Do you ever have a hard workout that just takes you out for the rest of the week? Do you ever feel like your recovery time is just not where it should be? Or do you just feel pooped and need a pick-me-up? Well, say hello to Cheribundi!
Cheribundi was kind enough to send me some of their juices for Hubby and I to sample and provide a product review. I must say, I’m not a huge juice drinker (I like to limit my sugar in take), but this juice is FANTASTIC! You may be a bit apprehensive when you see the word “tart” on the front of the bottle, but they aren’t tart at all. They are perfectly sweetened…not too sweet, and with a little bit of tartness at the finish.
Now, why would drinking cherry juice help you with muscle recovery??
Fifty Cherries: Our Tru Cherry™ juice packs fifty cherries into a short 8oz bottle. (We know because we counted them.) From there we add just enough water and apple juice to make it palate-perfect. Of course, to create the benefits of Skinny Cherry™ we decrease the cherries slightly and sweeten with natural Stevia. To get the benefits of Whey Cherry™ into a bottle, we add whey protein.
Freshness: Our cherry juice is freshly pressed from whole cherries. Other cherry juices are made from concentrate once a year and then stored for months before being turned back into juice. Not cheribundi™, though. Cherries in the morning – great tasting juice in the bottle that same afternoon! That’s why it tastes so darn fresh.
Phytonutrients: These are the building blocks in fruits and vegetables, so they’re good for you. They help plants grow and regenerate cells properly and they just may help regulate physiological functions in human, too. Cherries have a powerful combination of these nutrients, which provides more benefits than any other fruit or other good-for-you foods like tea, wine and other juices. Whether you’re looking for anthocyanins, melatonin, phenolic acids, flavanoids/flavonols/flavanols (however you say or spell them), science is starting to show that many of these phytonutrients may have special properties. Some may reduce oxidative stress and fight free radicals while others may act like anti-inflammatories and yet others may hold a promise for better heart health. Of course, all the claims in the world wouldn’t be as convincing as if you tried our juice and experienced the benefits for yourself!
Vitamins and Minerals: Your mom was right, you need vitamins and minerals. But not because she said so. You need them because they are the foundation to a strong immune system and enhance metabolic processes. In cheribundi™ you’ll find Vitamin A, Potassium, Iron, Calcium and, in Whey Cherry™, muscle-growing B-Vitamins!
High ORAC Rating: The Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity rating for cheribundi™ is higher than other juices – that means our juice has a better ability to absorb and neutralize free radicals. Whether you’re exercising or resting, cheribundi™ is working hard for you! (source)
I started my tasting with the Tart Cherry Relax juice. This juice is blended with L-Theanine which aids in helping you to fall asleep and stay asleep! This juice worked like a charm. I drank it about 30 minutes before getting ready for bed and promptly fell asleep…without moving…for the next 8 hours. It. Was. Awesome.
The next juice I sampled was the standard Tart Cherry Juice. I brought several bottles to work with me for my co-workers to sample (we are all doing a Whole Life Challenge together and I thought this would help them with their healthy life changes) and right around 3PM, I hit the wall! I was exhausted and didn’t think I was going to make it to CrossFit after work. I was THAT tired. I figured it was time to have a few swigs of Tart Cherry and within minutes, I had enough energy to power through! Everyone at work loved the taste. It is like you are eating 50 cherries, but without the work of spitting out pits or the mess.
The other juice I sampled was the Tart Cherry Rebuild. This one is made with whey protein and is perfect for a post workout beverage! I shared it with Hubby after our CrossFit class last night and boy did we need it!
5 rounds total, every 3 min
Overhead Squat 4-6 reps (I only did 35# because we were supposed to focus on locking out our shoulders)
Powell Raise 4-6 reps (5# to focus on contracting your lats only)
Then 5 rounds
8 Weighted Step Ups (24 inch box, 35#)
30 sec plank hold right side
30 sec plank hold left side
This was our first Crossfit workout after our vacation and it kicked our butts! After drinking the Rebuild juice, we both felt like we were instantly replenished. The perfect combo of carbs and protein.