Tangy Orange Pomegranate Smoothie Bowl

Have you ever eaten (or slurped) a smoothie out of a bowl like soup? Apparently, this is a blog/food trend that I missed…

Naturally, I had to give it a try…it was an experience, but I admit that I prefer to sip a smoothie from a glass. Now, if I added some crunchy granola on top I might be singing a different tune. Or maybe I was quite hungry and the spoon got in the way 🙂

Whether enjoyed in a bowl or glass, this smoothie is a refreshing breakfast, snack or light meal. The pomegranate and orange juice combo really hit the spot and the tangy citrus notes and slightly sour arils remind me of summer. Hot days here we come!


Tangy Orange Pomegranate Smoothie Bowl 

Ingredients

1/4 cup pomegranate arils
1/3 – 1/2 cup orange juice
1/3 cup almond milk (or other non-dairy milk)
splash of pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (cottage cheese, silken tofu, or non-dairy yogurt – use tofu/non-dairy for vegan)
drizzle of honey/agave, 1 date or a pinch of stevia – optional for added sweetness
1 Tbsp chia seed or chia meal (for extra nutrition, flax would also be a great addition)

Pomegranate arils for garnish and texture, optional
For an extra protein boost, add 1/2 to 1 scoop of your favorite protein powder
Serving suggestion: Crunchy Superfood Buckwheat Granola or other cereal for serving

Directions

1. Add all ingredients except to a blender and blend until completely smooth, about 1 to 2 minutes. Pour into a bowl (or glass), sprinkle with arils and/or granola and enjoy!

Peach Mango Lassi

One of the new flavors on tap at our frozen yogurt store is Peach Mango Tart. I love this flavor, it reminds me of summer in a bowl! Playing off this flavor variation, I decided to whip up a quick and creamy smoothie that is tart yet sweet….mmmm.

This smoothie can easily be made vegan by substituting silken tofu or non-dairy yogurt for the Greek yogurt. Usually I am not a huge fan of Greek yogurt in my smoothies but the super sweet mango and ripe peach along with the coconut milk complimented the tanginess perfectly.

Peach Mango Lassi 

Ingredients

1 ripe mango, peeled and cubed
1 ripe peach, pit removed (skin can be left on or taken off depending on your preference – I used a white peach)
2/3 cup plain Greek yogurt (for vegan, feel free to sub tofu or non-dairy yogurt)
1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut milk (from a carton – or other non-dairy milk)
ice cubes, optional
cubed mango or peach for garnish, optional
shredded coconut for garnish, optional

Directions

1. Add mango, peach, yogurt, coconut milk and ice to a blender and puree until smooth. Pour into glasses, garnish with fruit cubes and shredded coconut and enjoy!

Serves 2

Recipe Notes: for different flavor variations, add a couple dashes of cinnamon or even ginger for more of an Indian flair!

Triple Berry Pomegranate Smoothie

Pomegranates were one of my favorite fruit discoveries as a teen. I remember the excitement of carefully peeling the pomegranate “skin” back to reveal the bright and crunchy red arils that would burst in my mouth. I still love pomegranates to this day, but I find the peeling part a bit more tedious when I am on the go.

So when I saw already peeled and ready-to-eat arils at Costco for a decent price, I happily added the package to my cart with a big smile on my face. I’ve added these little jewels to my yogurt, oatmeal and smoothies along with just munching on them as a snack…mmmmm!

This creamy smoothie is one of my new favorite ways to enjoy pomegranate – it’s thick and creamy and full of antioxidants. I’d say that’s pretty decent way to start my day!

Side note: Come to think of it, I should make time to peel a pomegranate; maybe it would be therapeutic and a stress reliever…well, that’s if I am not starving, right? 🙂

Triple Berry Pomegranate Smoothie

1 cup fresh or frozen mixed berries (I used the combo of blueberries, strawberries and raspberries)
1/4 to 1/3 cup pomegranate arils (or you could sub pomegranate juice if desired)
1 to 2 scoops plain or vanilla protein powder (I used brown rice, optional)
1/2 ripe avocado
1-2 Tbsp chia seed, Mila or flax seed, optional for added nutrition
1 1/2 cup nondairy milk (almond, coconut, rice, soy or hemp)
ice cubes, if desired (I didn’t use this since I used frozen berries)

Directions

1. Add all ingredients into a blender (I used a high powered Health Master) and blend until smooth. Pour into glass(es) and enjoy!

Serves two (cut recipe in half if single serving is needed)

Note: I used a high powered blender in this recipe as opposed to my Magic Bullet to help blend/crush the seeds of the berries and pomegranate 🙂

Green Goddess Shake

Continuing on with the “green theme” for St. Patty’s Day, I have a creamy drink packed with nutrition and protein to jumpstart your morning!

We have been buying loads of kiwi for our yogurt store’s topping bar, which got me thinking about buying a few for my own personal use at at home. For some reason, I had forgotten about this little fruit. I always think of berries, apples and bananas when I am standing in the fruit section of the grocery store but lately I’ve had kiwi on the brain 🙂

Since I enjoyed using applesauce in my apple pie cheesecake smoothie so much, I decided to go the dairy-free route with this quick and easy shake that hit the spot when I was running short on time! Smoothies are one of the only things I’ve actually been making on a regular basis with the craziness of our recent schedules…at least I know I am getting some good nutrition at the start of my day before heading out to work.

Green Goddess Shake 

Ingredients

1/2 ripe avocado, halved and pit removed (could use a whole avocado for a creamier drink, but I only had 1/2 left in the fridge)
1 cup unsweetened applesauce (or 2 small apples, peel on)
1 kiwi, skin removed
1-2 scoops of protein powder (I used unsweetened vanilla rice protein)
2/3 cup mango (or pineapple would work here too) – (I used frozen mango chunks)
2 tsp chia seeds, optional
1 handful of greens (I used baby spinach)
1/2 cup non-dairy milk (I used hemp)

Directions

1. Add ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth, about one minute. Divide into two glasses and enjoy!

Serves 2

This photo is for you Sonia…a huge bowl full of frozen yogurt and part of our blooper reel from our commercial shoot for the store…blueberry frozen yogurt topped with every crazy topping imaginable…don’t worry, I don’t eat this way on a daily basis 🙂