Well folks, it has certainly been a while since I posted anything. But I am BACK! Morning sickness had subsided, then I got a cold. Thinking about food, let alone researching awesome recipes, wasn't on the top of my to-do list. But thankfully, food and I are friends once again, and I plan to start posting more. Thanks for sticking around.
Pomegranate is an amazing fruit. The health benefits are incredible. Did you know that pomegranates have super antioxidant powers? More specifically POM Wonderful juice exceeds all other juices (even blueberry, cranberry, and acai) for antioxidant potency. (see www.pomwonderful.com for more information). The research astounds me. All that talk about red wine helping your heart, well, guess what, POM is better! The research I received also mentioned improvement in prostate health. So get drinkin'!
This juice is similar, but definitely better, than natural cranberry juice. (FYI: most cranberry juices you see in stores are not all natural. I'm talking 100% juice without sweeteners or other juices added). I decided I wanted to integrate it in a recipe...sooooo, Smoothie time!
In Brazil, I'd have a smoothie, aka "vitamina," almost every day. Smoothies are a great way to mix a lot of different fruits (maybe some that are a little over-ripe), and get your vitamins. I even remember a friend throwing a peeled beet into one of our smoothies once (I still haven't tried that here yet, maybe someday. It definitely adds a beautiful color).
Pomegranate Mango Smoothie
8 oz. POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate juice
1 1/2 C. frozen mango
1 C. vanilla yogurt (I recommend Trader Joe's. They don't use high fructose corn syrup)
Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. How simple is that? And it is a pretty color too.
For more awesome recipes using pomegranate, visit The POM recipes site. I am definitely going to be posting some of their recipes in the future. The pictures make me salivate.