Pomegranate Smoothie Recipe


Pomegranates are an oh so gorgeous winter fruit, with a delicious sweet-tart flavour. Did you know they’re believed to be the oldest known fruit in the world, and they are thought to have originated in Iran. It’s said that the Spanish conquistadors brought them to America in the early 1500s. A smoothie recipe and history class all in one – you never know when those facts might come in handy, Trivial Pursuit anyone?

Pomegranate Smoothie Recipe

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This recipe combines pomegranates with bananas and those important leafy greens our bodies love. Pomegranates are a great source of vitamins C and K, folate and potassium.

Plus they also provide you with energy-boosting B vitamins and phosphorus.

Spinach is rich in beta-carotene, which our bodies convert to vitamin A and is needed for our immune system. Its rich in lutein and zeaxanthin – antioxidants which help protect against age-related eye disorders.

Meanwhile, kale, one of the world’s healthiest vegetables, is high in beta carotene, vitamins K and C, and rich in calcium. It also contains sulforaphane, a chemical with potent anti-cancer properties.

What you need:

  • 1 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 2 cups of coconut water or plain filtered water
  • 1 chopped frozen bananas
  • 2 cups of spinach or kale

Serves two

Make this smoothie:

  1. With a pomegranate it’s the seeds you want. Cut the fruit in half and then scoop out the seeds, separating them from white membrane. Set the seeds to one side.
  2. First add the coconut water and greens to your blender. Blend for 30 seconds to a minute – depending on the power of your blender – until smooth. Remember to start at a slow speed to get things moving.
  3. Switch off the blender and add the pomegranate seeds and banana, blend well for 30 seconds to a minute. Of course if you have pre-programmed smoothie cycle on your blender use that instead.
  4. Pour and enjoy straight away.

You will need a fairly powerful blender to completely grind the pomegranate seeds, but if you don’t have one don’t worry you will still provide a great tasting smoothie.

As always you can experiment – add a nut milk instead of coconut water, fresh bananas instead of frozen. You could also try it with chia seeds or half an orange or it tastes divine with mango too.

Tips:

When picking a pomegranate select one that is heavy – that means it’s ripe and juicy. Look for one that has a shiny smooth skin, is either dark or bright red, and has no cracks or bruises on the skin. A good pomegranate will also have a tight and smooth skin.

Pomegranate Smoothie Recipe
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 2 cups of coconut water or plain filtered water
  • 1 chopped frozen bananas
  • 2 cups of spinach or kale
Instructions
  1. With a pomegranate it’s the seeds you want. Cut the fruit in half and then scoop out the seeds, separating them from white membrane. Set the seeds to one side.
  2. First add the coconut water and greens to your blender. Blend for 30 seconds to a minute – depending on the power of your blender – until smooth. Remember to start at a slow speed to get things moving.
  3. Switch off the blender and add the pomegranate seeds and banana, blend well for 30 seconds to a minute. Of course if you have pre-programmed smoothie cycle on your blender use that instead.
  4. Pour and enjoy straight away.
  5. You will need a fairly powerful blender to completely grind the pomegranate seeds, but if you don’t have one don’t worry you will still provide a great tasting smoothie.
  6. As always you can experiment – add a nut milk instead of coconut water, fresh bananas instead of frozen. You could also try it with chia seeds or half an orange or it tastes divine with mango too.

 

 

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