How to Add Fresh Pomegranate to a Smoothie

How to Add Fresh Pomegranate to a Smoothie

The first time I made a blueberry pomegranate smoothie I just placed the full  pomegranate kernels into the blender with all of the other ingredients. Not thinking about the husks on the kernels! The smoothie ended up being crunchy and full of the white pieces that are on the end of the kernels and they clogged the straw. It was not a pleasant experience. Now that I know better, I wanted to share how I get fresh pomegranate into my smoothies.  I’ll start with the Blueberry Pomegranate Smoothie recipe.

Ingredients:

1 cup Pomegranate Kernels

1 cup Water

1/2 cup Blueberries

3 ounces 0% Greek Yogurt

1/2 Medium Banana

1 tbsp. Chia Seeds (optional)

3 ice cubes (optional)

Extracted Pomegranate Juice

Directions:

Extracts pomegranate kernels (or may be called seeds) from the husk. Place them into the blender, add the water and place the lid on tightly. Blend for about a minute or two. Use a strainer to strain juice into a cup or bowl. This will remove all of the husk that would have made the smoothie crunchy and unpleasant. Rinse the blender and lid to remove any of the hard pieces. Place fresh juice into the blender along with the other ingredients. Place lid tightly on the blender and blend until smooth. Add 3 ice cubes if you want it to be cooler and slushier. Pour into 16 oz or larger cup. Enjoy!

Straining Pomegranate

Pomegranate Juice

Nutrition Facts via Myfitnesspal (includes chia seeds):

Calories: 271

Fat: 5.7

Saturated Fat: 0.1

Monounsaturated Fat: 2.5

Trans Fat: 0

Cholesterol: 0

Sodium: 37.4

Potassium: 271

Total Carbs: 33.4

Dietary Fiber: 8.6

Sugars: 16.9

Protein: 13.3

Vitamin A: 0.5%

Vitamin C: 11.5%

Calcium: 17.4%

Iron: 7.5%

Blueberry Pomegranate Smoothie

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