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Need Energy? Make a Cherry-Banana Smoothie!

Nothing is better when you need a bit of an energy boost than a delicious smoothie! You can make it packed with nutrients and refreshing - it’s the perfect thing to kick you back into work mode when that afternoon slump strikes. 

A cherry-banana smoothie is especially good for tiredness because both fruits help to boost your energy levels. Cherries contain natural sugars that jolt your energy, give you a sweet fix and improve your mood. They’re also really good for digestion and your heart. A good tip is to try tart cherries as these contain more of their healthy content. When you combine potassium-rich bananas to cherries, you amplify their power, which is what this delicious smoothie is all about. Bananas help to supply your body with the sugars it requires. It contains glucose that zooms into your blood and helps give you that punch of energy you need when you want to improve your concentration levels. Added to this, it also contains fructose - this takes longer to get absorbed into the body so that you can feel energized for a bit longer. The best thing about this cherry-banana smoothie is that it will only take minutes to make and you can have it on the go, zapping slack energy levels fast! 

What you’ll need:

  • 2 cups fresh cherries
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup water (or you could use coconut water if you prefer) 
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

How to Make it

  • 1. Simply take all the ingredients and blend them until the mixture has a smooth consistency. 

Smoothie Tip: For an extra burst of freshness, shred some mint leaves and add them to the mixture. Even just the smell of mint can have the effect of making you feel more awake and renewed!

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  1. Veganara
    Voted. Sounds delicious! i never thought that cherries and bananas combined could help boost energy levels. I know cherries are good for the nervous system though - they have them in some insomnia remedies, because they have a calming effect apparently (thus helping you sleep, rather than keeping you awake!)


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