Can you believe that Valentine's week is upon us?
I don't know whether to be excited, because hello chocolate or panicked at how fast this year is whizzing by us! I will be running errands like a mad mama this week prepping for all of the V-day festivities our family has going on. That means I'm going to have to get creative with my scheduling and really organize my time if I am going to get every thing done.
A girl still has to eat though right?! During crazy hectic times like this I like to indulge in liquid lunches. No alcohol here folks, just a super delish pomegranate and mandarin smoothie with lots of vitamins and electrolytes to keep me going strong all day no fork required!
Try freezing this smoothie in ice pop molds for a healthy dessert your kids will love!
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Total Time: 5 mins
- Yield: 1 large or 2 small smoothies 1x
- 2 cups frozen pomegranate arils, see note
- 2 cups mandarin oranges, if using frozen let thaw for 2-3 minutes
- 1 banana, sliced
- juice of 1 lime
- ½ cup coconut water
- ½ cup ice
- Combine all of the ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until completely smooth.
I love stocking my freezer with frozen fruit like mandarins and pomegranate from the grocery. It makes smoothie making faster and easier!
Do you peel the pomegranate yourself and then freeze the arils?
Only if I am eating the pomegranate arils in a salad or as a garnish. For this smoothie I like to use frozen pomegranate arils. I have seen them at my local grocery and sometimes at Whole Foods.
Smoothie Lovah says
Meg, SO creative! Smoothies are the best busy mom lunch!! I have never considered freezing citrus fruit for a smoothie, but why not? Mandarin and pomegranate? Genius!! And the pink for Valentine's is appropos!
I hardly ever make smoothies for breakfast anymore, but I make them for lunch ALL the time! Most grocers carry frozen pomegranate and mandarin orange segments which makes it even easier with a lot less effort. Harvesting all those pomegranate arils can be a bit time consuming 😉
Love the soft pink color!