This is a delicious, chocolatey green smoothie using one of my favorite holiday fruits – the pomegranate!
This green smoothie recipe delivers an epic dose of health-promoting antioxidants thanks to the pomegranate, blueberries, raspberries, raw cacao and fresh baby spinach. If antioxidants are what you are after, this recipe has more than enough!
Besides antioxidants, pomegranates are a great source of vitamins B5 and C, as well as potassium and dietary fiber. There are numerous health benefits associated with pomegranates.
In general, you can get 1/2 cup of pomegranate arils from a half a large pomegranate. To remove the arils, (the edible seed and juice pods that surround the seed), simply cut the pomegranate in half, then hold it seed side down. Using a spoon, smack the top and sides of the peel. The airls will fall out and leave the inedible white part inside the peel.
Antioxidant Blast Green Smoothie Recipe with Pomegranate
- 1/2 cup pomegranate arils
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 banana, peeled
- 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
- 1 tablespoon cacao powder
- 3 cups baby spinach
- 8 ounces unsweetened almond milk
Directions: Start by adding the liquid to your blender (see my blender recommendations), followed by the soft fruit. Add the greens to your blender last. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until the smoothie is creamy.
If you are using a high-speed blender, you can add a half of carrot to boost the beta-carotene content of this green smoothie.
Nutrition Information: Calories: 375 | Fat: 3g | Protein: 9g | Carbohydrates: 78g | Fiber: 20.7g | Calcium: 13% RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) | Iron: 5.0mg | Folate: 244.2 mcg | Vitamin A: 62% RDA | Vitamin C: 84% RDA
This smoothie is also a rich source of vitamins B1 through B6, vitamin K, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.
Serving Size: One. (This recipe makes a large, 32-ounce smoothie. It is a meal-replacement smoothie and not a snack. I recommend drinking half right away and the other half about 30 minutes later. If it is too much for you, store leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.)
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This antioxidant-rich green smoothie recipe includes berries, berries and more berries! Four different types of exotic berry lend an delicious flavor to this wonderful blend.
Goji berries are a great source of calories and protein in a tiny package. They add a powerful, nutritious punch without bulking up your smoothie like it would if you used strawberries or other larger fruits. This smoothie is about 20 ounces and it kept me fueled between breakfast and lunch.
Fresh mulberries and golden berries can be hard to find in some areas. You can sometimes find mulberry trees growing in your neighborhood. For this recipe, I used dried mulberries and golden berries that I briefly soaked in water before blending.
Frozen acai puree chills the smoothie and adds even more antioxidants.
I didn’t add greens to this smoothie, but you can add spinach or another mild-flavored green if you like.
- 1 medium banana, peeled
- 1 100 gram pouch of Amafruits acai puree
- 1/3 cup goji berries
- 1/3 cup dried mulberries, soaked for 10 minutes
- 1/3 cup golden berries (does not need to be soaked)
- 6 ounces of homemade almond milk
Nutrition Information: Calories: 365 | Fat: 6g | Protein: 9g | Carbohydrates: 68g | Fiber: 10g | Calcium: 9% RDA | Iron: 5.7mg | Vitamin A: 250% | Vitamin C: 100%
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