Give me a P, give me a O, give me a M…

imagesYep, that’s right it’s pomegranate season. If you haven’t tried this delicious fruit you are missing out on a tasty treat.

There are so many ways to enjoy pomegranates. There’s bottled juice by POM. The plain is excellent and the pomegranate/pineapple tastes like Hawaiian Punch to me. I like to add a splash  of  juice to plain or vanilla greek yogurt. For a refreshing drink, add it to sparkling water with a slice of lime. Delish!

Buying the fruit fresh and squeezing the juice or eating the fruit is…well…like tasting a garden tomato vs a store bought tomato. There’s no comparison. To cut a pomegranate, I cut it into 4 sections and then use my fingers to pop out the seeds over a bowl of water. It’s messy but worth it. Here’s a video to help you.

Let’s not forget fruit itself – the arils or seeds. You can sprinkle them on your cereal, steel cut oats, into your yogurt or my favorite way…eat with a spoon. You can cut and gather the seeds yourself from the pomegranate OR go to the produce section of your store and you’ll see the seeds next to the pomegranate juice. But…they are only available for a short time so get them now!Image

And let’s not forget our fantastic wicked green smoothie.

Pom-erific Smoothie

1/2 c. frozen blueberries
1/2 c. pomegranate juice or if you’re trying to watch calories use 1/4 c. juice and 1/4 c. water
1/2 c. vanilla or greek yogurt (optional)
handful of kale
couple slices of cucumber or 2 baby carrots (optional) if adding these, leave out the yogurt.
1 tbsp. chia seeds (optional)
Blend well and enjoy!

Kale is super delicious!

Kale is fantastic! It tastes sweeter after a frost and grows well into the winter. It’s one of my favorite dark leafy green to use in Wicked Green Smoothies. Kale has quickly become one of my favorite greens – if you had asked me a few years ago, I would have wrinkled my nose and said “ewwww”.

By the way, kale is a “super-green” as it’s very high in vitamin K, vitamin C, beta carotene and calcium. When you grind it up in a smoothie it releases sulforaphane which is a chemical with killer anti-cancer properties. Steaming, stir frying, microwaving, baking and grinding in smoothies keep the levels of this chemical high.  Boiling will decrease them. Have you tried kale sautéed w/a little olive oil, almonds, and garlic? Before you say “yuck”, try it, it’s very tasty.

There is also a chemical in kale which helps boost DNA repair in cells and hey we all need to do everything we can to keep looking young, right?

Want the biggest bang for your buck in a nutritional sense? Kale is it. It scores 1000 (top score) on the ANDI score for nutritional density.

Here are a few ways to make the most of Kale:

  • add a handful (after removing the thick stem) to a Wicked Green Smoothie (there are lots of recipes listed on my blog).
  • sauté kale w/olive oil, minced garlic and almonds – yummy!
  • add chopped kale to pasta like spaghetti, lasagna, penne
  • mix up your favorite soup and sneak in some kale
  • add a few torn up pieces to your salad or put it on your sandwich in place of the old standby iceberg lettuce
  • craving chips? try Kale chips – pssst – click the link for the recipe – betcha eat them all yourself and don’t share 😉

Do you eat Kale? What’s your favorite way to serve it?

Cheers!

How is a green smoothie like a work of art?

A day at the farmer's marketHmmm, so how is a painting like a green smoothie?  Well, they both take creativity to come up with an idea and translate it into a finished product, they’re both super fun, and one helped create the other.  The painting came about after a day I spent at the State Farmer’s Market purchasing fruit and veggies, including super delish Kale.  It was Fall and all the mums were out on display looking like a rainbow touched the ground in front of me.  I was buying veggies and mums and overheard two ladies talking.  You could tell they’d been friends for a long time.  I found myself following along behind them, listening to them talk.  It made me think, “wow, I hope I have friends that will be in my life for as long as they’ve been friends” and when I looked up we were in the middle of all the mums.  The beauty of the scene grabbed me and I pulled out my camera to take pictures before anyone moved.  The end result was the painting you see below. This is the same painting shown in the image at the top of my blog. Use the greens you buy at the farmer’s market or supermarket or from your own garden to make a healthy, energizing Wicked Green Smoothie.

It’s a Cranberry Day Wicked Green Smoothie
1 c. V-8 fusion cranberry blackberry juice
1 c. mixed fruit (frozen strawberries, pineapple, and peaches)
1/2 kiwi
1/4 bunch of parsley (if you’re new to green smoothies, only use a couple of sprigs)
1/2 c. vanilla greek yogurt
Blend and enjoy, your body will thank you.

How do you satisfy your creative needs?