Secretly Healthy Cherry-Peach Smoothies

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Fresh fruit, berries, yogurt, and yes – spinach! – are blended to make light and refreshing Secretly Healthy Cherry-Peach Smoothies!

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Oh hi. Yep, STILL JUST ME HERE.

We’ve tried eggplant, pineapple, spicy foods (which, side note, I think I might be a Pancheros convert. You can add queso to your burrito…!) and a seriously long walk, yet nothin’. No baby! It’s fine, I’ve come to terms with it. Nobody stayed pregnant forever so until that special day comes, we wait…

And sip luxurious, Secretly Healthy Cherry-Peach Smoothies!

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So I went a little crazy at the grocery store last weekend, buying enough produce to feed a family of 10 for at least a week. I just can’t help myself around this time of year when fresh fruits and veggies are so inexpensive and abundant they’re practically giving ‘em away.

That being said, Ben and I are now in a race against the clock to polish off a fridge and counter top full of of raspberries, sweet corn, asparagus, zucchini, lettuce, tomatoes, avocados, pineapple, peaches, plums, and cherries. No seriously. These use or lose items all need to be eaten (or frozen, I suppose) before we leave for the 3-4 day hospital stay that’s looming in our very near future.

Tonight we’re having a clean out the fridge night where many of the aforementioned ingredients are destined to sit atop a bed of lettuce after a date with my chef’s knife, and for breakfast I’ve been enjoying these Secretly Healthy Cherry-Peach Smoothies which combine fresh cherries, peaches, and Greek yogurt (’cause Lord knows I still have enough yogurt!) with a secret healthy ingredient – baby spinach!

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If you’ve ever had my Top Secret Diet Weapon Smoothie then you can attest to the fact that you truly can’t taste baby spinach when it’s blended into smoothies with a few sweet ingredients, which is great because spinach is fabulous low-cal, fat-free way to add a ton of essential vitamins and minerals to your diet.

If the kermit-color freaks you out though, this smoothie is for you. While the summery-sweet flavor of cherries and peaches mask any subtle spinach flavor, the deep crimson color of the cherries also nixes any and all shades of bright green that the healthy addition would otherwise bring to the table. PLUS did you know that cherries are full of antioxidants and help reduce swelling associated with arthritis? My knuckles, which feel like those of someone twice my age from pregnancy-induced carpal tunnel (I know) are seriously pleased. Secretly healthy smoothies, for the win!

Gosh I’m chatty. Maybe this is the burst of energy I’ve been hearing about before the onset of labor?!

Anywho, the recipe is simple, as all good smoothies should be.

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Start by scooping 6oz Black Cherry or Peach Greek Yogurt into a blender which provides a rich creaminess and protein, aka staying power, to the smoothie.

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Next add 1 cup pitted cherries – fresh or frozen – just make sure they’re sweet not sour cherries.

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Like I said I went absolutely bonkers for produce this weekend, and especially for cherries. Not only did I buy a pallet from Costco but I also felt the need to buy a giant bag from the regular grocery store when I saw their cherries were on sale for $1.98/lb. Madness, I tell you!

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Next add 1 sliced peach, or 1 cup frozen peach slices. The peaches are so sweet this time of year that I opted for fresh. Yum!

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Finally add 1 – 2 cups baby spinach on top – fresh or frozen. If you’ve never tried adding spinach to your smoothies, I’d start at 1 cup and work your way up just in case you think you can taste it (which I promise you won’t.)

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A word on frozen spinach – I have never used pre-frozen spinach from the carton in my smoothies. I’m sure it’s fine, but I prefer to freeze baby spinach myself in a freezer bag and just use that. It’s easier to pull out a cup or two instead of having to hack off a portion of the frozen cube.

I like to stock up when the store is having a 2/$4 or 2/$3 sale and freeze a few bags for easy smoothie additions when I need ‘em.

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Finally add 1/4 cup milk – any kind will do. If you used frozen cherries and/or peaches you may need a touch more to get the smoothie goin’.

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Place a lid on top of the blender and let ‘er rip!

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Sweet, decadent, and seriously (shh – secretly!) healthy!

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Cherry-Peach Smoothies

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Serves 1

Ingredients:
6oz Black Cherry or Peach Chobani Greek Yogurt
1 cup pitted fresh or frozen sweet cherries
1 fresh peach, sliced OR 1 cup frozen peach slices
1 – 2 cups fresh or flash-frozen baby spinach (see note below)
1/4 – 1/2 cup milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond breeze)

Directions:

  1. Combine yogurt, cherries, and peach slices in a blender then add 1 – 2 cups baby spinach (this will depend on your preference. I personally cannot taste baby spinach in smoothies, but if you are just starting out I’d add just 1 cup.) Add 1/4 cup milk then blend until very smooth, adding up to an additional 1/4 cup milk if necessary to blend all ingredients.
  2. NOTE: To freeze baby spinach yourself, transfer fresh baby spinach to a freezer bag and then freeze.

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Because I think cherries are such a special treat, as they have such a short season each year, this smoothie tastes especially decadent to me. Could be eaten as a breakfast, OR a healthier dessert option. Totally your call. Either way, enjoy!

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Oh, also, life tip #4,637: Do not leave a blender full of Secretly Healthy Cherry-Peach Smoothies perched precariously on a shelf in your freezer while you clean up the kitchen. This will happen when you open the door, which will make your head nearly explode and take almost an hour to clean up. @#$%!

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Comments

  1. Oh no! Freezer spills are the worst. I certainly hope it was the hubby that cleaned the mess up and not you!

    • Iowa Girl Eats 08.01.2013

      Unfortunately not. It was the morning and he was at work for the day. Me and the hardwood got nice and friendly!

  2. Sue 08.01.2013

    Have you ever used kale in smoothies? I have a huge bunch of kale that I got as part of a local produce groupon I bought and I’m trying to figure out what to do with it.

    • Lea 08.01.2013

      I’m a big advocate for putting spinach in smoothies so I thought I’d give kale a try once not long ago and it didn’t work well for me. It just didn’t blend as smoothly leaving a gritty texture and the bitter taste was hard to override.
      If anyone knows a better way to put kale in smoothies I’m all ears.

      • Amy 09.20.2013

        Regular kale does NOT work, I just used baby kale this morning, and it’s fine. I prefer the spinach, because you cannot taste it at all! (I think I could taste the kale a bit). Also try adding 1-2 tablespoons of cocoa powder and “Voila!” You have a cherry chocolate smoothie! Delish!

    • Brittany 08.01.2013

      Personally, Kale in smoothies makes me nervous to even think about since it isnt as smooth as spinach. BUT, this happens to be my absolute favorite IGE Kale recipe http://iowagirleats.com/2013/04/11/creamy-kale-mushroom-chicken-pasta/
      I am not a fan of mushrooms in the LEAST so I skip those, but the creaminess factor in this dish is out of this world :D
      Good luck!
      Bri

    • Iowa Girl Eats 08.01.2013

      I haven’t but if you have a high-powered blender like a Blendtec or Vitamix I’m sure it would blend right up (though you might be able to taste a hint of it if you add too much.) If you’re still looking for recipes, here are some ideas for you! :) http://www.iowagirleats.com/recipes/?search_term=kale&ui=402&ki=1

    • Tom T. 08.01.2013

      I have used Kale in juice when my juicer wasn’t broken (I need to get that fixed). So, if you have a juicer, you could juice the kale and add it to your smoothie. Or you could just use all these things in a juice.

      I always used spinach in any juice I made and if you have any fruit you can’t taste the spinach at all, but it does come out green.

    • Jody 08.01.2013

      I use it all the time. It’s usually cheaper than spinach & I can’t taste it at all in my smoothies. I buy fresh then rinse & use my salad spinner to get the excess water off. Then tear off pieces (I throw away the stems) and put on a cookie sheet & put into freezer. Then you can put them in a plastic bag & pull out how much you need. Hope you like it.

  3. Molly 08.01.2013

    This smoothie looks very tasty! I also love cherries and mixed with peaches sounds delicious! I hope today is the day for you and your little one! But you are right, he will come when he is ready! Enjoy these last few hours and soon you will have something so precious and little that you never imagined you could love sooo much! So excited for you!!

  4. Tricia 08.01.2013

    Seriously these look delicious and both my kids haid they’d eat them!! :). My sister-in-law did.castor oil. she was in labor aday later;).

  5. Cindy 08.01.2013

    Good luck to you!! Have you ever tried Almond Coconut Almond Breeze Milk?! It’s so delicious! I feel like I’m sipping out of a giant coconut every time I drink it!!

  6. Amanda B. 08.01.2013

    I was 5 days over at my 40 week appointment. When my OB checked me I was 2 cm which was enough to strip my membranes. They use their fingers to separate the bag of waters from the uterus and it releases progesterone. I had this done. It was no more uncomfortable then the pelvic exam itself. My appointment was at 11 am and my water broke that evening at 8pm. My little girl was born at 5:05 am the next morning. That was almost a year ago (August 2012). Good Luck!

    • Jenny 08.01.2013

      LOL!!! DO NOT share ‘fun’ stories like that with a new-to-be-momma…you’re gonna freak her out!! LOL!!…stripping away bodily membranes with fingers and such…I’ve had four children and that grossed me out!

  7. Melissa 08.01.2013

    Ahh, looks so, so good! I will definitely be making this sometime soon!

  8. Amanda O. 08.01.2013

    This looks great! My youngest and self-proclaimed “little man” (he is 2 and walks around calling himself that when someone asks his name) was 8 days late…I had to be induced with him. Sad part was, insurance wouldn’t let the doctor induce until we were on day 8. We tried everything, including a bumpy car ride on a horrible Central Nebraska road…Good luck! He will come when he’s ready…he may just be a little stubborn. ;)

  9. jad18 08.01.2013

    Sending positive thoughts your way and you have the right attitude about the fact that no one is pregnant forever. Do you know that you are having a C-Section? I only ask that because you usually don’t stay in the hospital for 3-4 days unless you have a C-Section. It makes me think of the Office where Pam waited to go to the hospital b/c she wanted to stay as long as possible there once she had the baby.

    • Iowa Girl Eats 08.01.2013

      For some reason my hospital makes you stay 3 days for regular delivery, 4 days for c-section. So long!

      • Jessica H 08.01.2013

        Same here… Three days for normal vaginal delivery and 4 days for c-section. I knew what you meant IGE!

      • Tracy 08.01.2013

        Oh my! You will be SO ready to go home!

        • Anne 08.01.2013

          I beg to differ! Our Maternity Centers in our hospitals available in DM are mini-resorts. I didn’t want to leave:) the food, nurse support, amenities…everything!!! was so fantastic.

  10. Oh yay!! I have been looking for a new smoothie recipe to try. Peaches and cherries? Winner winner! Can’t wait to make it! (:

  11. Mia 08.01.2013

    Tomorrow is a perfect day for a baby! It’s my birthday! Good luck, it will be great!

  12. Elly 08.01.2013

    Team Pancheros!

    Can you freeze fresh spinach, and then thaw to use in recipes that call for cooked spinach (sauteed or otherwise)? Just wondering if it “holds up”.

    • Iowa Girl Eats 08.01.2013

      You know what, I’ve never tried! Only used it in smoothies. I will give it a go sometime and report back!

    • MOM 08.01.2013

      I use frozen spinach all the time in smoothies and in skillet dishes that require spinach – ie, stir to wilt. There is no difference in taste and can use what might go bad in the frig or if on sale for .99 a bag!

  13. Tieghan 08.01.2013

    Mmm! Looks so good! I am loving cherries for the first time this summer. I cannot get enough of them!

  14. These smoothies look scrumptious! Love the additions of greek yogurt and spinach. Fingers crossed that your little man makes his appearance this week!

  15. Steve P. 08.01.2013

    This might sound CRAZY But I Know Someone That has had two kids after having a small glass of wine and by the next day went in to labor

  16. Kari Fortner 08.01.2013

    Let me tell you I am so impressed at how patient you are being! In a day where instant labor can happen, you are letting your body do the work it’s meant to do! It took me until the my fourth pregnancy to come to that realization. You won’t regret it for sure! I still vividly remember my first real contraction with her! Good luck, and LOVE your blog.

  17. Why didn’t I think of combining peaches and cherries – my favorite fruits ever! I bet peaches and raspberries would be an awesome duo, too. I think your suggestion to freeze the produce is a great idea – you can still use them for smoothies in the meantime, and after baby comes, you’ll have the rest to enjoy! Our baby is coming in the wintertime, so I imagine frozen will be my only choice :-P

    • By the way, I’m the reader you convinced to go to Charleston for our anniversary vacation. The vacation was great, and said baby above – well, we found out about him/her a few short weeks after!

  18. What a shame that you spilled this delicious smoothie!! Ugh, it looks so good. Love the tip on spinach too, thanks! I’ve done the same thing and spilled a whole smoothie before work all in my fridge. Best way to induce a mini stroke.

    Come on Iowa Baby Eats! I say today is the day!! :)

  19. Rachel 08.01.2013

    Ugh, I had pregnancy-induced carpal tunnel as well. Not fun. The little guy will come when he’s ready, but I know the waiting is the hardest part. I ended up being induced on my due date with my son, only because my doc was going on vacation & I’d’ve been 2 weeks overdue by the time he got back! Good luck!!! :)

  20. Love fresh cherries in smoothies this time of year! Hope you get to meet your little guy soon!!

  21. Kayla 08.01.2013

    One, hang in there lady; you’re almost there!

    Two, freeze spinach? Seriously? I’m all over it!

    And three, carpal tunnel sucks monkey butt. I have it too — really badly — and can’t do much of anything, yet push through an 8-hour day at the paper because I have to. Ugh. Can’t wait till it goes away!

  22. Haha, I love your first couple sentences and the humor :) Hoping that baby makes an appearance soon!

  23. Kristin Mohn 08.01.2013

    In your post you mentioned a “counter” full of fruits and veggies. Which ones do you leave on the counter and which ones go in the fridge? I’m always struggling for room in our fridge, so any that I could leave out on the counter would be awesome. Berries, zuchinni, asparagus???

    • Iowa Girl Eats 08.01.2013

      Great question! Here’s what I usually leave on my counter: citrus (lemons, limes, oranges, etc) tomatoes, avocados, onions/garlic, peaches, squash, melons and pineapple (uncut,) bananas, pears, mangoes.

      Here’s what I put in my fridge: apples (though those can be counter top – I just happen to hate room temp apples,) plums, cherries, zucchini, asparagus, eggplant, lettuce/greems, green onions, herbs (though my Mom keeps those out,) cucumbers, mushrooms, berries, carrots, celery, and really anything else.

      I know people do different things, but that’s what I do anyway! :)

  24. Secretly heathy is the BEST! When it tastes soooo darn good you forget it’s good for you! That is what I am ALL about! This looks AMAZING and the photos are perfection! Thanks for also showing us your human!

  25. I feel like I’m on IGE Baby Watch 2013! Each morning I come to work and log into Bloglovin to hit your blog and see if the baby boy is here. :) Like you said, no one stays pregnant forever. Hang in there!

  26. char eats greens 08.01.2013

    Plus, you’re very pregnant!!! Gah! I hate when stuff like that happens. I did something similar to that with iced coffee yesterday. But, sad thing is, it has happened to me before and I didn’t learn because I did it again yesterday – water and ground coffee ALL over my counter!

    I love the idea of freezing your own spinach and I don’t know how I haven’t attempted that before. I might make those “smoothie packages” where you organize everything in a baggy for an individual smoothie. Those sound fool-proof and exactly what my hubby needs to make it out the door on time (not like this morning where he was running 10 mins behind hah) Hope that baby comes sooN!!!

  27. Lauren 08.01.2013

    Oh my gosh, I am laughing so hard at the picture of your spill!! So sorry to hear that happened, but glad you included it here for the humor factor. Good luck waiting for your little man to arrive!

  28. Mae 08.01.2013

    Sorry about the spill, and I hope that baby comes just as soon as he is ready! Best wishes for a smooth and healthy delivery! :)

  29. Molly 08.01.2013

    I have done this before with smoothies! It’s the absolute worst to clean up. I am excited to try this recipe.

  30. Emily 08.01.2013

    I feel for you, Kristin! My first little guy was 10 days late and then I was induced. I completely understand how hard it is to wait. Once you hit 37 weeks and are “full-term” you get in the mindset that it could possibly be any day…and then a month later you are still pregnant. Ugh! What I found entertaining to do at the end was to go out a lot and inevitably people ask when you are due. It was hilarious to watch their expressions when I would say “a week ago.” It’s the little things :) Best wishes to you…hang in there!

  31. Susan 08.01.2013

    That recipe sounds refreshing! Too bad you had to clean it up by yourself. If Ben was still home he wuld have done it for you!

    Have you googled Doula tips? Our neighbor delivered their baby in their bathtub. She loved it. I also know that she drank red raspberry tea 6 weeks before going into labor. The tea helps with your delivery. I think she got it at Earthmama.com

    I know you will deliver at a hospital but maybe you can find some things to help you (and Ben) get thru the labor and delivery process easier. Maybe you can go and see your brother’s chiropractor?

    It won’ be much longer. Hang in there!

    • Susan 08.01.2013

      OOPS!

      It’s earthmamaangelbaby.com

  32. Hannah 08.01.2013

    Hey! Hope you’ll have your Iowa Baby soon! The eggplant dish looks soooo yummy…can you post the recipe please? Would love to give it a try on the weekend as it’s so hot here and I need some mediterranean flavours in my kitchen!

  33. Emily H 08.01.2013

    Oh man! I thought maybe when you didn’t post yesterday you were at the hospital with little man. Was hoping for a baby post today. Prayers for you in your last few days of pregnancy!

  34. Amanda 08.01.2013

    Maybe you could rush order this dressing or try to recreate it?
    http://www.maternitysalad.com/

  35. Kelly 08.01.2013

    Umm I think you had me at cherry pie – I absolutely LOVE this recipe! Pinned it for later because I can’t wait to try it! :)

  36. Lizzie 08.01.2013

    You should try Qdoba if there are any around! I think it’s better than Chipotle, and they have a queso burrito as well. Plus a really great Mexican gumbo, and quesadillas are on the menu. :-)

  37. Nicole 08.01.2013

    Last fall I was 12 days overdue without a hint of labor in sight. I tried everything too. Then, the day before I was to be induced, I went into labor and my daughter was born 12 hours later! I had planned on working right up until her birth, but I finally started my maternity leave because I thought if I heard “You’re STILL PREGNANT??” one more time I would die.

  38. Tracy 08.01.2013

    Oh dear Kristin, the end is in sight. Hang in there!!

    Try adding cocoa powder to cherry/spinach. YUM!

    Trader Joe’s sells frozen spinach in a bag which is much easier than a frozen box to use a portion for smoothies. I usually keep a couple bags on hand.

    Blessings!

  39. Debtgirl 08.01.2013

    Oh my! Its steaming up in here! Good luck IGE

  40. Becky 08.01.2013

    Sorry you spilled your smoothie. I hate it when I spill out of the freezer like that. But, looking on the bright side, it’s the only time my freezer or under the fridge gets cleaned :)

    I made your mango pineapple smoothie again and loved it! I put the leftovers in a popsicle mold and it was good that way, too. Better in smoothie form, but a fun treat nonetheless!

  41. Kendra 08.01.2013

    Kristin!! Go ahead and “hold off” until Saturday – then me and your little guy can share birthdays!! :D (I’m sure you’re shaking your fist at me right now ;) )

  42. em@simplypresent 08.01.2013

    Peaches & Cherries – such a “summer” combination!

    I’ve been needing motivation to break out my blender and use up some frozen spinach. Maybe I’ll give this smoothie a try. Thanks!

  43. jamie 08.01.2013

    $1.98 for cherries!!? They’re still $4/lb here in Portland. Although I haven’t gone to a farmers market. Yum.

  44. Bonnie 08.01.2013

    Love your blog! Just wanted to share my secret weapon for inducing labor-an ounce of castor oil with 2 ounces orange juice- drink it like a shot. Then, give yourself an enema. Followed by a hot shower. I was 2 weeks postdates with my first and that did it. By the way, I ended up going 10 and 12 days postdates with #2 and #3 too. Good for you for being patient. Your baby is finishing up some hard work in there.
    ps. love the frozen spinach tip. file that under ‘why didn’t I think of that??’

  45. andi 08.01.2013

    That baby won’t make an appearance until he is good and ready. :) I have 3 boys so I know what I am talking about. Best wishes for a healthy and happy delivery.

  46. Emily 08.01.2013

    Oh noooes for both no baby and messy freezer cleanup. But hooray for hardwood floors! I pulled out a humungo bowl of punch when I was four onto a kitchen floor made of….wait for it…carpet!!! My mom cried I think. Lol

    I’m definitely going to try your smoothies; I just bought a magic bullet, and Greek yogurt + fruit + smoothies = love.

    Good luck with baby!

  47. Chris 08.01.2013

    This may be a really dumb question, but I’ll ask it anyway… How do you freeze the baby spinach? Just throw it in a Ziploc and into the freezer?

  48. Jackie 08.01.2013

    There is a certain part of your foot you are supposed to avoid massaging when pregnant. Maybe you should ask hubby for a good foot massage . . .

  49. Trisha 08.01.2013

    Oh man, still no baby?! I’m cherry obsessed these days so this smoothie is really talkin’ to me. Hopefully all that floor cleaning got baby moving around and ready to make his grand entrance!

  50. Bummer about the mess! Looks yummy though! Love the color.

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