Today's recipe is a gorgeous, delicious, super-healthy pomegranate smoothie that I'm planning on drinking as long as the fruit is in season. Because, yes, pomegranates are the star of this recipe! The pomegranate fruit offers a slew of health and beauty benefits and should have a permanent spot in your clear skin regimen. If you're not sure how to incorporate the wonder fruit into your diet, this pretty pink smoothie is an excellent place to start.
Pomegranate Smoothies Are Packed With Nutrients
Found in the writings and artifacts of many ancient cultures and religions, the pomegranate (Punica granatum) is native to Persia. This nutrient dense, antioxidant-rich fruit has been esteemed as a symbol of health, fertility and eternal life.
Pomegranates contain high levels of flavonoids and polyphenols, potent antioxidants offering protection against heart disease [source] and different types of cancer [source 1, source 2]. Supplementary health benefits of pomegranate include lowering of blood pressure [source] and contribution to cardiovascular, nerve and skeletal health.
With an impressive nutrient profile, including potassium, folate, fiber, and vitamins C and K, pomegranates also come with important anti-inflammatory properties, which could reduce the chances of heart disease, Alzheimer's, and type II diabetes.
How To Make A Smoothie with Pomegranate Seeds
Pomegranate seeds are not just super healthy—they taste great, too! Their sweet and sour flavor comes with few calories, while their jewel red color makes for an Instagram-worthy look. (Seriously, check out this gorgeous red pomegranate and beet smoothie!)
In this smoothie, we paired pomegranate with frozen raspberries, for an even more intense color and an extra antioxidant boost; some banana for creaminess; plus greens and seeds for even more health benefits.
While I'm a sucker for a good latte in fall, sometimes my body craves something lighter. All fruit, no dairy, something you can blend in a second and be out the door in the next. Scroll down for the full recipe, and feel free to increase the quantities if you want to make ahead and freeze for later.
Pomegranates Have Impressive Skin Benefits Too!
Want to add this amazing and age-defying fruit to your beauty routine? While you're sipping this beauty-boosting smoothie, put its antioxidants to work on your skin from the outside in. Try these easy pomegranate face mask and scrub recipes or this anti-aging toner to get you glowing!
Photos by Ana-Maria Stanciu
Antioxidant Rich Pomegranate Smoothie Recipe
- 1 cup pomegranate juice
- ½ cup frozen raspberries
- ½ banana
- handful spinach
- 1 tablespoon flax or hemp seeds
- Add pomegranate juice, frozen raspberries and banana into the blender. Add in a heaping tablespoon of flax seeds or hemp seeds. Toss in a handful of spinach and blend until smooth.