Valentine’s day or just showing some affection in general for your loved one is so much more than heart shaped chocolate (although very delicious if I say so myself). When I visited Greece last year I discovered that the pomegranate is a symbol of love and fertility. This goes all the way back to ancient Greece times. So I figured, the best way to show some love is with a Pomegranate Love Smoothie.
It seems that the pomegranate is one of the world’s most ancient foods and so beautiful bursting with its ruby-red jewel like seeds. The pomegranate is a symbolic fruit of beauty, marriage, love, fertility, birth, rebirth, prosperity, eternity and hope. Even today in certain Greek villages young brides will throw pomegranates at the door of their new house. It should be done in such a way that the pomegranate bursts open with scattered seeds. This ritual is said to ensure a happy marriage with many children.
For this Pomegranate Love Smoothie you only have to throw in a few ingredients in your blender. It’s a simple yet delicious smoothie.
Pomegranates are extremly healthy and taking care of one another is the perfect way to show love, right? Here are just a few health benefits:
- Heart health. Pomegranate juice can maintain good flow of the blood in the body, this will decrease the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
- High in antioxidants. This will fight off diseases and help to keep the bad cholesterol low and the arteries clear of any clots due the ability of pomegranates to make the blood thinner.
- High levels of flavonoids (an antioxidant).
- Great for the teeth. Pomegranate juice can (due to its antibacterial and antiviral properties) help to reduce dental plaque and protects against various oral diseases.
- Helps reduce symptoms of anemia, such as exhaustion, dizziness, weakness, and hearing loss.
- Great for a youthfull and glowing skin.
- Helps overcome depression.
- Reduces the possibility of having premature babies and avoiding low birth weight for newborn infants.
If you’re using almond milk for this smoothie recipe make sure you check the ingredients on the store bought versions (many brands contain added sugar). Alternately, you can make your own almond milk.
- 1 ½ cup almond milk or coconut milk
- 2 ripe bananas
- 1 cup (frozen) pomegranate seeds (I used the seeds of 1,5 pomegranate)
- 1 date
- Add the almond milk, date, pomegranate seeds, and bananas to your blender. Blend until the smoothie is smooth and the pomegranate seeds are fully blended.