Cimmaron Cherry Smoothie
Cimmaron lettuce is beautiful and unusual with its garnet color and its long slender leaves. I read that this type of Romaine lettuce has been around since the 1700’s! It has a great mild taste and the color is spectacular. I usually grab another lettuce first though. Why? I don’t know. Maybe because I think green = lettuce and so subconsciously I just grab the green stuff more often? Whatever the reason, the Cimmaron is usually left in my crisper, alone and aloof, like a princess in a tower (sigh). Well, the color of this royal beauty was what inspired me to pair it with cherries for a great way to drink your greens(reds, lol!) in the morning, or anytime!
According to an article on cherries over at Livestrong.com, cherries can help you sleep better, they can prevent disease and they can keep you healthy and fit. They have a good amount of fiber per cup and they are high in Vitamin C and Potassium. The health benefits though, for me anyway, are second to the taste. I love the sweet/tart combination of flavors that cherries have perfected! All in one tiny jewel colored package!
For this smoothie I opted to use water as my liquid of choice for two reasons…#1 Water is zero calorie. #2 Water is free, hey practicality has its place, right?! Some people prefer to add apple juice to their smoothies for more sweetness. Others prefer any number of milks, plant or animal based, for creaminess and flavor. Whatever liquid you add will change the flavor, but like I have said before…”Taste it as you make it”. I did. When testing this idea out, I started with only one banana. It wasn’t sweet enough so I added another, bingo! Just sweet enough to drink lettuce for breakfast without being dessert-like, which I don’t’ prefer first thing in the morning.
1 bunch/head Sage Mountain Farm Organic Cimmaron Lettuce
2 frozen overripe bananas
1c frozen cherries
2c water (or other liquid)
Blend and enjoy! Makes 5 cups of smoothie!
As always, I would be thrilled to get your feedback on this (or any other recipe). Just leave me a comment below! Do you drink green smoothies? Have you ever tried lettuce in one? Let’s have a conversation!