Cherry Chia Bottom Green Protein Shake


Early morning workouts and lack of light here are really messing with my photography. I was debating on not sharing this one but after two not so photogenic shakes I decided to post it anyways. Might not look so pretty but it is very delicious!

Cherries are great for a post workout smoothies. Tart cherries have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce muscle damage, and help speed up the recovery of muscle function. I add them often in my post workout shakes but not only because they are good for recovery but because they are delicious. I love a chocolate cherry shake/smoothie, here are a couple I have posted! I have this funny thing where when it looks better it tastes better, well in some cases because you can have a smeared mess of peanut butter and or chocolate and it is still looks delicious to me! I wrote the recipe how I made it as shown in the photo but feel free to just blend in the cherries and chia gel into your green smoothie. I also do it separate as I like the two flavor profiles.



Cherry Chia Bottom Green Protein Shake

Makes 1 serving

1/2c pitted tart cherries, extra for topping if desired (used frozen cherries, thawed)

1 TBSP organic chia seeds

2 TBSP water

1 scoop vanilla protein powder (used Vega One French Vanilla, could also use Vega Performance Protein or Protein Smoothie depending on needs)

1 c almond or non dairy milk of choice (used So Delicious Unsweetened Almond Milk Plus, for added protein)

2 big handfuls of organic greens (used Earthbound Farms Organic Power Green Blend)

2 tsp gelatinized maca, optional (Navitas Naturals)

1/2 frozen banana and or ice


In a Vitamix, or high-speed blender, blend together cherries and water. In a glass mix together chia seeds and blended cherries and set aside for 5-10 minutes until thickened. This can be done ahead of time as well and kept in the refrigerator. In a Vitamix, or high-speed blender, blend together almond milk, protein powder, greens, maca, banana, and ice until smooth. Pour green smoothie over set cherry chia gel. Top with cherries if desired. Enjoy!


Cherry Chia Bottom Green Protein Shake




As a Vega Recipe Ambassador I receive Vega products, which I used as an option in this recipe. I use Vega not because it is given to me but because it has been my plant-based protein of choice since before I started blogging and some recipes are made with Vega products I purchase. I only write about foods I love, my blog is an extension of my hobby to make fun healthy food creations for me and my family.