Oh boy talk about a yummy refreshing project! I am ecstatic about Cheribundi’s new Refresh line of mixed tart cherry beverages.
Perhaps you may be familiar with Cheribundi original line of Tart Cherry Juices:
- Tru=Tart Cherry
I have had a sip of most of the flavors of the Tart Cherry Original Line, as my husband received them for his review (by the way, it helped with his gout) and I was impressed. Then I received my shipment of the Refresh line, a new line from Cheribundi (the sort of drink you’d enjoy with lunch) and I have to say WOW! This line is fun, with a large variety of flavors to choose from. I love both the Refresh line (both with Tart Cherries, of course) with the Fruit Blends and the Refresh Blends Tea line.
I’ve done it again folks, for those that know me, they know that once before I’ve thought of a song for a company, using a familiar song that suddenly occurs to me as I think about the product. Here is my song that is going through my head (sung with the old tune “Cheri Baby”)… I am not sure if I am remembering the old song correctly for the exact change of wording to Cheribundi, but you get the idea. 🙂
“Che-rr-ibu-undi cheribundy, Che-r-i, Che-r-ibundi, Cheri won’t you be mine…yum yum yum yum yum bundi di di di yum yum yum yum yum bundi di di di – ahh ah ah ahhhhhh.”
“(a special addition at the end… whispered) Cheribundi Refresh”
Something like that. lol Okay, so I am one silly ol’ gal here… what can I say I am a tad bit insane as well sharing and honest to a fault at times.
I received a nice big box shipped to my home full of all the delicious flavors of the New Refresh Line from Cheribundi to try. The white capped products are the fruit mixtures and the green capped beverages are the tea mixtures.
With Cheribundi Beverage, you can always count on the fact that they are not from a concentrate and they are all gluten free. And you can check the side of the bottle for the % of Juice as well as other information on their drinks, a nice and clear guide without needing to read all of the fine print.
If you are like me, there is a lot of Spring Cleaning and Yard Work that must be done in the very near future here, and as I do yard work, all the neighbors tend to come out and visit with me. I can purchase more of these tasty drinks to share with the neighbors when they drop by and I will truly need a truely thirst quenching drink from the Refresh line as I work hard too. Actually, these babies are ample in size at 16.9 FL OZ, big enough to share or to quench a really great big thirst. 🙂
I have enjoyed these drinks during an especially trying day of running around, doing chores and after (or during) a particularly stressful day. These beverages are such a great “pick me up” that I recommend them for midway through a work day as well as after a workout, gardening, yard-work or taking the kids to all their activities in a Mother or Fathers grueling day/evening, Refresh is the perfect name!
What are the benefits of Tart Cherries? Check out the Cheribundi website under “Cherry Benefits” and click on the 3 links on their page either on their sites picture of the cherry or on the sidebar to read all the many benefits of Tart Cherries.
I found many sites online mentioning the studies of Tart Cherries and the benefits of the anthocyanins & phytonutrients that are found in them. Some of the studies suggest:
- It is anthocyanins that give tart cherries their color and there is scientific evidence that suggests that drinking tart cherry juice or eating tart cherries can help relieve muscle pain, arthritis pain and the pain of gout.
- In 2004 a study at Johns Hopkins Hospital, reported that phytocompounds in tart cherries suppress pain caused by inflammation about as well as the drug Indocin (Indomethacin). (Indocin is a powerful nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug and it can cause many side effects.)
- Anthocyanins have been shown to have pain relieving traits that are compared to Naproxen and Ibuprofen.
- USDA funded study had discovered that tart cherries have a low glycemic index, are fat free, sodium free as well as high in vitamins C, B6, E and folic acid.
- Tufts University Study confirmed that anthocyanins cross the blood-brain barrier. They had given anthocyanins to aging rodents and the study showed that animals that were given anthocyanins in their diet could get out of water faster and better than those that were not given anthocyanins. They also found reduced confusion and slowness in the rodents that were giving the anthocyanins. As a result of this study it is believed that anthocyanins actually make the brain work better.
Wow, talk about a ton of information out there on the benefits of Tart Cherries, now I have to say that the Refresh line has less Cherries than their original line, but I feel you would still garner some benefit from the proprietary process that Cheribundi uses to make all their beverages as well as the fact that they pick their cherries at the peak of ripeness.
There are 5 flavors to choose from in the Refresh Tart Cherry and Fruit blends and each are absolutely delicious: Tart Cherry Lemonade, Tart Cherry Blueberry, Tart Cherry Cranberry, Tart Cherry Pomegranate and last but not least Tart Cherry Raspberry. My favorite of the Refresh Tart Cherry and Fruit Blends? I have to admit it’s a very hard choice, as I love all these flavors. If I must choose a #1 Flavor of the Tart Cherry & Fruit Blends would be the Raspberry.
There are 4 flavors in the Refresh Tart Cherry and Tea blends and again they are all absolutely delicious: Tart Cherry Rooibos Tea, Tart Cherry Black Tea, Tart Cherry Green Tea and last but not least Tart Cherry Jasmine Tea. I simply cannot pick a favorite of the tea blends, I love them all equally as well.
Honestly, I can think of times depending upon what I am looking for, since the flavors are (to me) Sweet, Tart or Sweet with a Tart finish in their Fruit Blends and the flavors are all different theirTea Blends, depending upon the tea used in the blend.
Hints, don’t forget to shake the bottles well and if you want something extra cold and don’t want to carry a cooler with you. You can put your bottle in the freezer for 30 minutes or so (depends upon your freezer, I bet) to get a fast cool down so you still have a very portable bottle to carry with you….I’ve done this when I needed to go somewhere and forgot to put my Cheribundi in my Fridge over night (just don’t forget it or you may have a mess from a frozen overflow in your freezer to clean up).
If you want to freeze or partially freeze it, so you have time to drink it cold from a couple of hours to on in your day and you are away from a Fridge, here is the best way to freeze it, Open up the bottle drink out of your bottle (to about 1 to 2 inches out of space between the cheribundi and the cap) and place in your freezer for the desired amount of time (again depending upon when you will be drinking it).
I highly recommend Cheribundi Refresh as I really love the line and my husband has liked the sips of it that he’s tried too. I also recommend that you consider the Refresh Line from Cheribundi to help you get away from the soda pop, there are enough varieties of flavors that I am sure you will find one to your liking.
I would be remiss if I did not to mention this review by my husband, I tried some of them and found them taste as well. To read more about Cheribundi and their original product, Click Here (this will take you to my husband’s review as it opens the link in a new window or tab to make it easy to come back here and enter the giveaway here).
Okay and now for the Giveaway, one of you will win a variety case of Cheribundi Refresh, just like I received! This giveaway is limited to the Continental US.
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Disclaimer: Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed this product. I received a case of Cheribundi Refresh to try for this review. I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return.. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. The photo’s used in this review were provided by Cheribundi and me.