Powerful Green Pomegranate Smoothie

I’m so happy to have finally become a member of The Secret Recipe Club where over 300 selected bloggers are challenged to cook a recipe from an assigned food blog and write about their experiences!  What an amazing opportunity for me to get up close and personal with other respected food bloggers out in the blogosphere.  Today is my group’s reveal day and I’m thrilled to showcase a recipe from my first “assignment” over at  The Healthy Jalapeno! Any blog with healthy in its name immediately peeks my interest. Even though I’m on a journey cooking all Mom’s recipes (many of which boast 2 sticks of butter), I still try to lead a very healthy lifestyle.  It was beyond refreshing to peruse Lauras wide collection of recipes to determine which one I wanted to try for myself – no pressure.

Ever since last week when I was baking kale chips with the kids, I still have  green on the brain.  Therefore, it’s no surprise that Laura’s Powerful Green Pomegranate Smoothie aroused my taste buds.  My blog is very food-heavy so I welcomed the idea of making a new healthy drink to add to the repertoire.  When I talk about the benefits of staying hydrated, my kids constantly complain that water is so boring to drink.  I struggle to find other appealing drink options that aren’t sodas, that aren’t  laden with sugar or juice concentrate.  Also, since my son is the last remaining person in the house who actually drinks a couple glasses of milk daily (we’re all self-prescribed lactose intolerants) finding a smoothie that isn’t milk or kefir or yogurt based is also challenging.

However, I knew I would probably encounter just as many hurdles getting the kids to agree to drink a drink that’s green.  Selfishly, I was excited to find a potential post-workout smoothie with fruits and vegetables that is easy to make with few ingredients!

All I needed to purchase from the store was spinach and pomegranate seeds, everything else I had on hand: bananas, orange juice, a pear.  Much like working with the slow cooker, making a smoothie in a blender is beyond simple.  Once you have all your ingredients, just toss them in the blender and hit liquefy.

When you pick your spinach, I’d opt for organic baby spinach.  I cut the recipe down to one cup of spinach given my young vegetable-averse taste testers.

Fresh spinach awaiting the blender

 This recipe calls for a frozen banana.  Make sure you take the skin off the banana before throwing it in the freezer.  I was so eager to make the drink, I threw the banana, skin and all, into the freezer only to find it unworkable when I was ready add it to the drink before blending.  If your banana isn’t frozen you’re going to want to either add ice cubes before blending or chill it in the refrigerator before consuming if you want the drink chilled.

Also, note that the pomegranate seeds only truly stay fresh and flavorful 2 days in the refrigerator.  So, make sure you make your drink soon after purchase.  Otherwise the seeds will start to turn and taste medicinal.

Fresh-picked pomegranate seeds

 For your pear, I chose to use a Bosch pear because I personally love their fruity flavor.  Bartlett’s are another personal favorite.

 Freshly sliced Bosch pear

Once you’re done, just pour in the orange juice and your ready to blend!

Powerful Green Pomegranate Smoothie ready for blending

Although green in color, the characteristic of this yummy smoothie takes on a pear/orange juice blended flavor.  For those anti-veggie people, rest assured, there is no lingering spinach taste!  The drink is quite fruity and frothy and filling.  If you don’t have a good blender (like a Vitamix), the smoothie will be bumpy in texture from the pomegranate seeds but, we liked that.  You can store the drink in the refrigerator for up to two days before it starts to become a little diluted and watered down.

Overall:  a surprising two thumbs up from my panel of kid judges.  And, if I could raise another thumb I would since my kids had absolutely no clue they were “drinking” spinach until after the glass was emptied and they were completely satisfied!

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  1. I love the green monster smoothie recipe I use now, but will have to try this version. Fellow group D poster!

    • Erin » ooh. what’s your recipe? This one is so tasty, I’ve had one every day! Love that there’s spinach inside and you can’t even taste it!

  2. Welcome to the SRC and what a delicious and healthy sounding smoothie, great entry.

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my Group ‘A’ SRC entry: Crunchy Fudgy Heart Bites and my Group ‘D’ entry: Health(ier) Peanut Brittle

    Lisa~~
    Cook Lisa Cook

  3. Oh my goodness! There are so many amazing things in this smoothie, I bet it was amazing, despite the bright green color! :)

  4. Love this powerful smoothie! It sounds so healthy and tasty. Love pomegranate!

  5. You can never go wrong with pomegranate. NOM! I am really curious about spinach in smoothies because I love spinach…can you taste it over the fruit?

    • Sarah E. » you can’t taste the spinach at all! that’s why I love this. You’re taste buds will pull form the OJ and pear! try it

  6. I’ve been making smoothies since January and love how I feel. The ingredients that you included in this smoothie are powerfully healthy and I’ve just got to make this recipe very, very soon! Stopping in from Group D of the SRC!

  7. YUM!! We love smoothies! I’ll have to try it with pomegranete. I made a green smoothie the other day with pear, banana, mango, kale, 2 dates, water and some cinnamon. YUM!! Try blueberry, banana and spinach…it won’t be green with enough blueberries and it is one of my absolute favorites.

  8. I’ve been tempted to add spinach to my morning smoothie, so your post is a nudge in the right direction!

    loved it!

  9. This looks great! And…..how do I join the Secret Recipe Club?? It looks fun!

    • Karla » Karla – apply for the Secret Recipe Club. Just go to the website and follow the instructions. You have to meet certain requirements and there might be a wait list but, check it out…

  10. I would have thought a pomegranate smoothie would be red, so the green color made me do a double take and I just had to see what you were up to. :)

  11. I would have never thought of adding pomegrante seeds to a smoothly….absolutely brilliant!

  12. We love smoothies at my house, and this one sounds intriguing. Must try soon.

  13. I’ve only added pomegranate juice to a smoothie, so great idea. Thanks for sharing!

  14. welcome to SRC! glad you are part of the group!

    great looking smoothie!

  15. Hi Sharib,
    This is an awesome smoothie that I would really enjoy! Hope you have a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  16. That is one interesting combination !

  17. so fun and yummy! Thanks for link up to Tasty Tuesday at Naptime creations! Would love to see a back link so I could feature you sometime!

  18. Just tried this and YUM!! I didn’t use OJ because I didn’t want the added sugar, but used some almond milk instead!

  19. Sounds fabulous Shari, and huge bonus that your kids liked it too!! I am 1 for 4 on getting my kids to like “green” smoothies. My son liked my kale, OJ, blueberry combo {perhaps because it was purple, not green}, but not my daughter, and neither one likes my ultimate fave: kale, banana, almond milk, cinnamon, and ice. Congrats on The Secret Recipe Club-sounds fun!

  20. This sounds delicious! I am in looove with the idea of sneaking spinach in with smoothies, it’s one of my favorite way to get veggies unnoticed, haha. :) Found you through the linkup on The Remodeled Life.

  21. kelli- AdventurezInChildRearing says:

    Thank you so much for linking up with Kids in the Kitchen! We’re happy to have you – I love this recipe! awesome one!

  22. I drink green smoothies all the time…but I’ve never added pomegranate to it…sounds yummy! Thanks for sharig! :D

  23. We love smoothies! We are so glad that you linked up to “Strut Your Stuff Saturday.” Hope you’ll be back next week! -The Sisters

  24. OMG – that looks like a good smoothie. I’m a morning smoothie fan so I’ll definitely add this one in to my routine. ;)

  25. I love smoothies!!! This is a great recipe! Thanks for sharing on Fit and Fabulous Fridays! :)

  26. Thanks again for stopping by and linking up with us at Kids in the Kitchen! This smoothie is definitely a keeper in my home! I love the ingredients you chose. I am starting to put ‘greens’ in the smoothies for my kids and they like it and don’t know the “green goodness” that is in it. We hope to see you again next week at Kids in the Kitchen. This link will remain open all week and the new link begins each Tuesday. Looking forward to seeing you again! :)

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  28. Looks yummy! Thanks for linking up to Healthy 2Day Wednesday! Hope to see you back tomorrow! :)

  29. Hi There!
    I’d love it if you’d come stop by my blog and link this recipe up for my linky party, a Themed Baker’s Sunday, where the theme this week is drinks!
    Hope to see you there!
    cupcakeapothecary.blogspot.com

  30. Green monster!!!! I totally saw this, are you kidding me! PS: I am addicted to your lemonade… looks amazing. I am so happy you liked this smoothie… I make one almost every morning and you can never taste the spinach or greens… next test is with asparagus! :)

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