Cherry Delights

Study has found that tart cherry juice is good for our health with the following benefits:
1. Eases Muscle Pains
Tart cherry could increase muscle strength and reduce the soreness. This mainly due to plant compounds in juice help to halt the output of inflammatory enzymes that trigger muscle and joint soreness. From the researched by University of California found that subjects who sipped cherry juice daily reduced levels of these enzymes as much by 25% in two weeks.

2. Strengthen the Immune System
Tart cherry juice is rich in nutrients that includes carbs, fiber, protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, manganese, potassium, copper and vitamin K. Daily dose of the juice is proven to offer a boost to our immune system.

3. Improves Sleep
According to researchers of Louisiana State University, drinking tart cherry juice before bed can increase time spent sleeping by an average of 84 minutes per night. That’s because tart cherries are naturally rich in melatonin, a hormone that regulates the body’s sleep-wake cycle.

In view of the benefits of the tart cherry juice to our body, here are 3 tasty juice recipes that you should try.



1. Rosemary Citrus 

Ingredients (1 serving) :
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 ⁄ 4 cup orange juice
  • 2 Tbsp tart cherry juice
  • 1 Tbsp cranberry juice
  • Prepare a clean cocktail shaker, muddle rosemary, sugar and juices until sugar
  • Strain into ice-filled glass.
  • Top with club soda.
  • Garnish with orange and lemon slices, cherries and rosemary, if desired.
2. Blueberry Mint

Ingredients (1 serving) :
  • 2 sprigs fresh mint
  • 3 ⁄ 4 cup blueberry juice
  • 2 Tbsp tart cherry juice
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • Prepare a cocktail shaker, muddle mint; add juices.
  • Add 1 cup ice; cover. Shake 30 sec. strain into glass.
  • Garnish with blueberries and mint, if desired.


3. Cherry Coconut

Ingredients (1 serving) :
  • 1 cup frozen vanilla yogurt
  • 1 ⁄ 4 cup frozen tart cherries
  • 1 ⁄ 4 cup 2% milk
  • 2 Tbsp tart cherry juice
  • 1 ⁄ 8 tsp coconut extract
  • Purée all ingredients in blender ; pour into glass.
  • Garnish with pitted and halved fresh cherries, if desired.