This tart cherry glazed salmon is broiled to perfection with a tart and slightly sweet caramelized cherry exterior. It’s a great way to get all the superfood benefits of salmon with the recovery and sleep benefits of tart cherries.
Anyone that knows me, even just fairly well, knows I am not a morning person. I’ve always said sleep is the best part of my day and besides a handful of epic days in my lifetime, I stand by that statement. There’s not one night I don’t get in bed and feel instantly happy about the comfort of my mattress, huge comfy down comforter and 1000 thread count sheets (low thread count sheets are the devil in disguise). The longer I can stay in that bed, the better, so mornings have never been my thing. To the people that have to brave them starting in the 5 and 6 o’clock hour for work, I truly feel sorry for you. And for the people that choose to wake up in the 4 and 5 o’clock hours to workout before work, I honestly don’t think we’re the same species or, at minimum there’s got to be some genetic mutation going on in one of us because the thought of that just doesn’t even compute in my brain.
Soooo…sleep. Not only do I want a lot of it, I want it to be good too. I’ll leave the glaringly obvious sexual connotation of that statement unsaid and move on…
Here’s the thing though, Ulysses’ schedule ever since being in law enforcement greatly impacts both of those things. His favorite shift ends at 12am and on a good day that means he’s home at 12:40am. However, most days some sort of overtime goes down and his arrival time is anywhere from 1am-4am usually without any forewarning to me. With a normal bedtime of about 11:30pm, this is a big deal for my sleep schedule because going to bed at my normal time means I’m usually not “deep” enough asleep by a 12:40am arrival and get woken up by the garage door only to have to then wait for him to greet Ginger (who goes nuts after not seeing him for 12+ hours), eat something, come upstairs, shower and then eventually climb into bed about 45 minutes later. Even with the white noise of the oil diffuser, the white noise app on my phone and the central A/C, I still wake up. If he’s late due to overtime, you’d think it’d be better since I’d have a chance to be “fully” asleep but it’s not because it’s like my subconscious knows he’s not home and keeps waking me up every 20-30 minutes to look over to his side of the bed to see if he’s come home yet. No matter how much I try to tell it to shut up, it just doesn’t.
Needless to say, his favorite shift is my least favorite.
I’ve already told you about some of the awesome things about tart cherries like their anti-inflammatory effects to aid in exercise recovery but get this, they’re also a natural source of melatonin which may help improve the quality and duration of sleep. Um, perfect.
So this seemed like the perfect opportunity to take the Tart Cherry Juice Sleep Challenge. For two weeks straight, I drank a serving of tart cherry juice (either 8 ounces of the juice or 2 tablespoons of the concentrate) in the morning and at night. Sometimes I’d blend it into smoothies, sometimes I did shots of the concentrate (I love tart, lip puckering flavors so this was my favorite!), but mostly, I’d just dilute both with water and drink normally. At the end of the challenge, I can say that I definitely felt less disrupted in my sleep. I didn’t necessarily sleep longer (however, that’s not something I’ve ever had a problem with) but I did feel like the quality of my sleep improved a bit and I’ll take anything I can get in that department especially on the 12am shift nights.
I’m planning on continuing the tart cherry juice sleep challenge for as long as I can so I’m trying to get a bit more creative in how I get my tart cherry juice servings in. This tart cherry glazed salmon seemed like a great way to incorporate all the benefits of the tart cherry juice without having to drink it at night. Not to mention tart cherries pairing up with a superfood like wild salmon can only be good for you no matter which way you look at it.
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*This post is sponsored by the Cherry Marketing Institute. All opinions and content are my own.