Cherry Berry Smoothie from Green Smoothie Joy

As January comes to a close, I know that a good half of the bloggers I follow were doing green smoothie diets this month. I, however, wasn’t. Like with anything, it takes me awhile to warm up to new foods/ideas. I am sure I can get to where I not only tolerate, but like them. is going to be a hard bridge to cross. While I like spinach in smoothies, things like spirulina and I are just not friends (this tale of woe goes to my Mom’s back-to-nature friend Tami, who was obsessed in the early 80’s with it. I hated being at her house. The green drinks never ceased. Hers never tasted like these, I can tell you!)


Having received two new smoothie books this month for review, I sat down and told myself to get cracking. After all, I have a high-speed blender, so quit making excuses.

As I read Green Smoothie Joy: Recipes for Living, Loving, and Juicing Green, I realized I could cheat…hehe. And build myself up to full-on green smoothies. Cressida’s recipes are friendly to new and experienced, with a vast assortment of flavors. The book is split into easy-to-read sections, starting with a how-to, then dipping into green smoothie recipes. Following it is a section on juicer/blender combo recipes. fruit-based smoothies, ones with yogurt, green smoothies that will fill you up and finally, the yummy ‘dessert’ smoothies (that my Teen will love).


One feature I liked was the size of the book, it is easy to hold while grabbing ingredients. The many full-color photos inspire one to love greens. Well, eventually they will 😉

I decided on a smoothie I wouldn’t make normally if Kirk was going to enjoy it with me. He isn’t a fan of seeds, so I leave items such as blackberries and raspberries out. I happen to love them. Even though my stomach doesn’t. If we want to talk about no self-control, it is me and fresh berries. A half-flat of raspberries? I’ll eat (gobble) them and then end up with a really bad gut ache an hour later. Huckleberries when hiking? Again, once I start eating them it is nearly impossible to stop. The gut ache is somehow worth it. Well, if I blend the same berries until smooth I don’t get the tummy ache. Same with apples and so on. It was something I noticed recently. I can eat what I love and not have the pain after. Hmmm, maybe this smoothie thing is a good thing. No stomach bloat? Easy digestion? I am listening! Maybe, next thing you know, I’ll be sipping on liquid spinach…..


Cherry Berry Smoothie (From page 135)


  • 2 cups cherries, pitted (used unsweetened frozen)
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 cup raspberries, fresh or unsweetened frozen
  • 1 organic apple, cored
  • 1 Tbsp dark chocolate chips or cacao nibs
  • 6 ice cubes
  • Water (see below)


Add everything to a high-speed blender, pour in ½ cup filtered water. Process on high, tamping, until smooth. Add more water as desired – with frozen cherries mine was thick and frosty, wide-straw ready.

Makes about 32 ounces, so 2 full size servings or 1 massive jug.


I used an organic apple, scrubbed, leaving the peel on for more fiber. If your apple isn’t organic, I would recommend that you peel it first.


FTC Disclaimer: We received a copy of the book for potential review.



  1. Awesome! We are both on the cherry wave today! This looks the addition of the apple. Apples are my very favorite fruit! Gorgeous color 🙂

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