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Cherry Chocolate Water Kefir Smoothie

Leeza Zurwick

Founder

Did you know that cherries and chocolate can help improve your sleep? Cherries can boost your melatonin production which helps you feel sleepy and helps to regulate sleep cycles. Tryptophan is found in chocolate, which helps the body produce serotonin, which not only helps you feel good, but also helps you fall asleep and stay asleep. 

CHERRY CHOCOLATE DREAM SMOOTHIE

MAKES: about 2 cups

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup first ferment water kefir

1/2 cup fresh cherries (pitted) or 1/4 cup cherry juice

2-3 tbsp finely grated (or melted) 70-90% dark chocolate

1-2 small dried dates or 1 tsp honey

1 cup spinach

Optional: 1 scoop plant based protein powder

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Make the first ferment and leave the jar in a warm place for 24-48 hours.
  • Add the ingredients to the blender.
  • Blend & enjoy

NEED TO KNOW:

For an extra powerful kick, use tart sour cherries instead of sweet ones.  

Drink as morning and/or evening snack, 1-2 hours prior to bedtime though, so that the natural sugars don’t do the opposite and keep you awake! 

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