Clearly I am on a smoothie kick! This has been my on-the-go breakfast option for the past several days so I figured I would share. Say hello to you new favorite winter smoothie recipe! Sweet and tart pomegranate juice provides some hard to resist nutrient benefits as well as this magical color. Add to that the tang of fresh grapefruit as well as creamy coconut and robust ginger and you have for yourself a glassful of goodness that is as delicious as it is good for you. This smoothie will be at it’s best when you are choosy with your ingredients. Choose a pomegranate juice that is 100% juice with no added sugars. I prefer POM which can be found in the refrigerated section of your grocery store. Pomegranate juice is an amazing source of immune-boosting antioxidants which makes this smoothie worth adding to your cold and flu fighting arsenal.
While many people use apples in their smoothies, I love the natural sweetness and unique texture a pear adds. Pears are a good source of fiber (keep the skins on) and their flavanoids provide anti-inflammatory and antioxidant affects.
Grapefruits can be really tart which is why I love Scarletts. Their beautiful red pulp is wonderfully polarizing yet, surprisingly, so is their uber sweet flavor. If you have given up on grapefruits you may want to revisit them and try a Scarlett. Rich in fiber and antioxidants like vitamin C they may just become one of your go-to fruits this season.
As for the coconut, the healthy fats it contains give this smoothie some staying power. I love using boxed So Delicious coconut milk in the cooking aisle which is much thicker than the traditional cows milk alternative. Tip: it also makes for a tasty, no sugar added coffee creamer. It’s my go-to every morning!
Walnuts are an amazing source of protein, fiber and anti-inflammatory fats. They are also super tender which means they blend into a smoothie really well. I always add nuts or seeds to my smoothies as it is important to balance your smoothie with fats and proteins to ensure they will be satisfying and satiating.
Last but not least, Ginger has been used for it’s anti-nausea properties for hundreds of years and the benefits to this aromatic spice don’t stop there. Rich in antioxidants, ginger has also been studied for it’s disease preventing anti-inflammatory effects.
- 1/2 cup fresh pomegranate juice like POM
- 1 pear, cored
- 1/2 Grapefruit, Segmented (I used a Scarlett as they are really sweet)
- 1/4 cup coconut milk (cooking variety)
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
- 2 tablespoons walnuts
- Puree all ingredients in a blender and puree well to pulverize the grapefruit pulp.