Chilly Cheribundi [Smoothie Packs Review]

by Sarah on May 19, 2014 · 3 comments

Apparently the good folks at Cheribundi received some sort of sign about my unceasing smoothie obsession.IMG_9993 (800x534)

Maybe they were just so excited about my Christmastime Cherry Ginger Beet “Santa smoothie” that they wanted to give me more opportunities to spread good cherry cheer?IMG_0698 (800x534)While I have not concocted any other recipes per se, I have maximized my frozen tart cherry puree smoothie packs in many a chilly snacktime creation.IMG_2794 (681x1024)

The packs freeze quickly, and are great for mixing into smoothies because with just a few seconds under warm water, they are ready to add a nice, thick, cherry-flavored iciness without diluting whatever flavor you may be interested in trying.

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I will say that while the Tart Cherry infuses a fabulous flavor–with all of the muscle recovery, restorative benefits that comes with such concentrated cherry puree–into a protein powder based smoothie, like this chocolate cherry version  topped with crystallized ginger, dried cherries, and pistachios…IMG_5066 (1024x682)

…the Cherry Mango has a nice tropical hint when you taste it straight from its pouch, but it weakens when mixed with anything else, like bananas.IMG_2819 (1024x682)

(Topping with brilliantly bright dried tropical fruit extracted from the Costco Fruit & Nut Trail Mix bag at least gives the illusion of an island flavor profile…)IMG_20140501_164058

Overall, they are a great, single-serve option for adding a burst of cherry flavor and health benefit to a smoothie or shake.IMG_20140308_163758

With nothing but concentrated cherry puree inside, it has made me wonder if I couldn’t use them for something besides the smoothies for which they are marketed, in the same way I sometimes use other concentrated frozen juices for recipes…IMG_8467 (1024x683)

Thank you, Cheribundi, for the opportunity to try out your smoothie packs, and I’m excited to continue sampling from my stash of newly formulated sports-focused juices as well!

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Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut May 19, 2014 at 5:38 pm

Oooh that’s a fun idea! It reminds me of those frozen margarita packs!

Calee May 20, 2014 at 11:24 am

Smart idea! I can actually eat cherries too. Bought frozen apples a few weeks back because I realized that’s about the only frozen fruit I can stomach.

Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli May 28, 2014 at 4:47 am

Confession: I finally drank my last Cheribundi the other day…you know, the ones they gave us at the first Blend? And you thought YOU had it bad as a food hoarder! 😯

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