Dark Forrest Cherry Smoothie

Drink luscious cherries, cocoa, frozen banana, spinach, and almond milk in a glass. Blend this iconic cherry smoothie to supercharge your body.

April 1, 2021 by Bianca Soriano. Made with Canva.

Hey, the Dark Forrest Cherry Smoothie is our new smoothie STAR!

My favorite cake flavor inspired this chocolate cherry smoothie: the Dark Forrest ganache from Red Ribbon bakery in the Philippines.

Cocoa has so many health benefits, including “reducing appetite” and promoting “feelings of fullness”. Source: Healthline

Cocoa is “abundant in flavanols, which have potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects” Source: Healthline

Cocoa may even “improve nitric oxide levels in the blood, which can enhance the function of your blood vessels and reduce blood pressure“. Source: Healthline

It might reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke. Source: Healthline

Cocoa may reduce your risk of neurodegenerative diseases by improving brain function and blood flow. Source: Healthline

As a pre-med student studying Nutritional Science, I’m going to need ALL the brain power I can get from cacao and other superfoods.

Cacao may even improve mood and symptoms of depression Source: Healthline

Drink this chocolate based smoothie if you are experiencing mood changes.

I hope you love these two iconic cherry smoothie recipes as much as I do!

XOXO,

Bianca

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Option 1: Ultra Dark Forrest Cherry Smoothie

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5 ingredients for Ultra Dark Forrest Cherry Smoothie

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup frozen banana
  • 1 handful spinach (don’t worry, it has no taste)
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup frozen cherries

Supercharge your smoothie with these optional ingredients

  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 scoop pea protein powder
  • 2 scoops collagen
  • 1 tbsp flaxmeal

Enjoy this super special and iconic flavors of cocoa and cherries. Reset your cravings with ultra dark coca powder. This darling cherry smoothie only has 5 ingredients: almond milk, banana, spinach, cherries, cocoa. Print Recipe Pin Recipe Prep Time 5 mins Course Breakfast, smoothie Servings 1

Equipment

  • Blender

Ingredients  

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup banana frozen, ripened
  • 1 handful spinach
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup cherries frozen

Instructions 

  • Add all ingredients to a blender. Blend for 1 minute or until smooth.

Video

Notes

Optional ingredients to supercharge your Ultra Dark Forrest Cherry Smoothie: 1 tbsp almond butter 1 scoop pea protein powder 2 scoops collagen 1 tsbp flaxmeal   Add more almond milk for a thinner consistency.    Keyword almond butter, almond milk, banana, cherries, cocoa powder, collagen, flax meal, pea protein powder, spinach

Option 1: Ultra Dark Forrest Cherry Smoothie

Enjoy this super special and iconic flavors of cocoa and cherries. Reset your cravings with ultra dark coca powder. This darling cherry smoothie only has 5 ingredients: almond milk, banana, spinach, cherries, cocoa.

  • Blender
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup banana (frozen, ripened)
  • 1 handful spinach
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup cherries (frozen)
  1. Add all ingredients to a blender. Blend for 1 minute or until smooth.

Optional ingredients to supercharge your Ultra Dark Forrest Cherry Smoothie:

1 tbsp almond butter

1 scoop pea protein powder

2 scoops collagen

1 tsbp flaxmeal

 

Add more almond milk for a thinner consistency. 

 

Breakfast, smoothie
almond butter, almond milk, banana, cherries, cocoa powder, collagen, flax meal, pea protein powder, spinach

Option 2: Luscious Cherry Smoothie

Only 3 Ingredients for the Lucious Cherry Smoothie

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup cherries
  • 1 cup banana

Rich 3 Ingredient Cherry Smoothie with almond milk, cherries, and bananas. It kind of tastes like cherry ice cream. Print Recipe Pin Recipe Prep Time 5 mins Course Breakfast, smoothie Servings 1

Equipment

  • Blender

Ingredients  

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup cherries frozen
  • 1 cup banana frozen

Instructions 

  • Add all ingredients to a blender. Blend for 1 minute or until smooth.

Video

Notes

You can add extra almond milk for a thinner consistency.  Keyword almond milk, banana, cherries

Option 2: Luscious Cherry Smoothie

Rich 3 Ingredient Cherry Smoothie with almond milk, cherries, and bananas. It kind of tastes like cherry ice cream.

  • Blender
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup cherries (frozen)
  • 1 cup banana (frozen)
  1. Add all ingredients to a blender. Blend for 1 minute or until smooth.

You can add extra almond milk for a thinner consistency. 

Breakfast, smoothie
almond milk, banana, cherries
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by Bianca Soriano. April 1, 2021. Processed with VSCO with preset

Carolina Gold Tofu

Recipe

Prep Time 10 mins Cook Time 40 mins Total Time 50 mins Course Main Course, Side Dish Servings 2

Equipment

  • skillet

Ingredients  

  • 1/3 cup olive oil or canola oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 package firm tofu
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/3 cup Trader Joe’s Carolina Gold sauce add more or less depending on your preference

Instructions 

  • Heat skillet to medium low-high*. Coat bottom of pan with oil.
  • Wash and slice tofu into rectangles into about 1/4 of an inch. Dry tofu on paper towel.
  • Add salt and pepper to tofu.
  • Carefully fry tofu in pan until one side is golden brown. Flip tofu and cook the other side until golden brown.**
  • Coat tofu with Trader Joe’s Carolina Gold sauce. Cook for additional 5-10 minutes or until sauce has caramelized. Repeat process for other side.
  • Remove tofu from skillet. Serve tofu with fresh vegetables and rice.

Notes

*If using canola oil or vegetable oil, heat skillet to medium high. **Cook times vary: If using olive oil, cook one side for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Flip and cook the other side for 10 minutes. If using canola or vegetable oil, cook for about 10 minutes or until golden brown. Flip and cook for another 10 minutes. 

Keyword glazed, olive oil, pepper, salt, tofu, trader joes

Trader Joe’s Inspired Golden Glazed Tofu

Make glazed tofu with Trader Joe's Carolina Gold sauce. Use olive oil, tofu, salt, pepper, and Trader Joe's Carolina Gold sauce to make this easy recipe. Serve with fresh vegetables and rice.

  • skillet
  • 1/3 cup olive oil (or canola oil or vegetable oil)
  • 1 package firm tofu
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/3 cup Trader Joe's Carolina Gold sauce (add more or less depending on your preference)
  1. Heat skillet to medium low-high*. Coat bottom of pan with oil.

  2. Wash and slice tofu into rectangles into about 1/4 of an inch. Dry tofu on paper towel.

  3. Add salt and pepper to tofu.

  4. Carefully fry tofu in pan until one side is golden brown. Flip tofu and cook the other side until golden brown.**

  5. Coat tofu with Trader Joe's Carolina Gold sauce. Cook for additional 5-10 minutes or until sauce has caramelized. Repeat process for other side.

  6. Remove tofu from skillet. Serve tofu with fresh vegetables and rice.

*If using canola oil or vegetable oil, heat skillet to medium high.

**Cook times vary: If using olive oil, cook one side for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Flip and cook the other side for 10 minutes. If using canola or vegetable oil, cook for about 10 minutes or until golden brown. Flip and cook for another 10 minutes. 

Frying tofu is chaotic sometimes. Cook times vary because of varying oils and heat settings. I used olive oil in this recipe to keep it healthy. I also did not deep fry the tofu for the same reason. Cook the tofu however you want it. The rule of thumb is to cook it until golden brown. 

 

Main Course, Side Dish
glazed, olive oil, pepper, salt, tofu, trader joes



Strawberry Protein Smoothie

Prep Time 5 mins Course Breakfast, smoothie Servings 1

Equipment

  • Blender

Ingredients  

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1/3 cup strawberries or 2 large strawberries
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 scoop pea protein powder

Instructions 

  • Put all ingredients in a blender. Blend for 1 minute or until smooth.

Simplest 5 Ingredient Strawberry Protein Smoothie Ever

  • Blender
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1/3 cup strawberries (or 2 large strawberries)
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 scoop pea protein powder
  1. Put all ingredients in a blender. Blend for 1 minute or until smooth.

Breakfast, smoothie
almond butter, almond milk, banana, pea protein powder, strawberry

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XOXO,

Bianca