Fuel Review: Cheribundi

I was sent the trial pack of Cheribundi products by CherryPharm recently and after having sampling all of them, I have to say: YUM!

Cheribundi logo
How does it taste?
I said it before and I’ll say it again… YUM! The Cheribundi lineup of juices are made from tart cherry juice. So yes, they’re tart! But I liked it a lot. Some people may need to water it down, but the taste really reminded me of the tart cherry pie my husband I sometimes make. (It’s been nearly a year and a half since we made it last! Maybe we should make it for our upcoming anniversary!)

The pack I received contained 3 different flavors:

Tru Cherry: Their original juice.
Ingredients: Tart Cherry Juice, Water, Apple Juice Concentrate (As a sweetener)
Nutrition: 130 calories per 8 oz bottle, contains 50 cherries or 2 servings of fruit

This one tasted good and was easy to drink. No weird floaters in the juice and I didn’t find it too tart, it was just right for me.

Skinny Cherry: Their lower calorie juice
Ingredients: Tart Cherry Juice, Water, REB A (Natural Stevia Leaf Sweetener)
Nutrition: 90 calories per 8 oz bottle, contains 40 cherries

This one tasted okay, but it tasted a little watered down to me compared to the original.

Whey Cherry: Their protein/recovery juice
Ingredients: Tart Cherry Juice, Whey Protein (Whey protein isolate, phosphoric acid, citric acid), Water, Apple Juice Concentrate (As a sweetener), Niacinamide (Niacin), Calcium D-Pantothenate (Pantothenic Acid), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (B6), Riboflavin, Thiamine Mononitrate (Thiamin), Folic Acid, Biotin, Cyanocobalamin (B12) and Maltodextrin
Nutrition: 160 calories, 8 grams of protein, contains 45 cherries

I was surprised with how smooth this one was, it was a really nice recovery drink. I don’t typically drink whey though, cause it’s a milk based product that has a tendency to make me sick. But I toughed it out for you guys! 😉 It didn’t make me sick, but I don’t think I’d push my luck with drinking whey all the time. I did try adding a quarter scoop of my Nutribody protein to the original cherry juice to make a protein/recovery drink… but it was a lot grittier than the Whey Cherry drink.

Why would Cheribundi be beneficial to a runner?
I’ve read in Runners’ World about the great anti-inflammatory benefits of cherry juice. Most runners could benefit from a good anti-inflammatory action to help all the wear and tear we put on our bodies. Plus I like the idea of that coming from a more natural source as opposed to a medicine that just masks the pain. The tart cherry is chock full of phytonutrients, the building blocks that help plants rebuild cells, so it’s very possible that they would work the same way in helping us rebuild our bodies.

I did a search online to see if there were retailers near me, but a search on their site of a 100 mile radius around Las Vegas turned up zip, zilch, nada. And I don’t think I would pay to have a juice shipped to me. I’m not typically a big juice drinker, but if I saw this in the grocery store, I think I would grab a bottle. (Grab a bottle and pay for it, I’m not shoplifting!)

This product was sent to me for free by the manufacturer. The review is my own opinion of the product though.

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