Superfood Blueberry Pomegranate Smoothie – This easy vegan, paleo smoothie is PACKED with nutrients! The perfect thing for a quick reset or to fight a cold!
I’ve been doing a looooot of holiday baking in the last few weeks as I’ve been testing recipes for the holidays, baking treats for parties, and getting some edible gifts ready for friends and neighbors.
In between, I’ve wanted, well, anything with a vitamin in it. Steaming bowls of hot vegetable soup, giant lunch salads, and smoothies have been keeping me going. With The Death Cold floating around everyone lately, I’ve wanted to kick my immune system in to gear and do whatever I can do ward off illness. When it inevitably hits our house, smoothies are also one of my favorite go-to foods for sore throats and low appetites.
It helps when they’re as pretty and delicious as this Blueberry Pomegranate Smoothie. Absolutely PACKED with nutrients, it’s a superfood powerhouse and it tastes like a dream come true.
I loaded it with a mixture of berries (frozen berries make my world go round in the winter!), added a hefty dose of greens, some antioxidant-rich pomegranate juice and finished things off with a secret boost.
My two go-tos for this kind of smoothie are collagen and chia seeds. Collagen is my go-to for easily digestible, dairy free (but not vegan) protein. It’s totally flavorless and can be dissolved in anything, from a cup of soup, to hot cocoa, to smoothies or juices.
On the vegan side, chia seeds are just my favorite. I love how they blend up so nicely here and lend a dose of good-for-you Omega-3 fatty acids and a little protein along with it.
Notes on the Recipe:
Let’s talk add-ins. I almost always boost my smoothies with an extra dose of healthy fats or protein to help keep me full a bit longer and to round out the nutrition profile a bit. My two favorites for this smoothie are chia seeds (awesome source of Omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, etc.) and collagen (which adds almost no fat and a big boost of easily digestible protein).
Collagen is dairy free, but not vegan. If it’s vegan protein you’re looking for, you might like this unsweetened vegan protein powder. It’s the best vegan one I’ve tried so far!
Swaps and Substitutions. You can play with the amounts here a bit or get creative about add-ins. You can try adding pomegranate arils along with the blueberries, or swap out some frozen strawberries for the raspberries. Or, you can adjust the greens a bit–try kale or even Swiss chard in place of the spinach.
If you don’t have a high-speed blender…don’t worry! Before I got my Blendtec, I’d get super smooth smoothies by blending my greens and liquid first, then adding the other ingredients. The extra blend helps get those greens nice and smooth!
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- 2 cups frozen blueberries (unsweetened)
- 1 cup frozen raspberries (unsweetened)
- 1 cup (8oz) pomegranate juice
- 1–2 cups spinach
- 2 Tbsp chia seeds
- 1 Tbsp lime juice (about 1/2 lime)
Place ingredients in your blender in the order listed. Puree until completely smooth. Pour into glasses and serve immediately!
(Note: If you don’t have a high speed blender, I recommend blending your juice, spinach, and chia seeds before adding the other ingredients. This will give you the smoothest texture and help break down those greens!)
Feel free to substitute collagen protein to the smoothie instead of the chia seeds. It’s a great way to get some extra protein! If you prefer vegan protein, I like Bob’s Red Mill unsweetened vegan protein powder.
- Serving Size: 10-12oz smoothies
- Calories: 247kcal
- Sugar: 32g
- Sodium: 32mg
- Fat: 5g
- Saturated Fat: 1g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 51g
- Fiber: 13g
- Protein: 5g
- Cholesterol: 0