Monday, October 15, 2012

Cheribundi Cherry Juice

I love fresh cherries.  I like them plain, I like mixing them into salads and baking with them.  In recent years I have heard how good cherry juice can be for you but I had yet to try it.  To pay around $20 for a small bottle of cherry juice concentrate just wasn't at the top of my shopping list.
And then I heard about Cheribundi.  Cheribundi is single-serving bottles of cherry juice.  Plain along with several other flavor options.
I was super excited to try them out!

I love that each bottle clearly states how many cherries are in each bottle.  50 cherries in a bottle of Tru Cherry, which equals a half pound of fruit!  Definitely nice to know, any day, but especially those busy days when it feels like it's hard to get anything healthy.  The juices are not from concentrate and are allergy friendly.  Only Whey Cherry contains milk.  The cherry flavor is very intense (duh, it's cherry juice!) but I really like the tart/sweet taste. It's more for sipping rather than chugging, perfect for the drive to work or for a mid-day treat at your desk.

Both E and L loved Cacao Cherry and JF tried the juices, too.  He's not a big juice drinker OR fruit eater, but I noticed my Cheribundi bottles disappearing.  I think it's safe to say my husband is a fan!



Drinking the juice straight from the bottle is great.  You can also add it to smoothies.  I created a recipe for vegan fro yo below, and I think the juice would also be great for de-glazing a pan!

The benefits of cherry juice are ever-expanding as more and more research is done.  I like that cherries and cherry juice can help to fight free radicals and to aid in muscle recovery.



Whey Cherry  40 Cherries!
This is the first one that I tried.  I am constantly looking for extra sources of protein.  I do eat meat, but I don't eat a lot of it, but I am very active and if I don't get enough protein I tend to feel tired and gain weight.  I am also always looking for healthy, fast options that I can drink or eat between teaching classes.  In an 8 fl oz bottle there is 8grams of protein, along with 100% daily values of several vitamins, including B12 & 6 and Folic Acid.  I drank this on my way in to teach one morning and it was a great way to start the day without being too full to teach cycle class.









Ginger Cherry 50 Cherries!
Cherry Juice by itself has been shown to help with oxidative stress and muscle recovery, which totally interests me because my body does a lot for me throughout the week as I teach around 15 classes and run 4-10 miles.  I have been on a kick lately of trying different natural anti-inflammatories, and ginger is at the top of the list.  I have never been a big fan of the spicy taste of ginger, so I was least excited to try this one.  But I also LOVE the idea of a double dose of anti-inflammation.  There is a definite kick of ginger, but it is manageable even for someone like me.  I also used Ginger Cherry as a smoothie base and it was SO good!







Tru Cherry  50 cherries!
Cherry juice.  Tastes like cherry pie cherries.  Seriously.  If you like cherry pie you will like Tru Cherry.  Great by itself or in a smoothie.  Check out my recipe below!

Skinny Cherry  40 cherries!
Same refreshing tart cherry flavor but with 90 calories rather than the 130 calories in Tru Cherry.  It is sweetened with Stevia leaf, a natural sweetener.  This is a great option for anyone trying to limit their sugar intake.



Cacao Cherry  50 cherries!
To say this one was my favorite kind of feels like cheating.  I mean, it's chocolate and cherry.  Right there this guy has the advantage.  But how can you NOT have this one be your favorite, right?  Another great choice for post-workout or to help out when you have a chocolate craving.  The chocolate flavor comes from cocoa powder, so it is natural and not too sweet.








3 Ingredient Vegan Fro Yo

Cherry-Chocolate-Banana "Fro Yo"
You will need:
1 Banana
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp Cheribundi Cherry Juice - I used Tru Cherry, but Ginger Cherry would be great, too!


Peel and slice the banana and freeze for 2-3 hours.
In a blender or food processor, combine the frozen banana with the cocoa powder and cherry juice. Blend until smooth.  Eat immediately!


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One more thing:  when I posted a picture of Cheribundi on Instagram I was asked by several people where they could find it.
For those of you local to Kansas City you can go to Nature's Pantry in Independence or to Whole Foods in Overland Park.
For my readers elsewhere click here to locate a retailer near you!

**Cheribundi sent me a case of 12 juices to try but I was not compensated for this post.  All of the opinions are mine**

11 comments:

  1. Wow 12 juices that sounds awesome...count me in!

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    1. It's so versatile! Drink it plain or add it to a smoothie! Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Would love to try the Whey Cherry for more muscle protein!

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  4. I would love to try that Cacao Cherry - sounds delicious!

    Michele
    www.shortgirllongisland.com

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  5. Ginger cherry sounds yummy and unique!
    -Georgiana

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  6. I would like to try the Skinny Cherry. Your shake sounds really great and easy to make. I enjoy your blog.

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  7. Whey Cherry would be nice to get more protein in my diet and use for my fruit smoothies! Thank you!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! Whey Cherry is nice because of the added protein for sure!

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