For those who say they don’t have time for breakfast, smoothies offer a quick solution to the age old problem of how to start your day on a nourishing note yet keep your sanity trying to get out the door. Throw some ingredients into your Vitamix or Blendtec (More on what I think of these blenders soon to come…)and flip the switch. Voilá! Breakfast to go. If you aren’t lucky enough to have a high speed blender, any blender will work with a little extra liquid and a little time though your smoothies may not come out as smooth. If you are tossing in greens such as spinach, chard, or kale, be aware that there might be a little bit of grit leftover. Before I had my high speed blenders, I used my Cuisinart just fine and got used to the occasional bit now and again.
Pomegranate juice is one of my favorite juices of all time. I do not, however, care much for the prepackaged pomegranate juices. (Sorry POM) Many are pasteurized and definitely filtered and it takes me all of 5 minutes to run my pomegranate seeds through the blender. If you don’t know how to seed a pomegranate, it’s simple. Cut the top and bottom off of a pomegranate. Cut it in half or quarters if it is a large one. Take a bowl. Fill it full of water. Submerge the halved or quartered pomegranate in the water and pop the seeds out of the membrane and away from the skin. The skin and membranes float to the top and the seeds go straight to the bottom. Keep skimming the top and when you are done seeding the pomegranate (which should take no longer than 5 minutes), drain the water and you have your seeds. Run the seeds through a juicer. I use my Omega VRT to easily extract the juice.
This smoothie has it all. Protein and healthy fats from the avocado and chia seeds, antioxidants from the berries and tons of Vitamin C from the cherries. There is no worry about the fruit spiking your blood sugar because berries are low glycemic and chia seeds and avocado are helpful in keeping blood sugar stable. The fruit, avocado, and chia seeds are also highly alkalizing for the body. Pomegranates are said to be a natural aphrodisiac. They are high in folic acid which is amazing for boosting fertility.
The nutritional value of avocado is amazing being rich in vitamin K, fiber, potassium, folate, B6 and vitamin C. The oleic acid within this fruit promotes heart health and increases your absorption of other nutrients.
All berries are rich in vitamin C and also contain manganese, fibre, iodine, potassium, folate, B vitamins, omega 3, vit K, magnesium and/or copper and many other nutrients. The pigments that are responsible for their bright colors are powerful phytochemicals that provide high anti-oxidant activity – great for inflammatory conditions like arthritis and cardiovascular disease .
Rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, the Chia seeds are also great source of fibers and antioxidants. Their gelling action aid in weight loss by providing a full-feeling in the stomach. Carrying an impressive array of vitamins and minerals these are nutrient powerhouses for the body.
Popularized by Middle Eastern cuisine, used since Babylonian times, featured in stories from Ancient Greece and in the Bible, this fruit’s seeds are jam packed with nutrients.From one fruit, you get more polyphenols — a top ranked antioxidant — than you would from wine and green tea, as well as a good amount of potassium, vitamin C, folic acid and fiber.
Wishing you peace and balance,