If you're in tune with the foodie scene—especially in New York—you've likely heard of The Meatball Shop, a delicious spot that serves (you guessed it)meatballs. Not only has co-owner Michael Chernow helped develop many a Meatball Shop (there are six of them currently in New York City), he's also opened a well-regarded seafood restaurant, Seamore's, and most recently become one of the brains behind a new kind of sports drink called WellWell. Chernow and sommelier-turned-MD/MBA Sagan Schultz have developed the first totally certified organic sports drink—one that's free of added sugars, artificial flavoring, and fake coloring. (P.S. Find out Why Endurance Athletes All Swear By Beet Juice.)
The cold-pressed juice is made with watermelon, tart cherry, and lemon and is currently rolling out in Whole Foods across the Northeast, and will also be served on-tap at Chernow's aforementioned Seamore's soon. Organic watermelon, which makes up the bulk of the drink, is reportedly nature's richest source of L-citrulline, an amino acid which reduces soreness and enhances nutrient delivery to your hardworking muscles, according to the company. Likewise, WellWell is loaded with potassium, which aids with recovery too.
But it's the tart cherry juice that's really the magic stuff: In fact, "it's clinically studied to alleviate the symptoms of muscle damage, reduce inflammation and enhance sleep quality," according to WellWell. And while lemons are full of antioxidants, Chernow told amNY that it's primary use was to cut the sweet flavor with its tartness. (Cherry juice is just one unconventional workout drink.) And they're right: There's research to back up their claims. A 2010 study published in The Journal of Medicinal Food found it to improve insomnia in adults; 2013 research found it to help improve chronic knee pain.
You can get a bottle for $5, which is about half the price of most other cold-pressed juices in New York. And since we're always looking to up our post-workout nutrition game, WellWell is definitely going to make its way into our refrigerators soon.