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!

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?

Face the new year with a new drink

thermosNew to smoothies? Not regular old smoothies – snooze – but Wicked Green Smoothies – these have a healthy kick and you’ll start out the day feeling healthy and righteous. If you’re a manly man and don’t want your buds seeing what you’re drinking – no worries – pour this in a Thermos and tell them it’s a protein shake <grin

New Year’s Wicked Green Smoothie
1 c. OJ
1/2 c. frozen blackberries
1/2 c. frozen raspberries
1/2 c. pineapple in its own juice
1/2 banana – frozen or fresh
handful of kale or if you’re a beginner you can use spinach or green lettuce. You won’t even taste the greens. Still worried? Simply add just a couple leaves or just one leaf for your first smoothie, then make it again and add a couple of more, working your way up to a handful and then to half a blender full when you become a Wicked Green Smoothie lovin’ machine.smoothieny

Blend. If you have a basic blender, start with the juice and one fruit, blend add fruit, blend, add veg. Using fresh fruit? You can add ice for a thicker smoothie.

Note:
using frozen fruits gives you a thicker milkshake consistency. Too thick? Add more OJ or add some water.

Tip: bananas getting too ripe? peel, break into chunks, put in Ziploc bag and freeze for smoothies

If you already have jumped on the smoothie train, you can substitute water in place of OJ, cut out 2 of the fruits and add more kale.

Cheers!

P.S. Let me know how you like it.

Chocolate Wicked Green Smoothie

Yep that’s right a chocolate wicked green smoothie.  This smoothie is nutritious and will satisfy your chocolate craving. You won’t even taste the greens!chocolate

1 scoop dynamic greens chocolate powder
1 c. almond milk
handful of ice
handful of spinach
1/2 banana or 1/2 c. raspberries
optional (1 tbsp. of wheat germ, flax, and/or chia seeds)
if you are a newbie – add a tablespoon of Nutella – oh my yum!

blend and enjoy!