tart cherry smoothie

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.