Doesn’t it seem like there’s been a lot of hype around cherries lately? It may just be me (since I work in the industry), but this time of the year, everyone’s talking about cherries and for good reason; cherries are crazy good for you.  There are many health benefits of cherry juice!

I’m on the go a lot, so when I don’t have time to grab a handful of cherries, I like to sip on fresh cherry juice instead. Cherry juice possesses various health benefits including fiber that can help digestion, the ability to lower cholesterol and level blood sugar, and may even help with weight loss. Cherries have vitamin A, vitamin C (16% of the daily recommended value in one serving), calcium, potassium (which helps keep the body functioning properly) and iron.

For people like me who are pretty active, cherries can also aid in a faster recovery time. Studies have found cherry juice (tart cherry juice specifically, but tart and sweet cherries have very similar health benefits) helps you recover quicker after a tough workout due to its ability to reduce muscle soreness as a result of anthocyanins, an antioxidant found in cherries. Anthocyanins can help with a number of things in the body including supporting the body’s heart and surrounding tissues, decreasing inflammation within the body, and can even help prevent certain cancers. Anthocyanins are also responsible for giving cherries their dark red coloring. You can also find boron in cherries, a mineral that helps maintain calcium levels and promotes bone health.


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With all of that being said, one of the greatest attributes of all is that cherries are fat-, cholesterol-, and sodium-free which makes it a great snack to curve those sneaky evening cravings (yeah, here’s looking at you ice cream and salty bag of chips). Plus, there are only about 90 calories in one cup of cherries. So in short, cherries are a superfruit and we love it.

But how do you make cherry juice with Stemilt sweet cherries? It’s actually really easy and you don’t even need to pit the cherries! Check out the recipe below. Have you ever made cherry juice? If you have, let me know what your favorite method is!

 

Health Benefits of Homemade Cherry Juice

Ingredients

  • 6 cups fresh-stemmed cherries
  • 3/4 cup water

I'm on the go a lot, so when I don’t have time to grab a handful of cherries, I like to sip on fresh cherry juice instead.

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  • Yield
    3 servings
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  • In Category
    Cherries, Drinks & Smoothies, Quick & Easy, Summer.
  • Level
    Easy

I’m on the go a lot, so when I don’t have time to grab a handful of cherries, I like to sip on fresh cherry juice instead.

Instructions

  1. Stem six cups of cherries and place them into a blender.
  2. Add 3/4 cup water to the blender full of cherries.
  3. Pulse on low-medium until cherries are blended. DO NOT OVER BLEND!
  4. Place the fine mesh strainer over a large bowl with the cheese cloth lining the strainer.
  5. Slowly pour the mixture into the strainer and let the juice fall into the bowl below. Once you pour the entire contents into the strainer, use the cheese cloth to squeeze out any remaining juice.
  6. Pour juice from the bowl into a mason jar, seal tightly and place in the refrigerator. Consume cherry juice within 2-3 days of making it.

Nutritional Information

Per Serving

  • Calories: 58
  • Protein Content: 1g
  • Carbohydrate Content: 15g
  • Fiber Content: 2g
  • Sugar Content: 12g
  • Fat Content: 0g