In honor of cherry season coming to an end this month, choc up your antioxidant protection and reduce inflammation with this filling and decadent Chocolate Cherry Protein Shake.

Did you know cherries can reduce post-exercise pain? They can make that post-HIIT workout soreness less intense, protect against the cellular wear and tear from exercise, and help support muscle recovery. Plus, one cup, or about 21 cherries, contains less than 100 calories and 15% of your daily vitamin C needs. Now that’s definitely not the pits! 

 

Tart cherries offer arthritis pain relief, can help reduce belly fat, reduce post-exercise muscle pain and may activate a receptor in your body’s tissues which help regulate genes involved in fat and glucose metabolism. According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, this activation may help lower your risk of heart disease.

 

Using frozen cherries lets you bank this recipe for use all year round when those chocolate covered cherry cravings come at you with a vengeance. We think you’ll like this cherry much.

 ingredients for cherry shake

 

Put the following ingredients in a blender and turn it ON! Enjoy!

  • ¾ cup of milk or milk substitute
  • 1 serving of chocolate protein powder
  • ¾ cup frozen cherries (tart or sweet, your choice!)
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tsp ground flaxseed
  • ½ cup ice

 ingredients for cherry shake