Picking Fruit Seaside and a Chilled Cherry Almond Smoothie

This is one of the best parts of summer.

That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet.

~ Emily Dickinson

Oceans are beautiful, aren’t they?

I am lucky to have grown up on the ocean, spending my youth just a few minutes from the peaceful rocky beaches of British Columbia. I still live near the ocean here in Vancouver, and admit I might find it tough to ever live away from it.

I am also lucky enough to live in one of the top cherry producing regions in the world. You know, those dark red fruits that grow up to the size of small plums and stain your hands and clothes as well as your palate, rendering it useless to enjoy any other fruit as much (at this time of the year).

Oceans and cherries. Two wonderful things.

Don’t worry about a thing, every little thing is gonna be alright.

~ Bob Marley

You have to be someone.

~ Bob Marley

Well you can imagine the sheer glee on our recent island weekend at the discovery (by me, my daughter, and my visiting younger sister) of cherry trees laden with ripe fruit growing seaside not far from our parents home.

There isn’t a much better way to cap off a leisurely afternoon of sunshine and swimming at the beach than taking a spontaneous detour down a country lane to find bushels of your favorite fruits – just hanging there amongst the shipwrecks and sun-laden stillness.

It was a perfect day if there ever was one.

You can only lose what you cling to.

~ Buddha

My sister and I felt like kids again without a care in the world, except maybe being late to dinner at home as a result of our spontaneous excursion to the seaside orchard. Not far from when we were kids really, now that I think about it. And it felt good.

Today I’m excited to share those photos with you all as well as this simple and truly delicious recipe for a memorable summer drink. Another simple recipe requiring no more than 2 ingredients, this summer chiller really, truly, hits the spot.

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

~ Ghandi

The Less:

Fewer ingredients to play with means each one stands to play its part. Less time to prep once you are ready means having it in hand in minutes. Less packaged, store-bought fruit drinks means less waste and cooked sugars, and more reasons to use what’s seasonally on hand.

The More:

More fresh fruit and whole ingredients means more easy simple nutrition. More fresh fiber and whole fats from soaked nuts means more natural fuel, protein, and roughage. More easy simple recipes means more ways to enjoy your favorites, and these two are a match made in seaside cherry heaven.

*photos of the recipe were not made with the cherries picked that day : – )

Chilled Cherry Almond Smoothie:

To pit cherries, use the ripest fruit you can. If you have a cherry pitter, go ahead and use it, but I never have and (like usual) prefer to use my own tools (my hands). If the fruit is ripe, simply tear the cherry open and remove the pits with your hands. If they are more on the firm side, you can open them with knife (like an apple) and remove the pit then.

If you have the almond milk handy, simple combine the milk and cherries in a blender and add the ice cubes. Blend on high until frothy. Serve as desired and enjoy! A simple, easy way to cool down and enjoy two healthful and delicious foods.

Nothing fancy. But somehow it still seems fancy to me – how about you?

The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it

~ Henry David Thoreau.

All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Summer is here and it’s a beautiful thing, my weekend at home was such a fabulous one, and much love to my folks and to my sister for the time together!

On another note, we are in the 10 day countdown until we leave for our trip to France for 3 whole weeks! I’ll be blogging from there as there will be just too much to keep up with, especially as we try to work our way through it all in true ‘less is more’ fashion.

As well, we are adding a link to the sidebar, but for those who wish to follow me on Instagram, you can do so by following @shiramcd.

I’ve really been enjoying this new way to keep up with friends, as pictures really can be worth a thousand words. There, you can bet I’ll be adding shots daily while we are away.

  • Are you an Instagrammer?
  • What is your favorite way to eat cherries?
  • Ever picked them from the trees?

Do let us know. Until next time, IPOM readers, and I wish you all a truly wonderful day wherever you may be 🙂

Yours in Less,


Filed under Children, Cooking, Desserts, Food, Photography, Raw, Recipes, Rejuvenation, Rich & Simple, Sweet Treats, Vegan, Vegetarian

67 responses to “Picking Fruit Seaside and a Chilled Cherry Almond Smoothie

  1. What a brilliant and beautiful day, in one of the prettiest areas I know! Lucky you are, Shira, and blessed that you know it! 🙂 Your photos are gorgeous! Your drink looks sublime! xoxo

    • Thank you Spree! So happy to share it with you – there isn’t any place I’d rather be in times like this. It was so wonderful! Thank you as always for your kindness! xo

  2. Really enjoy your posts, pictures and quotes – you have found a winning combination.

  3. I love, love, love this!!! Your photos are so beautiful – gorgeous summer!! 🙂
    Cherries are the best and in a smoothie with almonds, yum!!

    • Thank you Anne! Now that summer is finally here I am trying to soak up every single second 🙂 I am sure Victoria is equally as spectacular too! This combo is so simple and lovely – especially since our cherries are SO amazing right now!

  4. What a beautiful pic of your daughter! (I’m assuming that’s who it is!) And this looks like (a) a great excuse to use my cherry pitter and (b) a great breakfast. Thank you!

    • I hope you like it Jennifer! (both the smoothie and the use of the cherry pitter – fun!) Yes, that is my youngest daughter – she is growing up on me like they all do, and we had such a nice time traveling along just the 2 of us to visit the folks 🙂 Keep us posted, and have fun!!

  5. Beautiful photos! Summer on the pacific coast can be so awesome. I’ve been going a little crazy these last few weeks with all the fresh berries and cherries. I could spend all day picking berries! Thanks for the lovely recipe.

    • Thanks Robin! Funny after all that cold and grey and rain, we are finally in heaven – I agree! Enjoy the fun while it lasts, I always love to hear from you! 😉

  6. Beautiful pictures and a great idea for a drink! It might be a way I finally convince my kids to eat cherries. We live right near Cherry Valley, but only I seem to enjoy them.

    • Thanks Heidi! I’d LOVE some Cherry Valley cherries – I’ve never heard of that area? Keep us posted if you have any success with the kids! 🙂

  7. this is fantastic. I’m on the way out the door to purchase ingredients. I love your blog and just promoted it on my page. Keep the inspirations coming. Many thanks.

    • No, thank you Alexsondra, I appreciate the support very much! I’m off to check out your page now…enjoy the smoothie and let us know how it goes!

  8. Cherries are one of my favorite fruits of summer…you are so lucky to have been able to pick them fresh! I can’t wait to try your smoothie and make my own almond milk!

    • I know, right? I thought I’d seriously awoken in a dream that day was so awesome 🙂 I hope you like this combo!! Have fun with the almond milk if it is your first time, and I hope you like it homemade! xox

  9. For some reason, I’ve never been a huge fan of cherries but this looks absolutely delicious!!! 🙂

    • Liz! I love you for that – we can’t love everything that is good for us, and I think you do pretty darned well! (It IS pretty yummy though – you might be surprised girl!) 😉 xox

  10. Yummy, Shira! Sounds great. I too have grow up near the sea (it’s a mile away from my house) and it is a blessing… though my home town can be a little boring… Cherries are truly one of my favourite fruits. I once ate 80 without stopping :D.

    • I think I might just have you beat on the numbers Nick (though in truth not realy as 80 is a lot!), though I won’t confess I could count that high while eating… ;)!! You are one lucky guy to grow up where you do, and trust me, the most beautiful places are often the least exciting – which is why I moved to the city but LOVE to visit! Shall we sit down to a bowl of the good stuff soon?

  11. Beautiful photos. I grew up living next to the beach but we moved inland 17 years ago. I still miss the smell of the ocean, the sound of the waves breaking, and walking along the sand. I’m also now following you on instagram so can’t wait to see photos of France!

    • Fabulous Cathy!! Love that you are the 1st new follower today, thank you! I always love your comments – and hope you are well! 🙂 Looking forward to Instagramming my way through France!

  12. how awesome, Shira! That is such a wonderful experience, to get to pick those little gems straight from the tree! And there’s something so special about living near the water — lucky you! Fabulous smoothie recipe! I’ll have to get my hands on some organic cherries! Have a great afternoon!

  13. Great pictures–both of a summer day and time spent with your kid. I just bought two pounds of cherries–one organic, one not, to see if I could taste the difference. Cherry smoothies–what a great idea! Ken

  14. Awww there’s nothing like living in the moment and seizing opportunity- I would have HAD to go and pick those cherries too!

    I love the simplicity in this drink- really lets the cherries shine. I can imagine this would be a fantastic addition to a summer weekend brunch. And wouldn’t you know I have Sunday off to do just that? 😉

    • Sunday brunch? You are one lucky lady! I hope whoever gets to spend it with you knows how lucky they are to eat such good food – and yes, this would be a perfect addition! Almost as perfect as this outing was 🙂 It was SO much fun!

  15. Oh, how lucky you are to live in prime cherry country! And such beautiful photos.

    • Thanks Michelle! We are lucky – it’s high season now too so we are making hay..you know…while the sun shines! (hehe) Thanks for stopping by!

  16. Well, if I had your cherry drink, it might become my new favorite, Shira. Cherries are long gone here in California. When they were here I made a cherry chocolate focaccia that was way better than it sounds like it might be and I am a fool for sour cherry pie and homemade cherry syrup, but I eat most cherries straight out of hand — can’t get any simpler than that. I’ve only picked wild cherries of the tree (big pits, not much to ’em).

    • I’m with you Sharyn – straight out of hand always wins here too! The funny thing is that while we were picking my sister’s were the only ones that end up in the bucket 😉 Got to check out your focaccia recipe – it sounds divine! xo!

  17. So many lovely pictures! I wish I was there picking cherries too!

    I’ve been toying with the idea of doing instagram (I’ve had it for awhile,only used it halfheartedly, and never shared it or anything like that), but I figured what the heck, I’ll do it. I am now following you. 🙂

    • Oh boy – exciting! (I am following you now too!) I am the same as you and have had it for a bit but figured France might just be the time to share as who knows how often I will post (or whether I’ll feel compelled to everyday – who knows?). Either way, it will be fun – looking forward to it!
      I’d have loved it it you could have joined us too 🙂

  18. Lovely S – I am not an Instagrammer? I may have to investigate!
    What is your favourite way to eat cherries? – ANY way, Baby!
    Ever picked them from the trees? – No, never. Maybe I should – but I did grow up near the water like you. When I spent 5 months in Lake Louise (complete with frozen lake) I physically missed the sea…

    PS – the pics are just beautiful

    • Thanks girl! Of course – cherries are so divine they perfect on their own! Lake Louise is gorgeous but would make one feel rather nostalgic for open space indeed 🙂
      You’ll need a decent phone for Instagram, but if you enjoy photos, it might just be your thing! I’ll be updating whenever I can get Wifi from France 🙂 9 sleeps…

  19. Wow, I recently discovered your blog and absolutely love it! Your photos are so beautiful and inspiring. I adore cherries too. What an amazing feeling to find them growing on a tree to be picked. I’m not sure I’d ever find cherries growing on a wild tree here in the UK but one day I’ll try growing some myself. I’ve never picked anything from a tree and eaten it. My favourite way to eat cherries is also in smoothies. I adore cherries in anything. A black forest dessert smoothie (thickie) or a chocolate cherry smoothies are both recipes that are favourites for me. I don’t have the time to pit many of them though.

  20. Looks like a perfect way to spend a summer day and your drink looks yummy! I will be adding that to my growing list of recipes to try.

  21. So simple but looks delightful 🙂

  22. hi hi! just read this post and had to stop to make this smoothie! we have so many cherries that i didn’t know how else to eat them! YUM!!!! this was perfect!! especially since it’s so hot out! thanks for the recipe! 🙂 happy friday!!!

    • Wonderful Amy! So glad you liked it – a perfect way to use up cherries and cool down on a summer day 🙂 Happy Friday to you too! xox

  23. I love your story in this post! It’s what makes summertime so memorable. Stumbling upon cherries? LOVE! I also love the quote by Ghandi about happiness 🙂 and the cherry photos are so pretty. I don’t Instagram Shira so will keep up with you here 🙂

    • Sounds great Marina! I love our blogging friendship – and you always pick out my favorite quotes in each post too! This was such a memorable day, just had to share it! 🙂

  24. I love picking fruit straight from the bush or tree, so much fun and addicting!

    I have never picked cherries from a tree, I LOVE Instagram (so addicting and fun too) and I love adding fresh cherries to my salads and morning granola and yogurt parfaits 🙂

    • Oooh – cherries and granola? With yoghurt? Amazing! You’ve given me my morning breakfast inspiration 🙂 Isn’t Instagram so fun? I like it so much more than I thought I would!

  25. Thanks for sharing this Shira. I love almond milk (can’t drink cow’s milk). Thanks for sharing the how-to-make-almond-milk post. Cherry and almond milk sound great together! I also love the quotes that you’ve included in this post.

    • Thanks girl – I hope this combo works for you! I’m with you and don’t do well with dairy milk either 🙂 Enjoy and keep us all posted!

  26. So wholesome and beautifully simple! This is the good stuff 😀

  27. Reblogged this on It's All Food and commented:
    Rich Yet Simple Pleasure of Life through great expressions of food !!!

  28. Somer

    Is there anything that you touch that doesn’t turn out amazing? Your daughter is gorgeous, she looks like she’s got a bit of feisty in her too!

  29. Jacqueline @How to be a Gourmand

    How delicious. I’m used to eating cherry and almonds together warm in a baked cake but the idea of them chilled in a smoothie is really original and I’m sure it tastes delicious. I’m making a note to try this 🙂

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