tried tart cherry juice?

-Carly Paige

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  1. Ohhhh this made me hungry! I also love making a smoothie for bfast in the morning and adding protein powder to it to keep me full until lunch time. I didnt know all of this about tart cherries and it looks so delicious i may have to pick some up today after work 🙂

    1. Hope you love it! The hemp hearts in the recipe also give it a boost of protein. I’ve made this the night before and stuck it in the fridge in a mason jar. The next morning, give it a quick shake and it is delicious!

    1. Thanks, Candy! The berries and almond milk help balance out the tartness of the cherry juice. But it’s actually pretty sweet since it’s a concentrate 🙂

  2. Yum, yum, yum!! Your food pictures always look so bright and delicious. I’m not a huge cherry person but this actually look sooo good.

  3. Yum!! I love smoothies and this looks right up my alley. I’ll definitely be looking into making these. I think smoothies are my ticket to being more healthy since I actually really love them 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  4. Very berry and very beautiful! I love it, and of course smoothies! I have been in a rut of making my favs and not many new ones. I love the idea of smoothie Saturdays, I might have to talk to the girls about that since they are huge smoothie fans too! Tart cherries and tart cherry smoothies are one of my favorites for when I workout in the evening instead of getting in my usual morning workout. I actually have tart cherry juice on my shopping list for this week. I was going to get it last week but forgot so I’ve been using frozen tart cherries but they won’t work for what I had wanted it for.
    Thank you for linking up with Deborah and I for Meatless Monday!

    1. Of course! You should definitely look into implementing smoothie saturdays at your house and trying a new smoothie each week!

  5. The color on this is gorgeous. I’m a lover of beets and cherries in smoothies, I know I’d love this recipe!

  6. i absolutely love tart cherries! This made my mouth pucker just thinking about it! I tried making a smoothie for my husband this weekend and it turned out terrible, so I need to make it up to him! lol Thanks for sharing!

  7. I never would have thought to use beet. To be honest, I have never used beet in anything before – but this looks amazing!!

    1. Oh, I love beets! They are so good roasted and then when I have some going bad in the fridge, I peel them, chop them and freeze them for smoothies!