Love Your Heart Cherry Berry Smoothie is an easy-to-make smoothie that’s packed with ingredients to protect your heart and dairy-free probiotics for optimal gut health. It’s 100% vegan, has no added sugar, and is also gluten-free!
There’s almost nothing better than starting your day off with a delicious, creamy smoothie that makes you feel energized from head to toe and that squashes those cravings for something sugary and not-so-good for you.
Who agrees with me here? 🙂
I know that smoothies are nothing new these days, but making them with creative, healthy ingredients is something I am continuously exploring and looking to share with others. Smoothies are easy to make, can be used as an incredible vehicle for nutrition, and they’re an efficient way to take in more produce when we would otherwise be less likely to.
And while there’s nothing wrong with some of the most basic smoothie ingredients, sometimes it’s fun to give your blender a little more excitement than the ho-hum strawberry and banana smoothie…
Take for instance this Love Your Heart Cherry Berry Smoothie. It features some of the most antioxidant-rich foods that you can eat and gut-friendly probiotics all whirled into a naturally sweet, heart-healthy smoothie that tastes like dessert!
Since February is National Heart Health Month, I thought today would be a perfect chance to share a recipe that’s packed with heart-healthy ingredients.
Cherries, berries, and banana are three incredible foods for heart health, which are all found in this smoothie. They support healthy blood pressure levels, blood flow, they’re low-glycemic, and they’re packed with fiber, a not-to-miss nutrient for optimal heart health.
About the Ingredients in Cherry Berry Smoothie…
Anti-inflammatory, juicy, tart red cherries are packed with vitamin C and heart-friendly properties.
Sweet, succulent, dark sweet cherries are known to benefit gut health and digestion, reduce inflammation, support and improve heart health, and boost the mood.
Strawberries are one of the lowest sugar fruits and one of the best sources of vitamin C and other antioxidants.
Non-dairy, unsweetened vanilla almond (or cashew) milk is filled with calcium, vitamin B12, and even vitamin D and potassium.
Creamy, sweet, ripe banana is packed with enzymes, prebiotics, potassium, vitamins B3, B5, and B6, plus even more vitamin C!
Omega-3 rich fatty acids are found in anti-inflammatory ground flax and/or chia seeds which are also great for the heart since they contain fiber, antioxidants, and healthy fats shown to improve heart health, mood health,and gut health.
Vanilla-flavored plant-based protein provides a cholesterol-free, anti-inflammatory boost of amino acids, energy, and blood sugar stabilizing properties.
Women’s probiotics from UP4 Probiotics features beneficial strains of bacteria that support a balanced, healthy gut plus real cranberry powder, an amazing nutrient for a healthy urinary tract!
Speaking of UP4 Women’s probiotic, they’re one of my favorite varieties of probiotics by UP4. You all may remember that I’ve mentioned UP4 in a couple of posts before. I discovered them right before the holidays, and let me tell you, I’m so glad I did!
I’ve been taking probiotics to help me on my gut-healing journey for years now, and I truly believe that imbalanced gut bacteria is at the root of so many health issues, including many of my former ones.
Probiotics can do so many beneficial things for our gut health, immunity, digestion and absorption of nutrients, and even our moods, believe it our not. In my opinion, however, there’s far too little information out there about what to look for when choosing a high-quality probiotic option. I had to dig, research, and do much of the legwork myself when it came to finding out which probiotics would work best for me.
And, as I’ve explored the variety of probiotics on the market over the years, I’ve had some wins, some disasters, and everything in between. But never have I found a brand of probiotics that made me want to quit taking all the other ones I formally had… until I found UP4. I now exclusively use this brand and plan to continue to do so because of how much they have made a difference for me.
UP4’s probiotics are different than all of those on the market. They’re not only gluten-free, soy-free, sugar-free, shelf-stable, and GMO-free, but most all of them are also vegan and dairy-free. They also have no artificial ingredients, artificial sweeteners, or funny additives.
But the most important factor about UP4 is that they’re made from a very specific strain of bacteria known as DDS-1.
DDS-1 is an incredibly important strain of beneficial bacteria because it’s a form of the L. acidophilus strain of bacteria that supports gut health, improves digestive health, supports immunity, and more.
Although many other probiotics on the market contain L. acidophilus, the DDS-1 strain found exclusively in UP4 is what I have found to be so beneficial. I no longer suffer from bloating, pain, or other nagging issues I sometimes had occasionally while using other probiotics, which I now know (in my case) was caused by an imbalance of too much Bifidus and too little acidophilus bacteria.
I noticed a huge (almost overnight) difference when I started using UP4 probiotics and have been using them daily the last two months. I enjoy mixing them up and using a variety of the options that they offer, including the Women’s Probiotic mentioned in this recipe.
UP4 Women’s Probiotic is a fantastic option to support vaginal, urinary, and digestive health. It contains 10 Billion C.F.U’s (colony forming units of bacteria) and it’s made with real cranberry powder which you can clearly see in the capsule itself. Cranberry powder has been shown to fight unhealthy bacteria in the body, specifically helping to support optimal urinary health.
While you can take the probiotic as a supplement orally (by just swallowing it with some water), I thought I would show you how to use it in a recipe for a fun way to take your probiotics and for faster absorption. (I also used this handy trick in this anti-inflammatory smoothie and this creamy, healthy smoothie bowl.)
To use the probiotic in this recipe, I simply opened up the contents of one probiotic capsule and added it into my smoothie right after blending the other ingredients.
All you have to do is add the contents of the probiotic capsule to your smoothie in the blender by twisting open the capsule and adding it in. Blend everything together once more and there you go!
Adding the probiotic powder directly into your smoothie is fast, efficient, takes care of the issue that some people have with swallowing supplements, and it may help you absorb the bacteria easier if you have issues with digestion. Worried about the taste? Don’t be!
You’ll never taste the probiotics in this smoothie recipe, but I bet that your tummy will feel a very happy difference! 🙂
- 1/2 cup frozen cherries (I used tart cherries and dark sweet cherries)
- 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
- 1/2 a very ripe banana
- 1 cup of unsweetened non-dairy milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
- 2 tablespoons vanilla plant-based protein powder
- 1 tablespoon ground flax or chia seeds for omega-3's
- Contents of 1 probiotic capsule (I used UP4 Women's Probiotic)
- (optional): 1 tablespoon coconut flakes
- more frozen cherries, strawberries, and any raw nuts/seeds or your choice
- Add all of the smoothie ingredients to the blender in the order listed, except the probiotic. Blend until smooth and creamy.
- After you have blended all of the other ingredients, it's time to add the probiotic. Just twist open the capsule, sprinkle in the powder inside, and discard the clear, outer capsule shell. Blend everything together again.
- Scoop your smoothie (it will be thick!) into your favorite smoothie glass, add any toppings you prefer, and enjoy.
- Feel free to swap out the berries for your favorite berry. You can also use cherry berry blends of frozen fruit which can be found at any supermarket in the frozen fruit section.
- Want more nutrition? Add in 1 cup of frozen zucchini, you'll never taste it! Just be sure to add in a little water if you add in any other ingredients so that it blends properly.
Not-To-Miss Heart Health Tip:
Be sure to give your heart some love this month by including plenty of fruits, veggies, whole grains, heart-healthy fats, and plant-based protein in your diet. There are limitless options to choose from, all packed with amazing nutrients and heart-healthy benefits! They not only benefit your blood pressure, blood sugar levels, and your arteries, but they can also improve your mood, reduce inflammation, and so much more.
Also, definitely check out UP4 probiotics whenever you get a chance, especially if you’re in the market for a probiotic or looking to try a new option.
I buy my UP4 Probiotics at Target or on Amazon for a great price, but you can also look for UP4 products at a retailer near you. Since UP4 probiotics are shelf-stable, you don’t have to worry about refrigeration before opening. You can also store them in the fridge or in a dry, cool place after opening (I keep mine in the fridge).
Want some great advice regarding how to choose the right probiotic for you? Check out these handy four tips from UP4 to make the process so much easier.
And remember to take care of your hearts and tummies, friends! Fill up on the good stuff, and let me know if you try this recipe or UP4 probiotics as well. I’d love to hear from you!
Thank you to UP4 Probiotics for sponsoring this post! All opinions, text, and recipe content are mine alone.