Thursday, October 30, 2014

Pomegranate Power Smoothie

A healthy, filling and refreshing smoothie for a quick breakfast. This Pomegranate Smoothie is diabetic friendly, extremely nutritious filled with anti-oxidants and makes a great take away for your mid-morning snack.

Pomegranates have been enjoyed for thousands of year and they are packed with even more nutritional punch than they are given credit for. Pomegranates being an antioxidant super food contains excellent amount of Vitamin C. So, they are known to benefit your heart in many ways including improving blood flow and controlling blood pressure levels. Enjoy it as a healthy snack or as a topping for your salad or even as a smoothie, they are a delicious treat.

I have never personally liked Pomegranates simply because they are hard to deseed and sometimes they are quite sour no matter how ripened or big the fruit is. I liked drinking Pomegranate juice and I usually would juice the fruit until recently. There was an article in one of my online libraries saying you lose most of the nutrition from the Pomegranate if you discard the crunchy seeds. Well, I had wasted loads of those seeds already so this time, I decided to make smoothie instead of Juice.

Almonds are my all-time favorite while making any smoothie (They give you an extra crunch if the smoothie is all "Smooth"!!) and Yogurt is added to make it filling and nutritious. I have added honey to balance the sourness. You can skip honey and you will definitely be surprised just how sweet it tastes without any added sugar. Please feel free to modify the recipe as per your liking.

Nutritional Information  (Approx) (per serving)
Energy  152 Calories
Fat 7 %
Carbohydrates 8 %
Dietary Fiber 16 %
Sodium 2 %
Vitamin A 2 %
Vitamin C 18 %
Calcium  15 %
Iron  1 %
Protein 5.42 Grams
Sugar 14 Grams

Pomegranate seeds 2 cups
Plain Yogurt 150 grams
Almonds 2 tablespoons
Honey (optional) 1 teaspoon

  • Wash and dry roast almonds. Place Pomegranate, almonds, Yogurt and honey in a blender.
  • Process until smooth and serve.

  • You can add chilled green tea and flax seeds to this smoothie to make it more healthy.

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