Blueberry Pomegranate Smoothie

I figured since it’s Friday, we’d actually get something to EAT today! (Or drink rather, but you get the idea. It goes in your mouth, not on your head or face 🙂 And a smoothie sounded rather spa-ish, wouldn’t you agree? When I asked you to tell me your favorite flavor/scent from Southern Alchemy the blackberry pomegranate came up over and over again. So I thought this smoothie would be perfect since you could easily substitute blackberries for the blueberries.

Now I’m about to say something that could possibly have me stoned by snooty foodies across the blogoshpehere, I don’t really enjoy drinking pomegranate juice. I want to like it because it is SO good for you (more on that in a minute) but I just don’t. I find it strangely over sweet but bitter at the same time. I keep trying to like it because it’s so uber-trendy right now, but I just don’t. However, I found that I LOVE it in smoothies. The flavors blend perfectly with other fruits. The sweetness balances and the bitter tartness compliments it. It adds great flavor while power-packing your smoothie with good-for-you nutrients. So if you’re like me and aren’t too fond of the juice on its own- try it in a smoothie. Chances are it will wow you! Here’s why this is so great.

POM Wonderful Juice: POM Wonderful is well known for its anti-oxidant power. If you hear that all the time and don’t have a clue what it means then this very simple definition is for you: Antioxidants are nature’s way of fighting off potentially harmful molecules in our bodies called free radicals. Free radicals = bad, Antioxidants = awesome. POM Wonderful has more naturally occurring antioxidants than just about anything. In addition to being an antioxidant super power, POM juice is clinically proven to improve both cardiovascular and prostate health. And get this boys (Ya, we know you’re reading- even during spa week…) It’s also been proven to increase erectile function. So there ya have it. Girls go slip your man some POM every morning and see what happens! haha. In all seriousness though, this stuff is wicked good for ya. See here for all kinds of facts.

Blueberries: Blueberries are another antioxidant super power. In addition to that, they’re high in vitamin C and E and science supports that they are beneficial for anti-aging, especially with memory skills and motor function. Plus they are super cute and they taste good 🙂 Here’s some great blueberry facts.

Oranges: Just one orange provides over 100% of your daily vitamin C needs, helping boost your immune system and fight off nasty things like colds. They are also a great source of fiber and help prevent cardiovascular disease. Don’t believe me? See here.

Strawberries: I mostly included strawberries in this smoothie because they taste yummy, but did you know that 1 cup of strawberries has more vitamin C than an orange? They’re also rich in (just guess) antioxidants and have tons of other beneficial phytonutrients. Really, they do.

So that’s why this smoothie isn’t just delicious, it’s doing GREAT things for your body! Don’t you love it when something tastes good and is good for you? Make one up and sip it while you give yourself a facial.

Blueberry-Pomegranate Smoothie

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8oz pomegranate juice*
1/2 C frozen blueberries
1/2 C roughly chopped strawberries (3-4 berries)
1/2 orange, peeled
1 C crushed ice
optional: honey

*If you need to substitute, you could use cranberry juice or concord grape juice, both of which have a lot of health benefits.

Place all ingredients into a blender in the order listed. Process until smooth. If it’s too tart for your liking, add a drizzle of honey!

This makes about 16 oz (a little more actually), so it’s perfect to share. I make it in the morning and I pour half of it right back into the cute POM bottle with a straw for my toddler. He thinks it’s the coolest thing ever.

Perfect accompaniment to any breakfast. Or actually, any time. I call it a smoothie, but it’s really just a slushy fruity drink, so who says it has to be breakfast? Put it in a fancy glass and you’ll feel fancy all day. Or at least for a few minutes until some small person wipes snot on you.

So how have you all liked spa week?? I hope you get some time to pamper yourselves! We already have another great theme week in the works, so it will be popping up some time in the near future.

Now if you haven’t entered the great spa giveawayf, do it now! Today is your last day. I’m going to pick a number tonight (whenever I feel like going to bed) and it will be posted in the morning- along with a little bonus. Check back to see if it’s you!

Other Spa in the Kitchen Features:
Sugar Scrubs
Hair Treatments

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Sara Wells

Sara Wells co-founded Our Best Bites in 2008. She is the author of three Bestselling Cook Books, Best Bites: 150 Family Favorite RecipesSavoring the Seasons with Our Best Bites, and 400 Calories or Less from Our Best Bites. Sara’s work has been featured in many local and national news outlets and publications such as Parenting MagazineBetter Homes & GardensFine CookingThe Rachel Ray Show and the New York Times.

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Questions & Reviews

  1. Just made a smoothie yesterday with POM using Chocolate protein powder and frozen bananas and pineapple – WOW it was incredible!! The POM adds so much to it!

  2. I like that it’s a smoothie without yogurt…I’m not a yogurt fan at all. This sounds really good though.

  3. What a fun week! I love smoothies and like to put yogurt in them to add some creaminess. I bet it would taste good in here.

  4. I’m a huge POM fan and your smoothie looks delicious! Thanks for visiting, can’t wait to check out your archives!

  5. I made Bryan go to Sam’s Club last night and get me berries for a smoothie, I thought cravings ended when you had your baby. . . this smoothie looks yummy!

  6. What a fun, and Yummy, way to finish off the spa treatments from this week. Thanks for all of the great information and recipes. I am excited to try this smoothy!

  7. This smoothie looks so good!

    Thank you for putting so much work into this spa week. It has been really fun learning about the benefits of these ingredients, and I will definitely be doing one (or two or three or…) of these recipes very soon!

  8. Oh, yum! I am actually enjoying a fruit smoothie right now. I love them, but am always a little hesitant to go beyond my frozen strawberries, banana and orange juice combo just because I know it works so well. Now I have a new recipe to try! And I like the idea of sharing with your toddler, mine always likes little sips as well.

    Oh, and regarding the whole pomegranate juice thing… I’ve found that I really like it in the Ocean Spray Ruby Red/Pomegranate combo but not so much the Cranberry/Pomegranate combo – and I really like cranberry juice. Weird, but I know what you mean. (This comment is now far too long!)
    – Jennifer

  9. I’m not a big fan of the juice either, but everything’s better in a smoothie 🙂

  10. Do you think one day when your site becomes a household name that you’ll do a give away on a blendtec blender 🙂 Oh one could wish, right? I’ll have to try it and my hubby drinks the POM juice like it’s going out of style.

  11. Wow, that looks so good and refreshing. It would be perfect for the warm day we’re supposed to have today. I just might have to go get those ingredients 🙂

  12. This sounds really good. I just got some fresh blueberries from the store last night!!

  13. Great way to finish up the week. Plus, I’ve been on a smoothie kick for several days too 🙂

  14. Spa week was the best! (not that everything else isn’t the best too . . . Ü) These recipes are for sure going in the miscellaneous file in my cookbook!

  15. Yummy!! I have LOVED spa week! My Young Women want to do a a spa night, I think we will use lots of these ideas!! Thanks!

  16. So last night I gave myself a spa night… I did the oatmeal facial (with honey, though), the hair superfood (as well as the vinegar wash), and the sugar scrub.

    The sugar scrub is to die for. I loved how it felt, how the oil made my skin soft, and how I smelled faintly of cloves afterward.

    And today maybe I’ll have to reward myself with this!

  17. You are awesome, Sara – the POM description is my favorite!!!

    The pictures look spectacular – as always. I really can’t wait to beat the heat with (guzzle) one of these. TODAY!

  18. This sounds really yummy. I’ve been on a smoothie kick lately, so I’ll have to give it a try!

  19. smoothies are our favorites- i always make something different- what ever juice/fruit we have in the house- they always tell me the current one is the best one they’ve ever had- i think that is so i will keep making them. i will try this one (with the specific instructions) i bet it will get rated as the best ever!