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A pomegranate smoothie does sound a bit odd, but contrary to the way it sounds it is absolutely delicious! This fruit definitely has a unique sweetness to it, and then with its bright red color to go along with it you will for sure be hopping with energy!

What is a Pomegranate?

Great question! A pomegranate is a red fruit with a tough outer layerthat contains seeds inside of it that can be crushed and made into juice!

There are roughly 700-800 tightly packed seeds called arils which yield absolutley delicious pomegranate juice! You can shop for fresh pomegranates at your local grocery store from the months September through January.

How to juice a Pomegranate

Pomegranate is twofold, it can be a fun popular summer drink or a cozy delicious Christmas concoction in the middle of winter - got to love this fruit!

Of course you can buy pomegranate juice from the store, but what’s the fun in that when you can make it your own! So, we'll start by getting the juice from the edible red-diamond-like flesh with white hard seeds inside of them.

So let’s get started!

You will need:

• 1 pomegranate

• A sharp knife

• Food processor

• Large bowl

• Strainer

Directions

First cut your pomegranate in half, then take one of the half’s and pull the insides out (the little rubies) you can do this with a spoon or with your hand. Then repeat with the other side until until seeds from both half's are extracted.

Once this is done transfer the seeds into your food processor and briefly pulse the seeds. Don’t blend them too long, because the juice will become bitter if too many of the hard white seeds inside are broken down.

Next, strain the juice through a fine strainer into a bowl. You should get clear, fresh, yummy pomegranate juice, enjoy!

Pomegranate Nutrition Facts

Pomegranates are rich source in both soluble and insoluble dietary fibers. Fiber aids in smooth digestion and regular bowel movements by helping to expel toxins.

Pomegranates are a fantastic source of the antioxidant vitamin C. Regular consumption of fruits rich in vitamin C helps the body to develop a resistance against illnesses (colds) by boosting the immune system.

Drinking pomegranate juice can actually help relieve the pains of a sore throat.

Because of their high content of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) in this fruit it is a wonderfully powerful anti-inflammatory agent. That can help to reduce wheezing in breathing disorders such as asthma.


Pomegranate Smoothie Recipes

Pomegranate and Green Smoothie

1 cup pomegranate juice

½ carrot

1 apple cored

2 large handfuls of baby spinach

Ice as needed

Directions

Blend until desired consistency is reached.


Blueberry Pomegranate Smoothie

8oz pomegranate juice

½ cup frozen blueberries

½ cup chopped strawberries – 3 to 4

1/2 tbsp honey (optional)

½ orange, peeled

Add ice as needed – usually about 1 cup is used for this recipe

Directions

Blend until the desired consistency is reached. If it’s still to tart add a little more honey and enjoy!



Pomegranate and Banana Smoothie

1 cup plain yogurt

1 cup pure pomegranate juice – remember fresh is best

1 large banana

Directions

Blend in your blend until smooth and enjoy!


Pomegranate Smoothie

About 3 cups ice

1 cup vanilla yogurt

2 cups pomegranate juice

4 or 5 fresh raspberries for garnishing your smoothie

Directions

Blend until smooth.


Cranberry Pomegranate Smoothie

3 cups unsweetened cranberry juice

¾ cup pomegranate juice

1/3 fresh lime juice

1 ½ tbsp honey

Directions

Blend until smooth!

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