One of my all time favorites this pomegranate smoothie made with pomegranate juice, blueberries, and Greek yogurt is a healthy powerhouse of a way to start your day.
I’ve always loved pomegranates, but I’ve always thought that the reward wasn’t worth the work you had to put in to get to the sweet, juicy insides of the pom. I stuck to buying pre-packaged pomegranate arils, or just with pomegranate juice. It wasn’t until fairly recently that I came across a tip that makes so much sense for preparing this amazing little fruit that I felt so dumb for not having thought of it myself: just wear gloves!
When you break open the pomegranate to get at the seeds, you are invariably going to break open some of the arils, and then the juice gets everywhere, including all over your hands, and it stains like crazy. The method I now use, and which I’ll detail later in this post is a total game changer. No more paying 6 dollars for 1 cup of pomegranate arils!
- Pomegranate Juice
- Greek Yogurt
- Frozen Blueberries
- Honey or other sweetener of your choice
- Vanilla Extract
Flavor: This smoothie is sweet but not too sweet. The Greek yogurt and pomegranate juice give a nice tanginess to the smoothie, but the blueberries are naturally sweet. If you wanted to you, could add frozen banana in place of the ice, which would add some extra sweetness as well.
Texture: this smoothie has a normal smoothie texture. Make it thinner if you like by adding extra liquid. Either extra water or juice.
Ease: like most smoothies, this is an easy recipe. Just toss all the ingredients together in a blender except for the ice. Blend for a few seconds and then add the ice until you reach your desired consistency.
Tips and Tricks:
To open a pomegranate: start by wearing gloves – this will keep your hands from getting stained with juice. The more you practice the better you’ll get at this, and eventually you can skip the gloves.
Take a 6 or 8 inch chefs knife, and stick the tip of the blade into the center of the top of the pomegranate – there should be a part that sticks up like a crown. Slide the knife in about an inch or two, and then start twisting it back and forth gently – once it splits enough, you can crack it open the rest of the way with your hands.
Some arils will be damaged during this process, but most of them should remain intact. Then use your hands (still gloved) to remove the seeds from the white pith in the fruit.
If you don’t wat to go to the effort though, I totally understand, and most grocery stores sell pre-packaged arils for a somewhat reasonable price.
I don’t recommend adding the pomegranate arils to the smoothie itself, as the seeds inside can be quite bitter when blended. Add them at the end on top for a pretty presentation.
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What do with leftover pomegranate arils:
Add them to salads
- Over oatmeal
- With yogurt
- Over hummus
- As a garnish for cocktails and mocktails
If you’d like some extra protein in your smoothie, you can add chia seeds, flax seeds, protein powder or nut butter.
Pomegranates are loaded with fiber, protein, along with vitamins C and K. They have fantastic anti-inflammatory properties and have been tied to a reduced risk of cancer. If they’re not a super food, they really ought to be, don’t you think?
- 1 cup of pomegranate juice
- ½ cup of frozen blueberries
- ⅓-1/2 cup of plain or vanilla Greek yogurt
- ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract optional - I like to use it regardless of what kind of yogurt I use
- 1-2 teaspoons of honey or the sweetener of your choice
- 1-2 cups of ice cubes
- In a blender, add the pomegranate juice, blueberries, yogurt, vanilla extract and honey.
- Blend for 30 seconds or so until it comes together.
- Add the ice a few cubes at a time until you reach your desired consistency.
- Top with a few pomegranate arils for presentation.