I recently was given the chance to try out Cheribundi Tart Cherry Juice. I love tart cherries, so jumped at the chance – and I was not disappointed! The juices are delicious and all natural. The classic juice is sweetened with apple juice, while the “light” version uses Stevia leaf as sweetener. The “rebuild” juice contains whey protein (adding a slighly gritty texture, which I didn’t prefer), and the “restore” juice has added electrolytes and vitamins for post-exercise recovery.
Along with trying the juice as part of my workout recovery, I participated in the “7 Day Challenge.” With no strings attached, customers are asked to rate how they are feeling before starting a daily glass of cherry juice in regards to sleep patterns, pain levels, and workout recovery. Then after seven days you rate yourself again. Tart cherries are packed with antioxidants, which have anti-inflammatory properties and can help speed muscle and joint recovery.
My personal ongoing running “injuries” are on-again/off-again plantar fasciitis pain and achy ankles. I’m happy to say that this “cherry juice week” has been my most pain-free week in a long time. I can see tart cherry juice becoming a staple in my kitchen. [Ed. Note: Geli’s kitchen is a great one for any food to be in! Check out her Run Oregon Test Kitchen posts as reference. She knows what she’s doing]
Since Cheribundi Tart Cherry Juice is pure fruit juice, it is not a low-calorie food. The “light” version has 80 calories in an 8 oz. bottle, and the “rebuild” has the most calories at 160. I am mixing 8 oz. of juice with one quart of club soda and enjoy the flavor even longer.
End Result = Recommended