Pomegranate juice and seeds is packed with antioxidants and nutrients, which offers some impressive health benefits, including reducing “bad” LDL cholesterol, and keeping blood pressure in check.
It’s one of the super healthy foods you can add to your smoothies if you’re wanting to improve your heart health in particular.
The tiny little seeds are highly nutritious so you’ll probably want to use these in your pomegranate smoothies as much as possible.
The pomegranate (Punica granatum) is a fruit-bearing deciduous shrub in the family Lythraceae, subfamily Punicoideae, that grows between 5 and 10 m tall.
Young pomegranate in Side, Turkey
The pomegranate originated in the region extending from Iran to northern India, and has been cultivated since ancient times throughout the Mediterranean region. It was introduced into Spanish America in the late 16th century and into California by Spanish settlers in 1769.
The fruit is typically in season in the Northern Hemisphere from September to February, and in the Southern Hemisphere from March to May. As intact sarcotestas or juice, pomegranates are used in baking, cooking, juice blends, meal garnishes, smoothies, and alcoholic beverages, such as cocktails and wine.
- 1 cup pears, diced
- 1 large banana, (3/4 cup sliced)
- 1/4 cup pomegranate
- 2 cups frozen strawberries
- 2 teaspoons minced ginger
- 1 cup ice
- 1 cup pomegranate juice
Add all ingredients in a blender.
Blend for about 90 seconds or until the mixture is smooth.
Add more pomegranate juice or ice as needed to achieve a thick and creamy consistency.