Studies suggest that regular consumption of pomegranate or its juice may reduce the risk of heart disease, reduce high blood pressure, and inhibit viral infections. Pomegranates are also loaded with antioxidants, fiber, potassium and vitamin C.
And did I mention how delicious they are, especially when blended with mango, coconut and chocolate? YUM!
To remove the seeds and juice pods (arils) in pomegranates, cut the pomegranate into quarters. While holding the corners, press your thumb into the center of the rind. This will cause the arils to losen up and you will be able to remove them easily. It is perfectly okay if you get some of the pith (white part) in your smoothie, too.
Pomegranate-Mango Green Smoothie Recipe with Coconut
- 1/2 cup pomegranate arils
- 1 mango, peeled and pitted
- 1 scoop chocolate-flavored protein powder, or use 1 scoop plain protein powder + 1 tsp. cacao powder.
- 2 cups fresh baby spinach
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
Start by adding the liquid to your blender (see my blender recommendations), followed by the soft fruit. Add the greens to your blender last. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until the smoothie is creamy.
Calcium: 17% RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance)
Vitamin A: 89% RDA
Vitamin C: 168% RDA
This smoothie is also a rich source of folate, vitamins B1 through B6, vitamin K, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.
Serving Size: One. (This recipe makes a large, 32-ounce smoothie. It is a meal-replacement smoothie and not a snack. I recommend drinking half right away and the other half about 30 minutes later. If it is too much for you, store leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.)
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Tracy Russell is the creator of RESET 28: A 28-Day Program For Energy, Weight Loss & A Healthy Glow, and founder of Incredible Smoothies. She has been helping people take control of their health and well being with green smoothies, a whole foods diet, and fitness since 2009.