Ruby red pomegranates are a great addition to your green smoothie. In addition to being high in antioxidants, they are also a good source of potassium, folate, vitamins C and K, and fiber, if the full seed is eaten. Be sure to use fresh pomegranates (or juice) because pasteurization destroys the vitamin C. We love deseeding a fresh pomegranate and using the whole seeds, or arils, instead of using juice for the added nutrition and fiber.
The antioxidants in pomegranates help reduce inflammation, may have anti-aging effects, and some scientists think that they may even help with preventing cancer. But one of the biggest benefits of eating pomegranates is increased heart health. Studies have shown that the nutrients, particularly the polyphenols (including anthrocyanins) in pomegranates can help decrease inflammation and thickening of artery walls, reduce the buildup of cholesterol and plaque, and prevent platelets from clumping together. So add those sweet seeds to your smoothie and say cheers to a healthier heart! (Source)
Combining iron-rich spinach and vitamin C-rich oranges and pomegranates helps you absorb the iron better than by itself. Bananas are full of potassium and fiber, and makes this smoothie nice and creamy.
POMEGRANATE CITRUS PUNCH
- 2 cups spinach fresh
- 1 cup water
- 2 oranges peeled
- 1 cup pomegranate seeds
- 2 bananas
- Blend spinach and water until smooth.
- Next add the fruits and blend again.