You really don’t need a recipe for smoothies.
Start with the basics like berries, milk, and bananas and then add on your favorite seasonal, local, and organic fruits and greens. I don’t add any sugar to my smoothies. Instead, I use bananas as my natural sweetener, which is low in calories, loaded with nutrients, and it also helps thicken the smoothie. So add more bananas if you like your smoothie on the sweet side.
Here’s a powerful winter smoothie that is delicious and it will keep you healthy during the unpredictable winter months.
There’s a reason why pomegranates are in season during the winter. Mother nature provides us with foods that can help us survive winter without getting sick or frozen.
Pomegranate (categorized as berries) is one of the healthiest foods on earth and it has extra antioxidants and fiber, protein, multiple vitamins, such as vitamin C and K, folate, potassium, just to mention a few; all helping our body fight inflammation and keeping our immune system strong, and our body well insulated from the cold, not to mention from COVID and its variants. Pomegranates have shown to help fight cancer and heart disease, lower blood pressure, reduce arthritis, joint pain, and fight bacterial and fungal infection, just to mention a few. And if that’s not enough, pomegranate seeds (arils) are very versatile, sweet, and delicious with an unbeatable vibrant color.
Cutting a Pomegranate
Cut the pomegranate into quarters carefully and open up each of the sections.
Using a wooden spoon, tap the back of fruit (skin side) into a bowl and watch the seeds fall out. You can also use your fingers to nudge out the seeds without a wooden spoon.
Store them in an air tight container in the refrigerator. If you have many pomegranates, remember not to cut them open until you are ready to eat. Once any fruit or vegetable is cut into, it will start to die and lose its flavor and nutrition. So keep it whole until you are ready to eat it. Store whole pomegranates in a cool place, away from heat and moisture.
Pomegranate seeds or pomegranate juice: preferably organic
Fresh organic ginger mined or organic ground ginger (small
Organic berries such as blueberries, raspberries, strawberries,
or blackberries, fresh or frozen
1 organic banana
Nondairy, organic milk such as almond, soy, oat, or coconut; preferably organic
Organic greens such as spinach, kale, arugula, etc. (optional)
Beets, small chunks; preferably organic (optional)
Fresh lemon juice (optional)
Place all the ingredients in a blender and mix until desired consistency.
If you like it thick, you can always add more bananas. If you like it thinner, simply add more milk or water.
Enjoy and drink to your health!