Berry Pom Smoothie
Berries are among the healthiest foods on Earth and they taste amazing. Plus, they contain antioxidants, which help keep free radicals under control. Free radicals may be a normal byproduct of metabolism, but they also damage your cells in excessive amounts. Antioxidants like those found in berries and pomegranates can help neutralize these compounds.
In addition to protecting your cells, antioxidants like anthocyanins, ellagic acid and resveratrol, may reduce the risk of disease. They also may improve blood sugar and insulin response when you eat them with high-carb foods.
According to Healthline, research shows that blueberries, blackberries and raspberries have the highest antioxidant activity of commonly consumed fruits, next to pomegranates!
Add pomegranates to the mix and you’re filling your smoothie with good-for-you minerals like copper, potassium, folate, manganese, thiamin, and lots of antioxidant polyphenols. Pomegranates are unique in that they contain not just one type of antioxidant, but four– tannins, anthocyanins, ellagic acid and punicalagin. Research shows these antioxidants can help reduce heart disease.
Which is why we doubled down and added some pomegranate juice to this month’s recharge card recipe. You’re going to love it berry much.
Blend these ingredients until you reach the desired consistency:
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/2 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup pomegranate juice
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Fresh pomegranate arils (only for garnish)