A Smoothie For Lovers and Rain Makers!
This smoothie is an antioxidant, super concentrated seed protein blend from Rain International featuring our newest protein supplement called FORM. This drink is a branch chain amino acid powerhouse that’s perfect for chocolate lovers around the world. It also has 2 cups of cherries— which are packed with fiber, antioxidants and vitamin C. Chocolate lovers and romantics, this one’s for you sexy people out there.
With a wide range of health benefits, cherries — and more specifically, tart cherries — are an oft-overlooked superfoods. But whether it’s insomnia, joint pain or belly fat you’re dealing with, cherries may be just what the doctor ordered. Here’s why.
Cherries battle belly fat. Researchers found that tart cherries have significant weight management benefits for animals, including reduced belly fat. In the study, rats that received whole tart cherry powder mixed into a high-fat diet didn’t gain as much weight or build up as much body fat as rats that didn’t receive cherries. Their blood also showed much lower levels of certain inflammation markers linked to heart disease and diabetes. And, in addition, they had significantly lower blood levels of cholesterol and triglycerides than their cherry-deprived counterparts.
Cherries cut your chance of getting gout. If you have ever felt the agonizing pain of a gout attack (swollen toes and all) it quickly becomes something you don’t want to experience again. For gout sufferers, tart cherries may be another solution to add to their anti-gout arsenal. A 2012 study published in Arthritis & Rheumatism found that patients with gout who consumed cherries over a two-day period (yes, just two days!) showed a 35% lower risk of gout attacks compared to their fruit wary counterparts. In addition, the risk of gout flares was 75 per cent lower when cherry intake was combined with the uric-acid reducing drug, allopurinol. And if you are wondering if you will have to start your own cherry farm, the participants consumed just ½ cup (or 10-12 cherries) up to three times per day.
Cherries combat post-workout soreness. Find yourself having trouble walking down the stairs (or even sitting down) after a hard workout? If you’re looking for a healthy way to fight post-exercise soreness, cherries fit the bill. Studies suggest a cup and a half of tart cherries or one cup of tart cherry juice can significantly reduce muscle inflammation and soreness (remember that a good workout actually causes muscle damage, resulting in inflammation).
In one study a group of marathon runners drank tart cherry juice or a placebo drink twice daily for seven days prior to their race. The cherry juice group reported significantly less post-race muscle pain. Remember to have it immediately post workout (i.e. with your FORM Plant SEED ONLY based protein) when your muscles are primed to absorb excess insulin in the bloodstream.
Cherries provide natural osteoarthritis relief. If you can’t shake the pain and discomfort of swollen joints and you are frustrated with the side effects of the standard prescription of ice and NSAIDs you can choose to stock up on tart cherries either in juice, pill or fruit form.
Cherries reduce stroke risk. Researchers from the University of Michigan Health System found that tart cherries provide cardiovascular benefits equal to some
medications, and can improve the result even when taken with prescriptions. They believe that anthocyanins — the pigments that give the tart cherries its red color — may activate something called PPAR in bodily tissues, which in turn regulate fat and glucose levels and therby reduce risk factors for high cholesterol, blood pressure and diabetes. Not a bad gig for such a small fruit!
Cherries help you get some sleep. Perhaps the most common complaint that I hear from new patients and clients has to do with sleep. Whether it stems from unbalanced hormones, excess stress, a busy mind or unhealthy habits, a large portion of us are left tossing and turning each night in desperation–but cherries could help.
The results? There were significant increases in time in bed, total sleep time, and sleep efficiency total with cherry and protein supplementation. I recommend drinking half to one cup an hour before bed and/or right after a workout. (Do Not Use The Banana if Drinking it at Night Use the Avocado Instead.)
FORM The Purest, Most Powerful Complete Protein Supplement, and Yest its Made From Natures Purest Ingredients. SEEDS
- Load In Your High Speed Blender In This Order. ( Vitamix or Blendtec Preferred)
- 2 Scoops of FORM Chocolate Super Seed Protein From Rain International (Purchase Here)
- 2 Cups of Either Almond, Hemp or Coconut Milk Unsweetened
- 2 Cups of organic Spinach
- 2 Cups dark cherries, pitted (frozen is recommended)
- 1 Frozen Banana or use 1/2 an avocado if you like.
- 1 Teaspoon Saigon Cinnamon (you can use less)
- 2 Tablespoons Dried Coconut
Option: 4 drops of Medicine Flower Pure Organic Cherry Flavor (alcohol and SUGAR free BTW and I LOVE this company, they are the best out there when it comes to flavors)
Blend until creamy smooth at least 40 seconds, and top with a few sweet cacao nibs and a dark cherry