The ultimate chocolate cherry sensation, this Fab Four smoothie is the perfect combo of protein, fat, fiber and greens. It’ll tickle your tastebuds and keep you full for hours.
I was never much of a fan of cherries until I met my husband. He loves cherries and I’ve come to learn that I do too. What I don’t like is the taste of artificial cherry flavor. But real cherries – they’re amazing.
Plus cherries are really, really good for you! Not only do they contain an array of powerful plant compounds that can help reduce inflammation, but eating them may improve sleep, boost heart health, and speed recovery after exercise.
Both the sweet and sour cherry varieties have a number of health benefits that make them a really great addition to your diet. They’ve even landed a spot on the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR)’s Foods that Fight Cancer.
I buy organic frozen cherries at either Trader Joes, Sprouts or Whole Foods.
Extra Nutrition: Blender Bombs & Vital Proteins Collagen
I always drop a Blender Bomb into my smoothies, but if you don’t have one, don’t fret. Blender Bombs are pre-portioned nuggets that you can drop into your blender (along with fruit, greens and liquid) for a nutritional boost. They are plant-based, gluten-free and made with real food ingredients. They’re currently available online, from Thrive Market or at Cost Plus World Markets, and will keep unrefrigerated for three weeks and longer in the freezer. You can read my full review of Blender Bombs HERE.
The other smoothie ingredient I can’t live without is Vital Proteins Collagen. I use the dark chocolate flavor in this recipe but you could also use the vanilla or the unflavored collagen peptides. All of them will give you a boost of added protein, as well as all of the other benefits of collagen such as a healthy gut, stronger hair and nails, etc. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and helps give structure to our hair, skin, nails, bones, ligaments and tendons in our body.
All About Fab Four Smoothies
The Fab Four framework (protein, fat, fiber and greens) was developed by celebrity nutritionist and best-selling author Kelly Leveque in her book “Body Love.” Fab Four meals turn off hunger hormones, squelch inflammation, and provide the body with the perfect complete meal of essential nutrients. The Fab Four provides the structure for eating healthy without “eat” and “do not eat” lists.
Kelly created the Fab Four Smoothie formula to help her clients build a low sugar meal replacement smoothie. This is very different from the many juice shops, grocery smoothie bars and smoothie recipes online, which can be loaded with sugar, specifically fructose sugar from excess fruit, agave, dates, and juice. When it comes to energy, skin health, and weight loss, the #fab4smoothie is the key! The Fab Four formula limits fruit and instead helps you fill up on protein, fat, fiber and greens which naturally help to elongate and balance your blood sugar curve.
You can learn more about healthy Fab Four Smoothies and see my other recipes HERE.
This delicious Chocolate Cherry Fab Four smoothie combines protein, healthy fat, fiber and greens to tickle your tastebuds and keep you full for hours.
- 1/4 cup frozen organic cherries
- 1/4 of a frozen banana
- handful of spinach or kale
- 1 scoop chocolate collagen peptides
- 1/2 teaspoon cacao nibbs
- 1 tablespoon nut butter
- (optional) Blender Bomb
- 1 – 2 cups of almond, coconut or oat milk
Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 2 minutes
- Category: recipe
- Method: blender
- Cuisine: smoothie
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