Plump, red and juicy, tart cherries have been a timeless staple of cuisines around the world.
But did you know that these unassuming drupe fruits have health benefits as well? Both the skin and the flesh of cherries boast an impressive nutritional profile, supplying beneficial phytonutrients such as anthocyanins and quercetin, both of which are antioxidants that support your overall health and well-being.**
Unlike their sweeter cousins, tart cherries have a strong, lip-puckering flavor that can be a great addition to many dishes. If you’re looking to get more of this wholesome juice in your daily menu, try out these healthy recipes using Piping Rock’s own Organic Tart Cherry Juice!
- 1. In a blender, add frozen fruit, yogurt, tart cherry juice and agave nectar.
- 2. Blend on high until smooth. If your smoothie is too thick, try adding a bit of water or more juice to thin it out. If your smoothie needs more sweetness, add more agave nectar until desired flavor.
- 3. Serve chilled and enjoy!
- 1. In a 16 ounce jar, add your cherry juice, apple juice and water. Add the chia seeds, cover the jar and shake vigorously.
- 2. Let the mixture settle, then shake again. Repeat this process every 30 seconds or so for about 3 minutes. This helps to evenly distribute the chia seeds while they soak up the liquid.
- 3. Store in the refrigerator overnight so the chia seeds can finish becoming evenly distributed in the juicy goodness. Serve cold and enjoy!
- The reason you want to do the repeated shaking step is because chia seeds naturally soak up liquid like a sponge. If you allow the chia seeds to sit on the top of the juice, they will solidify into a gooey mass. Shaking the juice and distributing the seeds helps to avoid this.
- 1. In a saucepan over low heat, melt your dark chocolate. Meanwhile, add the rest of the ingredients into a blender.
- 2. Once the chocolate is melted, add to the blender and blend until smooth.
- 3. Chill and serve with a frozen cherry as garnish. Enjoy!
- 1. In a medium saucepan, heat ½ cup Tart Cherry Juice until it starts to bubble. In a large bowl, add the remaining juices and the gelatin, letting it bloom.
- 2. Add the hot juice to the large bowl, then add the elderberry/sambucus syrup, wildflower honey and vanilla extract. Whisk until well combined.
- 3. Pour mixture into molds or a loaf pan and place in the refrigerator to chill and set for 1-3 hours.
- 4. Remove from molds or, if in a loaf pan, cut into your desired sized pieces. Pop a couple per day and enjoy the wholesome flavors!
- What is your favorite way to take tart cherry juice? Did you try any of these recipes for yourself? Share your results with us in the comments!
Health & happiness,