Black pepper has the power to aid digestion, ease congestion, stimulate your metabolism, and increase nutrient absorption. Combined with antioxidant-rich cherries and our Cherry Lowfat Kefir, this delicious Black Pepper Cherry Smoothie is a potent tonic that’ll leave you wanting more.
Muscle Protection: Not Just for Athletes
Endurance athletes have been consuming tart cherry juice since the 1900s, but they’re not the only ones who can benefit from it. Physical activity of any level typically leads to better health, but it also causes muscle damage (you need to break down muscle to build muscle), which can lead to inflammation and pain. Muscle fatigue and pain can also manifest from every day activities like walking, gardening, and carrying groceries. Tart cherry juice may be what you need to soothe your muscles. In fact, tart cherry juice may provide relief for those with osteoarthritis knee pain.
A healthy heart makes for a healthy life. A cocktail of mindful eating, exercise, and stress reduction is always recommended to improve your wellbeing. Drinking tart cherry juice is, well, like putting the cherry on top – it can make things a little bit tastier. Just as kefir supports your digestive system, the antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds in tart cherry juice can support a healthy heart by reducing risks for heart disease and diabetes.
Feed Your Brain
Anthocyanin-rich fruits positively affect the brain, making cherries a great pathway to cognitive health. The high antioxidants in cherries help reduce inflammation in the brain, making it easier to retain information and boost memory. People who regularly consume cherries (two to three times per week) have healthier brain function and are less likely to develop dementia as they age.
- 1 cup Cherry Lowfat Kefir
- ¼ cup cherries, pitted and frozen
- ½ banana, frozen
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- Add all ingredients to the pitcher of a high-powered blender. Blend on high until smooth.
- Pour into a glass and garnish with cherries and fresh mint.