Tart cherries are known to be one of nature’s superfoods, containing powerful amounts of antioxidants. Learn more about the health benefits of consuming tart cherry juice, plus how to incorporate them into your diet with this very berry cherry protein smoothie recipe!
If you follow me on Instagram, then you know that I love a good smoothie. I’ve even deemed Saturdays as #smoothiesaturday to share yummy smoothie recipes with you all so that you too can take part in the goodness.
What goodness am I talking about? When I started incorporating more fruits and vegetables into my diet, I started with green smoothies. They are easy to assemble, pack a lot of nutritional punch in one glass and the taste never gets boring with so many flavor combinations.
This is also when both my husband and I started to notice health improvements including increased energy, clearer and brighter skin and greater clarity. As we made our smoothies almost daily, I got increasingly interested in the superfood add ins that could really take our smoothies up a notch. You may even remember when I wrote about it here!
While I’ve played with maca powder, spirulina, hemp seeds, chia seeds (the list could go on), there’s still one that I hadn’t tried yet – tart cherry juice concentrate. As I was browsing the Swanson Health Products website (my go to source for health foods I might not find in the store), I saw it and I knew that I just had to have it. Is it weird that I feel that way about foods? Probably.
This very berry cherry protein smoothie (try saying that 5 times!) is great to whip up when you want a little immunity boost and are feeling under the weather, need to replenish your muscles after exercising, or just want something that tastes amazing and just so happens to be insanely nutritious. Speaking of…
Nutritional Spotlight: Tart Cherry Juice Concentrate
As the name implies, tart cherries are often too sour to be consumed as a whole fruit, which is why it is often seen in the form of juice or juice concentrate. I like the thought of using the concentrate instead of the juice because you’re getting more bang for your buck by consuming a smaller amount, but reaping maximum benefits.
So just what are the health benefits of tart cherry juice? Tart cherries, aka nature’s superfood fruit, is packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients. They are also a rich source of phytonutrients, a disease fighting agent found in plant-based foods, and gets its deep red hue from a specific class called “anthocyanins”. These specific phytonutrients are known to fight against cancer, improve nerve function and support healthy circulation of the blood.
The anti-inflammatory nutrients found in tart cherry juice have sparked research studies as it relates to athletic performance. Studies show that those who regularly consume tart cherry juice experience less muscle-damaging symptoms of exercise including soreness, inflammation and even post-race pain.
Verry Berry Cherry Protein Smoothie
This very berry cherry protein smoothie is like a nutritional goldmine in a glass! It has bananas, berries, beets, tart cherry juice, spinach and hemp seeds (for a little extra protein power) that are all blended together with almond milk to make a deliciously sweet and creamy smoothie.
This very berry cherry protein smoothie is a great go-to breakfast in the morning (and can even be made ahead and stored in the fridge!) or a post-workout treat. Cheers!
If you want to give this recipe a try, but have a hard time finding tart cherry juice, check out Swanson Health Products!
*This post was sponsored by Swanson Health Products and I received compensation for this post. All opinions are my own. You can read more about my policies, here.
So tell me, what are your favorite smoothie add ins? Have you ever tried tart cherry juice?