Are you looking for a breakfast or snack packed with nutrients that taste irresistible? This pomegranate smoothie will make mealtime a breeze. Each sip is loaded with healthy ingredients and superfruits!
Fall has been rolling full steam ahead, and there hasn’t been a dull moment around our house or on the blog. Our family has been hit pretty hard by the cold bug recently, so I thought it was time for a much-needed beverage with benefits.
This 5-minute superfruit pomegranate smoothie has some essential ingredients that not only get thumbs up in the taste department but provide added nutrients that your body craves. Let’s get whirling my friend!
I would be utterly lost without my blender, and it is my smoothie maker of choice. Instead of pressing the button on our coffee maker, my morning routine is loading up the blender with all the ingredients needed to start the day off right. If you’re like me, 5 minutes is all you’ve got before rushing out the door.
Sometimes I don’t even have time to warm up a bowl of oatmeal, so I just add it right into another one of my favorites, a strawberry banana almond smoothie. However, for this superfruit pomegranate smoothie, I add a few key ingredients for nutritional benefit.
Key Ingredients for a healthy smoothie
One of the most recognizable superfruits available, the sweet and tangy fruit packs a dramatic punch. The pomegranate juice, fruit, and skin is a source of antioxidants like polyphenolic flavonoids (catechins, ellagic tannins, and gallic and ellagic acids) and anthocyanidins that help to scavenge free radicals.
The juice also provides Vitamin C, Vitamin B5, potassium, and fiber when consuming the arils. This smoothie recipe adds juice and arils, so you get benefits from both. Pomegranates are in season from September to February, so eat them now while they are at its peak!
Each tasty crisp bite provides high amounts of fiber. In a 100 calorie serving, pears contain almost 6 grams of fiber. Asian pears have the most amount of fiber per fruit, however, they’re only available during the cooler weather seasons.
Not only does it add a naturally sweet and creamy texture, but bananas are also a superfruit loaded with potassium and resistant starch carbohydrates to help with a feeling of fullness.
These ruby-red berries are loaded with Vitamin C, fiber and an excellent source of folic acid. I used frozen strawberries, so you don’t have to worry about the seasonality, and it adds a cold, luscious texture to the smoothie.
Astringent and unforgettable spice, this unique root is a superfood. It’s been used historically to aid in nausea, digestive issues, and pain from inflammation. It adds a warming sensation and a slightly sour note to the smoothie and boosts the flavor of each sip.
Here we go, now that you know why you’re adding in these incredible ingredients it’s now time to give them all a quick whirl! A quick chop, pour and spin, and you’ve got a superfood pomegranate smoothie ready in 5 minutes or less!
Who’s ready for a refreshing glass of pomegranate smoothie? I like to top the smoothie with a little bit of pomegranate juice, arils, and diced pears. If you’ve never opened a pomegranate before, check out my how to seed a pomegranate tutorial. Some markets also sell just the pomegranate arils or seeds in containers for a quick and effortless option, and even in the frozen fruit section.
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What are superfruits and how can I add them to my meals?
Superfruits are rich in antioxidants and nutrients like vitamins, minerals, and fiber. They also have the potential to provide benefits to overall health by affecting the cellular and molecular structure. It’s a tall order, but the good thing is many superfruits are easily available in your local markets. Berries like raspberries, blackberries, cranberries, and blueberries are a great option. Acai berries are a little more exotic, but you can find dried powders that you can add to smoothies, chia puddings, or bars. Avocados, pumpkin, tomatoes, bananas, apples, cherries, dragon fruit, cantaloupe, citrus fruits, grape, papaya, kiwi, and pineapple are other examples. Eat superfruits when they are in season if you can for the best flavor and benefit. Add them throughout your day topped with your oatmeal, cereal, blended into dressings, a superfruit salsa, or dipped in dark chocolate for a healthy treat.
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- 1 cup pears, diced
- 1 large banana
- ¼ cup pomegranate arils
- 2 cups frozen strawberries
- 2 teaspoons minced ginger
- 1 cup ice cubes
- 1 cup pomegranate juice
- Add all ingredients in a blender.
- Blend for about 90-seconds or until the mixture is smooth.
- Add more pomegranate juice or ice cubes as needed to achieve a thick and creamy consistency.
- Divide amongst two serving glasses, top with more pomegranate juice, arils, and diced pears if desired.
- Pear Options: Bartlett, Asian, Anjou or Bosc.
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