As I mentioned yesterday, it is the peak time to get cherries, so we stocked up. I finally got some washed, pitted, and frozen so that we can use them in smoothies in a couple of weeks. Talk about a mess. I may rank pitting cherries up there with my least favorite kitchen task. Boiling chicken is still # 1. Regardless of how few or how many, I end up having to split some open because the pitter does not always work perfectly, so there is juice on my hands. My fingers begin to look stained by the end of the process and the clean trash bag is now stained as if there was a horrible kitchen accident. Luckily this time around I managed to not get the juice on my shorts. As I complete this process, I keep picturing the episode of “I Love Lucy” where they crush grapes with their feet. Okay I just dated myself some, but as a kid I loved to watch the “I Love Lucy” reruns that TBS aired.
Having made a really nice adult drink with the cherries, I decided to start our day on Monday with a family friendly drink. Little Miss Mixture and I had somewhere to go, so it was a great morning for smoothies in the car. Thank goodness the car is old enough I do not care about cherry juice and in a nicely topped cup the likelihood of a cherry juice mishap is slim. I would never have fresh cherries consumed in the car in any other form. Honestly I have often thought of serving them outside as I constantly fear the juice ending up on the upholstery or the walls. I know too much information about how I may be a little too type A, but at least I can admit it.
We had fresh pineapple from Sunday’s dinner which gave me the idea for the smoothie; however I ended up using frozen to get the consistency I wanted. This simple fruit smoothie had a bright and somewhat tropical flavor to it.
Sweet Cherry Smoothie
20 Pitted Cherries
1/2 cup Skim Milk
3 Tbsp. Nonfat Greek Yogurt
1 cup Frozen Pineapple
Place all ingredients in a blender or Vitamix. Remember liquid on the bottom and frozen on top when using a vitamix. Blend until smooth. Pour into about a 12 oz glass or split into two smaller servings and enjoy.