With the avalanche of cherries in the stores this summer, I have pretty much been buying them at every trip to the grocery store. Fresh and just popped in the mouth, these juicy sweet drupes are seriously addictive. That said, an insatiate thirst for yet another youth elixir, beckoned my creative juices for another smoothie concoction. Melded with kale and ginger, cherries provide an energizing detoxifying power-packed experience. I say experience because a good smoothie is not merely a drink, it is the kind of drink that tells a story in every sip, tickles your belly and makes you want to slurp more and more even though you are full. This is the kind of smoothie I love to enjoy on weekend mornings while I eagerly prepare brunch.
Cherry Kale Power-Packed Smoothie (serves 2)
5 stems curly kale (remove middle stem, cut leaves into small pieces)
10 - 12 fresh sweet cherries (pitted)
1/2 inch cube fresh ginger
1 medjool date
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon pumpkin seeds
Water to thin out
Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a tall glass and gulp!