Tart Cherry Chocolate-Banana Protein Shake

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The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of the Cherry Marketing Institute.  #RecoverwithRed

Tart Cherry Chocolate-Banana Protein Shake #RecoverWithRed

I recently talked about why tart cherries are so freaking awesome (plus a yummy recipe using both tart cherry concentrate AND dried tart cherries – so darn good)

I talked about the 7-Day Tart Cherry Juice Challenge and the research around it:

  • Tart cherry juice  not only helps with your post-workout recovery; it’s also a fantastic pre-workout drink and has been used by many athletes as part of their routine. (source)
  • It decreases soreness because the tart Montmorency cherries help with inflammation, muscle damage, and oxidative stress.
  • It’s easy to add to your routine- all you need is two 8-oz servings of tart cherry juice per day, which is equivalent to 100 Montmorency cherries! (source)

The Challenge came at a perfect time because I hadn’t worked out in a while before then and it was time to get back on the grind!

I went to a bootcamp class on Wednesday morning and… oh man. I was sore within an hour! It was intense. But it hurt so good….

Needless to say I was sore for like 4 days after that, following another extra bootcamp class that Friday morning and some yoga and jogs in between.

Tart Cherry Chocolate-Banana Protein Shake #RecoverWithRed


Good to be back.

The tart cherries were there at the perfect time to assist with my recovery.

Tart Cherry Chocolate-Banana Protein Shake #RecoverWithRed

I was drinking the tart cherry juice by itself and I really love the flavor of it – maybe it’s just me but I really absolutely love the tart tang and I think it’s absolutely sweet enough naturally as it is.

I also definitely noticed that my soreness seemed to subside sooner than expected. Sure, I was extremely sore the first two days (as expected) but it was more manageable each day after the next. Being able to do a bootcamp class only two days after the first one, even though I felt super sore, might be a good example of that.

But, I wanted to use the tart cherry juice to create something new! I realized I hadn’t created any new protein shake recipes in a while and this is the perfect place for me to use tart cherry juice?

I took out my vegan chocolate protein powder and started to experiment. I’ve never actually used juice as a liquid for a protein powder so I wasn’t sure how it would come out, but I was happy with the result!

Tart Cherry Chocolate-Banana Protein Shake #RecoverWithRed


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Last Updated on March 27, 2019

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