Power Packed Pomegranate Kale Raw Green Smoothie Recipe

Pomegranate Kale Smoothie (1)Tired of the spinach, kale, avocado blend and repeat routine? Le sigh. I had a craving for something sweet, tart and smooth. I wanted a raw green smoothie that packs a power punch of heath benefits. Fortune arrived in October: pomegranate season began. The tart and juicy goodness of pomegranates arrives in October and lasts through February. Some people struggle with releasing the pomegranate arils from the pod. Once I learned a nifty trick to removing the pomegranate seeds, known as arils, it became a cinch to enjoy them (and make my Power Packed Pomegranate Kale Raw Green Smoothie Recipe.)

The Truth About Pomegranates…

Since William Shakespeare featured a pomegranate tree in the epic love story, Romeo and Juliet, the fruit has been a symbol with innocence and purity. Pomegranates taste range from being mild, like sour cherries, to very sharp, like raw cranberries. The seeds burst with flavor (and juice!) in my mouth. I sometimes eat them in a bowl with a spoon like cereal or ice cream. Straight from the inedible white pod, pomegranates are delicious. Adding them to a raw green smoothie is a real treat. Bonus: they are super healthy!

There is a laundry list of health benefits from pomegranates. The fiber rich arils are a great source of vitamin C and antioxidants. Including pomegranates in my diet helps prevent me from overeating (its one of their attributes) and can help maintain low cholesterol levels. Plus, the juicy fruits are good for my heart. The phytochemicals in pomegranates lower LDL levels and help maintain low blood pressure. Little known fact: pomegranates help memory. I like to sprinkle these memory-boosting, heart healthy, antioxidants rich fruits to raw green smoothies throughout the pomegranate season. My Power Packed Pomegranate Kale Raw Green Smoothie Recipe is my go-to recipe for a sweet, tart and smooth taste of healthy sipping.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pomegranate
  • 2 cups kale
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 cup purified water
  • handful of ice cubes

Directions:

  1. Cut the pomegranate in half, holding it white-side down over a bowl, then whacking the back and sides with a spoon.
  2. Slice half of an avocado.
  3. Add spinach, kale, avocado, pomegranate seeds in a blender. Add a handful of ice cubes and water to taste. Blend until desired consistency.

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