She wore a raspberry beret

Now that I’ve got us singing – let’s talk about cherries.  What?!  I couldn’t think of any songs about cherries, but the flavor of these little red beauties makes me want to break into song.  The nutrition benefits are worth a verse or two as well, something that covers how these stone fruits may help you sleep better or help you lose weight.

I played around with a bag of frozen cherries at the beginning of the summer and was so happy with every result, it seems to be the magic ingredient, it can do no wrong in my smoothies!  BUT then there was this dry spell at Whole Foods – no frozen cherries.  No biggie, there’s lots of fun with other frozen fruits to be had, like with raspberries, BUT when I saw organic cherries back in my freezer section this week I bought not one but three bags!  Cherries are also a good source of vitamin C so toss in your spinach and enjoy all the benefits.  Here is my new favorite way to enjoy them:

1 cup frozen cherries
1 cup almond milk
1 scoop vega
1 big double handful scoop romaine
1 squirt flax
1 tsp agave

Blend away and enjoy!
Other amazing variations:
-add cacao
-try walnuts
-cacao and almond butter
-spinach

Is there a nutritionist in the house?

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As I was flipping through my fancy new cookbook this weekend, I came upon a known fact that I ALWAYS forget.  It has to do with spinach, spinach is an amazing little leaf, it has calcium and iron and loads of other great things, it also has oxalate.  Oxalate hinders the absorption of calcium and iron in the bloodstream basically reducing your raw spinach intake to some good fiber.

What the hell, right?

After some clicking around on the internet, since my fancy new cookbook did not reiterate how to unlock the full potential of your spinach, here’s what I re-learned:

Two easiest and most common ways to get your Popeye on.

1.  Light cooking – this can breakdown some of the oxalate encouraging more nutrient (calcium and iron) absorption.  The trouble here is over cook and you’ve killed the nutrients anyway.

2.  Add vitamin C –  Vitamin C blocks the oxalate from binding to the calcium and iron so they can be absorbed.  Something I’m not totally clear on are the acceptable methods for spinach and vitamin C pairing, for example there is VItamin C in my Vega and Amazing Grass powders.  I do suspect that in this instance, this combo works best with whole food, here’s a list of some foods highest in Vitamin C:

  1. Red and Green Hot Chili Peppers
  2. Guavas
  3. Bell Peppers
  4. Fresh Herbs (Thyme and Parsley)
  5. Dark Leafy Greens (Kale, Mustard Greens, Garden Cress)
  6. Broccoli, Cauliflower, Brussel Sprouts
  7. Kiwis
  8. Papaya
  9. Oranges and Clementines
  10. Strawberries