Thursday, July 15, 2010

Test Lab Thursday--Cheribundi

I was planning to do Test Lab Tuesday but I didn't write this review in time and I also realized that fellow blogger, Tall Mom, already does a test lab on tuesday's--SO, it's going to be Test Lab Thursday's over here, not quite the same ring but it'll do. 

Over the past couple of months I've been fortunate enough to try some amazing products.  Given my injury, having something fun to try out made the workouts I could do all the more enjoyable.  I'm going to start Test Lab Thursday with Cheribundi.

What Cheribundi says?

"Our proprietary juicing process, which was developed with Cornell University, bottles all of the good nutrients of tart cherries rather than boil them away. The phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals in cheribundi™ will keep you feeling great and living life to the fullest.

Navigate your way to becoming a cheri-ologist below and learn what makes cherries and cheribundi™ something you should be drinking every day.

Sometimes it takes regular people to stumble upon a really good thing. That's how cheribundi™ was created: snacking on Montmorency tart cherries eased a regular person's back pain. This anecdotal cure was researched by food scientists at Cornell University who not only uncovered the benefits of tart cherries, but also developed a proprietary juicing process so all the cherry-goodness and nutrients could be delivered in a great tasting juice.

Whether you're trying to stay active and healthy or win a triathlon, this juice made from America's Superfruit™ will give you benefits exclusive to the round little fruit. Drink daily any one of our three varieties (Tru Cherry™, Skinny Cherry™ or Whey Cherry™) and you'll find yourself living life to the fullest, feeling on top of your game and giggling at our funny name - every day." (taken from their website)

What I tried?

I tried the TruCherry, Skinny Cherry and the Whey Cherry.

My thoughts:

TruCherry—Big thumbs up from me. Both Mr. Pi and I tried this juice after hard workouts. Mr. Pi after a hard run and me after a long trainer ride session. It was tart but not too tart. I can’t say if it sped our recovery or not but it was a satisfying tasty snack post-workout.  I was worried that the tartness after a hard workout might be too acidic but it was the perfect balance of tart and sweet.  YUM!

Skinny Cherry—I tried this at work for an afternoon snack. Sometimes “light” versions can taste off but I actually wished I’d done a side-by-side comparison of the Tru and Skinny versions to see if I could tell a difference.  The Skinny version is sweetened with Stevia, an all natural sugar subsitute.  Having an all natural sweetener gave a naturally sweet taste instead of weird after taste sweet.  Unrelated to Cheribundi I've been doing a lot of reading on food science and the food industry and I'm definitely checking products a lot more closely for weird additives and fake stuff.  Cheribundi gets an extra thumbs up from me for their commitment to sustainability and not using corn syrup in their products. 

Whey Cherry—Sadly, this is where my thumbs up become a thumbs down. I really liked the idea of a protein cherry drink but I did not care for this at all. After I finished the bottle, I did come up with some good alternative uses that I would try in the future:

1) Use in a smoothie. I bet I wouldn’t have been able to taste the not so pleasant after taste if I had used this product in a smoothie instead of drinking it straight.

2) Combine with sparkling water for a faux Italian soda.

3) Use in a sauce/salad dressing.

A few weeks after trying Cheribundi I read about a medical study about tart cherry juice and how it reduces pain and inflammation after running. Read the story here.

I would certainly buy Cheribundi if I could find it at the store sadly, there isn't a retailer within 250 miles of Portland.

Thanks Cheribundi!