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Betsy's Healthy Cherry Smoothie

I'm just back from a cherry festival and my freezer is filled with delicious local cherries. I adore July and cherries are a special treat every year.

Healthy Cherry Smoothie

As a menopausal woman who was labeled as "pre-diabetic" and "high cholesterol" last year, I've been doing everything I can to manage my situation naturally. I was already exercising daily and eating a low calorie diet, which was infuriating.

I turned the anger into curiosity and wore a continuous glucose monitor (at my expense from to experiment with food combinations to notice my reaction to different foods. As I found ways to get more daily fiber, healthy fats and protein, I saw my glucose decline and become very stable day after day. Eating sweet cherries by themselves can send my blood sugar skyrocketing, but I also learned sour cherries were never a problem. I love their tart flavor.

The recipe below has become a new favorite for stable glucose, more fiber, and lasting satisfaction after a strength training workout. I'm eating more calories and healthy fats, yet losing inches and weight while staying surprisingly satisfied. If you use Brazil nuts in this recipe, you get 270 micrograms of micronutrient selenium, which is both an antioxidant and assists with healthy glucose metabolism according to Casey Means MD, author of Good Energy. MCT oil (a small particle fraction of coconut oil) is another helpful addition that is easy to digest and satisfies my hunger for hours.

Put the following into a blender and liquify

1 C filtered water

1 scoop Orgaine Organic Vanilla Protein Powder

1/2 C sour cherries (or berries of your choice)

1/2 C frozen riced cauliflower (fiber boost you'll never notice!)

1 T chia seeds

4 Brazil Nuts or raw Cashews (or 1 T Almond Butter)

1/4 tsp organic almond extract

1 T balsamic vinegar

1 Tsp MCT Oil (optional)

Contains approx. 420 calories, 23 grams protein, 27 grams fat, 28 grams carbohydrates and 10 g fiber

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