I always make New Year’s resolutions, but I don’t take them that seriously – which is probably why they don’t really stick. This year, I’ve got on my docket: cook more whole, healthy foods for my family, re-establish a daily yoga practice, strength train outside of the classes I teach and…drink more tart cherry juice. The last one, the cherry juice one, got pegged on just today.
I’ve known that tart cherry juice offers benefits. I try to have a bottle in the fridge and add it to smoothies, or use it (mixed with water and salt) for long runs – but more often than not, I don’t have it hanging around. Tart cherry juice has been shown to reduce muscle soreness post marathon. But, just today I also learned that its potent antioxidants can also help reduce muscle damage after a hard lifting session and fight insomnia. You’ve got to down a noticeable amount of the pricey potion – 8 to 12 ounces per day, twice per day — it seems, to get results.
I may start incorporating tart cherries daily, rather than every so often, to see the effects. As I head out of taper into the Arizona Rock n Roll marathon and then plunge right back into Ironman training, I could certainly use the boost.
Pick up tart cherry juice at most grocery stores. You’ll find it in the bottled, not refrigerated, juice area. It’s about $9 for a 32-ounce bottle. Costco also sells tart cherries frozen – which are amazing in smoothies (try it with a frozen banana, coconut milk and whey protein). I’m not sure they’re as potent or concentrated in antioxidants as the juice, however.
One of my other resolutions is to reduce my fancy coffee drink consumption, so perhaps I can put my investment in the juice instead.