Raspberry Pomegranate Smoothie
Not only are raspberries, pomegranates & blueberries three of the healthiest fruits on the planet, but they taste great too. The pomegranate seeds add a fun bit of crunch & are packed with vitamins & other health benefits. You’ll definitely want to add this smoothie to your list of favorites!
1/3 cup unsweetened, plain almond milk
1/3 cup organic vanilla yogurt
1/3 cup Pom pomegranate – blueberry juice
1 Tblsp honey, preferably raw
1/2 cup frozen organic raspberries or substitute strawberries if you like
6 frozen banana slices (see Tips# 1 & 2)
2 ice cubes
1/4 cup frozen pomegranate arils/seeds (see Tip# 3)
1. Put milk, yogurt, juice & honey in a Bullet type blender cup & stir till the honey is well combined with the other ingredients (see Tips# 4 & 5).
2. Add raspberries, bananas, ice & pomegranate arils (in that order).
3. Process till blended & smooth. Do not over blend.
Tips & Suggestions
1. Freeze bananas ahead of time. Choose fresh bananas that are partially green or just turned yellow with no brown spots. The more they ripen the sweeter they become & have a higher calorie count.
2. Slice bananas about 1/2″ thick & place, in a single layer, in a quart sized freezer bag. Freeze & use them within 2 weeks or so.
3. Fresh pomegranate arils can be removed from the fruit & frozen in advance. Place the arils in glass canning type jars & freeze for up to several months. There are numerous sites on the internet that have instructions on how to deseed a pomegranate, as well as sites that have lots of information on the health benefits of pomegranates.
4. The reason for the extra step of stirring is because the honey tends to clump & stick to the Bullet cup, never getting fully integrated into the smoothie.
5. If you don’t have a Bullet type blender, you can use a regular full-sized blender. Eliminate the stirring in step# 1, just add all the ingredients in the OPPOSITE order listed & blend until smooth.