This flavorful protein-packed Tart Cherry Smoothie Bowl makes the perfect post-workout meal! It's easy to throw together and combines quality protein with nutrient-dense sources of carbohydrates to replenish your energy stores. Not to mention, it's crazy delicious!!
I love the texture of smoothie bowls. I'd much rather eat my food than drink it, so I prefer a creamy smoothie bowl over a protein shake for a mixer-made meal. Another favorite is this Blueberry Chocolate smoothie bowl recipe made with frozen wild blueberries and blueberry juice. It tastes decadent, more like a sinful treat than an antioxidant-rich healthy meal.
A Tart Cherry Smoothie Bowl Makes A Great Summer Meal!
These smoothie bowls are perfect for the summertime when you want to keep the oven off and the kitchen cool. I don't know about you, but I don't feel like making big meals in the summer months. I love big salads with lean protein and healthy fat sources, like this super delicious Salmon Salad with Fresh Blueberry Vinaigrette, Low Carb Burger Salad (like a Big Mac in a bowl but much healthier!) or a hearty grain bowl like this Mediterranean Chicken Spinach Quinoa Salad. So nutritious and tasty!
I made this recipe with post-workout recovery in mind. I included quality protein from the Greek yogurt, whey protein for the muscle-building benefits and tart cherry juice and frozen cherries for muscle recovery. Studies have shown a reduction in oxidative stress and inflammation in subjects that consumed tart cherry juice after exercise, as explained by my friend and fellow Beef Expert Bureau member, Toby Amidor MS, RD, CDN in this article from Today's Dietitian.
My son loves to drink a few ounces of tart cherry juice after a long run. Have you given it a try? It makes a tasty addition to protein shakes and smoothie bowls and the flavor variations are endless. If you come up with a favorite combo, please share it with me in the comments or on social media!
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High Protein Tart Cherry Smoothie Bowl
- ¾ cup frozen cherries
- 6 oz plain Greek yogurt
- 28 g unflavored whey protein powder
- ½ frozen banana
- 2 tablespoon tart cherry juice
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3-4 drops stevia or 1 single serving packet of stevia
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
- 1 teaspoon cacao nibs
- Add first 7 ingredients into a powerful mixer or Vitamix. Blend until smooth and creamy. Pour into a bowl and add toppings, if desired.