Healthy Recipe: Simply “Sorbet” Starring Tart Cherry Juice


Our Recipe of the Month in July is a real winner:  “Sorbet” that’s so easy to make and sooo yummy. The bonus:  It’s 100% fruit.  Buy frozen fruit, or freeze your own, drop it into a blender with a little juice, and voila, a healthy dessert that even kids will love!

You can use the fruits and juices of your choice but in our recipe, we give a couple of blends that we like: Strawberry, Peach & Mango Juice and Raspberry, Banana & Tart Cherry Juice.  Check out our recipe here.

Which brings me to my nutrition pitch for the day.  Last week I was the guest of the Cherry Marketing Institute at the National Cherry Festival, a lovely event organized to promote tart cherries grown in Northern Michigan.  I’ve long been a fan of sweet bing cherries in the late spring, and had only in the last few years begun to enjoy dried cherries the rest of the year.  Didn’t realize I was eating tart cherries most of the time when I was eating dried.  Also didn’t realize I was eating something that rivals the nutritional benefits of the acai berries that are getting so much attention these days.  For example, tart cherries are rich in melatonin (an antioxidant that supports sleep), anthocyanins (antioxidants linked to heart disease and cancer prevention), at least 17 other antioxidants, beta carotene and fiber.  And they taste great!

Currently, tart cherries are most easily found in stores as dried cherries and tart cherry juice. They’re also the canned cherries known as pie cherries. I hope frozen varieties become more available soon because they are great in smoothies.  I’ll share a recipe with you soon for one that Ellie Krieger demo’d for us last week.  It was extremely yummy.

Another bonus::  Tart cherries are grown in the U.S., good news for green eating in the U.S.  The cherry folks are calling them “America’s super fruit.”

If you want to read more about our approach to healthy eating that feels and tastes good, check out my guest post today over at MizFitOnline.  I’m talking about food as fuel, but with a different take on that subject than usual.

So there you go.  Enjoy!

6 responses to “Healthy Recipe: Simply “Sorbet” Starring Tart Cherry Juice”

  1. Kim says:

    Thanks for the comment on I love fruit smoothies but haven’t tried the sorbet.
    I’m going to check out the links you have as I need new recipes for prior fat girls daddy as he’s trying to lose some weight. We do like cherries.
    Thanks for the info
    (priorfatgirls mom)

  2. Linda Woods says:

    Fantastic post, thank you for the recipe. Yum! I’m going to check out your links too. I’ve switched to a vegetarian lifestyle and always looking for fresh new tastes. Linda

  3. Sagan says:

    I like the sorbet idea! And yum cherries.

    Sagan’s last blog post..Recap of an indulgent weekend

  4. Your recipes look delicious (my kids would definitely love them). I saw frozen cherries at Trader Joe’s today. I picked them up and then put them back! Next time I’m there, I’m going to buy them and come up with a smoothie recipe. If you have one, please share. Otherwise, when I create one, I’ll post it to my blog!
    Hope the trip to the cherry country was a blast.

    Liz – Meal Makeover Mom’s last blog post..Grilling Gift Basket Giveaway

  5. Marsha says:

    Thanks, Kim, Linda & Sagan for the thumbs up on the recipe. It really is a good one. Made it again last night.

    Hey, Liz –Yay to hear that TJ’s has frozen cherries! Now if we could only get a TJ’s up here. 🙂 And, yes, cherry country was a blast! Great wine-tasting event, too. :))

    I’m going to post Ellie’s recipe for the cherry smoothie next week so stay tuned. It is extremely yummy.

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If you’re looking for an embodiment of dedication disguised as obsession, look no further. Marsha is a registered dietitian who has spent the last four decades working to help women give up dieting rules and understand how to truly take care of themselves. Her mission in life is to help women learn to enjoy eating and living well, without worries about their weight. She encourages women to embrace their love of food, which you might call being a foodie. If so, it’s appropriate because being a foodie means you pay attention when you eat. That’s a recipe made in heaven for eating well. Marsha is the President and Co-Owner of Green Mountain at Fox Run.

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