Pomegranate beet citrus smoothie – loaded with antioxidants, and vitamins, spiced with mint and ginger, this smoothie is as refreshing, as it is detoxifying and immune boosting.
In between birthday cakes, and celebrations, I am trying to counter my all-too-busy-party life with a dose of healthy. This pomegranate beet citrus smoothie was my attempt at detox and cleanse It wasn’t meant to be a meal replacement, and I didn’t go on a smoothie diet. It was simply a high dose of vitamins and antioxidants to restore some balance in my body.
Make it while you can still find pomegranates, as they are beginning to disappear from the market. I actually froze some of the pomegranate arils for later use. They freeze well, and work perfectly in smoothies.
The smoothie is loaded with fresh citrus flavors, and it tastes bright and refreshing due to the mint, and ginger. I added some freshly grated clementine zest for added aroma as well. Both beets and pomegranates are high in Vitamin C, and B-6, as well as magnesium, with lemons and tangerines further bumping up the Vitamin C content. The potent phytochemicals that give beets and pomegranates their deep crimson color will not only brighten your day, but will give your immune system a boost with a hefty dose of antioxidants. Beets are also known for their detoxifying properties, and pungent, peppery ginger gives the smoothie some spicy kick, but also provides you with an anti-inflammatory and immune boosting punch. Both mint and ginger have a soothing effect on the digestive system, which is always welcomed.
Since pomegranates are high in sugar, I like to add the whole seeds, so that the fiber in the seeds helps slow down its absorption. So try not to substitute them for pure pomegranate juice if possible. If you have a powerful blender like Blendtec or Vitamix, you can throw in the beets whole, fiver and all, instead of juicing them first. It makes about 5-6 cups, and I had it over the course of two days.
- juice from 4 large beets - 1 1/2 cup
- 2 cups pomegranate arils
- 2 whole lemons peeled
- 7-8 clementines tangerines, peeled
- 1 Tbs grated fresh ginger
- 1/2 cup mint leaves packed
- 3 cups ice
Juice the beets in a juicer.
Peel the lemons and clementines, and de-seed the pomegranate.
In your blender, add all ingredients + 3 cups of ice, and blend on high for 20-30 seconds or until fully blended.
Keeps in the fridge for 1-2 days.