This green smoothie if very tasty and creamy. I like how the flavors of pomegranate and pluot mingle in this late summer/early fall blend.
Pomegranates are a great source of vitamin C, B5, potassium, fiber and antioxidants. Studies suggest that regular consumption of pomegranates or pomegranate juice may reduce the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and may inhibit viral infections.
Pluots are a cross between plums and apricots. They are not a genetically modified (GM) food. Instead, they are a hybridized using traditional farming techniques. If you can’t find pluots in your farmers market or grocery store, you can replace them with plums in this recipe.
I don’t recommend using bitter greens like kale or dandelion in this particular recipe. Instead, I used a small head of romaine and it didn’t overpower the smoothie.
Pomegranate-Pluot Green Smoothie Recipe
- 1/2 cup pomegranate arils
- 1 medium banana, peeled
- 1 large pluot (or sweet black plum), pitted
- 1/4 cucumber, cut into pieces
- 1 small head romaine lettuce
- 8 ounces of filtered water
Start by adding the liquid to your blender (I use a Vitamix), 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: 13% RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance)
Vitamin A: 1175% RDA
Vitamin C: 136% RDA
Folate: 490.9 micrograms
This smoothie is also a rich source of folate, vitamins B1 – B6, vitamin K, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and potassium.
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.