A fruity smoothie that is full of good-for-you ingredients! You’ll never taste the veggies in this energizing drink.
Happy Monday everyone! Have you adjusted well to the time change? I have – daylight saving time is my favorite time of year. It means spring is in sight! I’m so much happier and awake during this time of year. Plus, yesterday felt like spring here – it was 50º and sunny, which meant no coat for this girl.
If you’re dragging from losing your hour of sleep, no fear! I’ve got a delicious and energizing smoothie recipe to beat your time change blues. This berry pomegranate smoothie is full of fresh vegetables, sweet fruits, and healthy fats for the perfect healthy drink.
This smoothie combines romaine lettuce, celery, cucumbers, pomegranate seeds, berries, pineapple, almonds, mint, and lime juice. It’s such a refreshing and filling drink! Don’t worry – you can’t taste any of the vegetables.
When I first came up with the idea for this smoothie I used kale. Well, it turns out my body can’t handle raw kale. Painful is all I’m going to say about that! I happened to have romaine lettuce on hand so I threw that in, but you can easily use spinach or kale (if your body can handle it) for an even bigger nutritional boost.
I’ve enjoyed this smoothie all week long! I try to come up with a new recipes each week so that I’m getting variety out of my smoothies. One thing I always include is cucumber – it’s a low calorie, refreshing addition to all smoothies since it doesn’t add much in the way of flavor. Celery and romaine are also low calorie additions that add a nice nutritional boost.
Usually, I try to keep the fruit additions low so that I can keep the sugar content in check. Berries and pomegranates are great options because they are lower in sugar than other fruits, but high in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. The pineapple is what really helps mask the flavor of the veggies and sweeten everything up.
Lime juice and mint flavor everything up, while almonds add a dose of healthy fats to help you absorb all the vitamins and minerals in the smoothie. I’ve been into unsweetened almond milk as my smoothie liquid, but coconut milk or water work well too here.
This recipe makes one large, or 2 snack-size smoothies. I generally have it for lunch as I like to have eggs or something more substantial for breakfast. If you want to boost the protein content, feel free to add your favorite protein powder. You probably won’t ever find me using protein powder – I just can’t get on board with it! I prefer to get my protein from food and there is just something that freaks me out about protein powder.
- 1 Cup Shredded Romaine Lettuce
- 1 Stalk Celery, chopped
- ½ Cup Cucumber Slices
- ¼ Cup Pomegranate Seeds
- ½ Cup Frozen Mixed Berries
- ½ Cup Frozen Pineapple Chunks
- 1 Tablespoon Almonds or Nut Granola
- Small Handful of Mint Leaves
- 1 Lime, juiced
- 1 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
- Combine the lettuce, celery, cucumber, pomegranate seeds, berries, pineapple, almonds, mint, lime juice, and almond milk in a high speed blender. Turn on low and slowly increase the speed to high. Blend for 1 minute until very smooth.
- Makes 1 large, or 2 snack sized smoothies.