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Sleep Doctor’s Sleep Slim Tart Cherry Smoothie Recipe

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Sleep Slim Smoothie

Enjoy this delicious Sleep Slim Smoothie recipe courtesy of sleep doctor Dr. Michael Breus, PhD and the Dr. Oz Show .  “Cherries are one of the richest known sources of melatonin, the sleep hormone that recent studies have shown can also help reverse the effects of aging, while bananas contain loads of magnesium, a calming mineral. Lastly, soy milk is high in tryptophan, the sleep-inducing amino acid.”

1 cup tart cherry juice (2 tbl Northport Organic Tart Cherry Juice Concentrate)
1/2 banana
1/2 cup soy milk or 4-6 oz soy yogurt (if using soy yogurt, add an additional 1/2 cup fat-free milk)
5 ice cubes
1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract

Combine the cherry juice, banana, milk or yogurt with fat-free milk, ice and vanilla in a blender. Blend until smooth.

We incorporate tart cherry juice concentrate into our smoothies by pouring an ounce (2 tbl.) of concentrate straight into the blender with the fruit and ice. Cherry juice is versatile; Have a little fun with the flavors by adding your favorite fruits, or try tossing in a handful of spinach or kale for an extra nutritious boost.


By |March 10th, 2014|Recipes|0 Comments|

Spring Forward to a Better Night’s Sleep with Tart Cherry Juice

Spring Ahead to a Better Night’s Sleep (via PR Newswire)

Research suggests tart cherry juice may help increase sleep efficiency During Sleep Awareness Week, consider new ways to improve sleep efficiency, such as adding tart cherries, a natural source of melatonin, to your diet. LANSING, Mich.,…


If it doesn’t say Montmorency tart cherry juice, grown in the U.S., it probably isn’t.

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Montmorency Cherries © King Orchards

If you watched the headlines last spring and summer, you are probably aware that the Michigan tart cherry crop, nearly all of which is the Montmorency variety of cherries, suffered a 90% loss this year. This resulted in an extremely short supply of U.S. grown tart cherries, and by extension, a shortage of tart cherries available for juice. Because we are tart cherry growers ourselves, we were aware of the impending crop failure early, and were able to get out in front of the curve to secure enough locally and regionally grown, USDA certified organic tart cherries for our Northport Organic tart cherry juice concentrate.

Not everyone in the tart cherry juice business has been able to source Montmorency tart cherries for their products, and many have resorted to importing Morello sour cherries from overseas. We have noticed over the past several months that some retailers have been selling the imported Morello cherry  juice without telling their customers of this important change to their product. We contacted a few online retailers ourselves, such as Dynamic Health and Swanson’s, and asked them if their tart cherry juice products were made from US grown Montmorency tart cherries. We were told they were using imported “tart cherries” of an unspecified variety. This most assuredly means they are not Montmorency, as European cherries are primarily Morello.

We have no issue with honest retailers using Morello cherries in their products, or importing cherries to meet their ingredient needs. The problem is that many of these retailers are not presenting complete, truthful information to their customers. Instead, they are allowing their customers to think they are getting U.S. grown tart cherries (Montmorency), with the same health benefits and research […]

By |January 2nd, 2013|Cherry News, Products|0 Comments|

Tart Cherry Juice 1 of 10 New Foods to Power Up Your Workout

Cherry SmoothieShape Magazine recently listed Tart Cherry Juice as one of 10 foods to power up your workout, along with coffee, raisins, bananas, tomato juice, apples, leafy greens, beets, ginger, and greek yogurt.


“Inflammation is the scourge of muscles, causing pain and swelling and hindering performance in your next workout,” Kimball says. Ease that affliction with cherries. “They’re rich in polyphenolic compounds — namely flavanoids and anthyocyanins — that are shown to decrease inflammation,” Kimball says. In fact, when athletes consumed a cherry concentrate daily for seven days before and two days after a strength-training workout, their muscles recovered faster, U.K. researchers reported.   Read full article here:

Montmorency tart cherry juice concentrate mixes very well with other healthy foods, and a little bit goes a long way to enhance both the flavor and the nutritional qualities of many recipes. We have incorporated a number of these power ingredients into one delicious, nutrition-packed cherry smoothie:

Simply place a scoop/handful each of ice, bananas, yogurt, fresh or IQF frozen fruit (blueberries and raspberries work great), and baby spinach into the blender.

Pour 2 or 3 tablespoons of Northport Organic tart cherry juice concentrate over the whole thing. Blend until smooth and voila! You have a tasty, energizing and healthful smoothie to power your workout or every busy day. Enjoy!

Tart Cherries – Simple Secrets to Reducing Your Waistline

By |April 3rd, 2012|Cherry News|0 Comments|