The combination of avocado, pomegranate and berries (plus lots of other veggies and spices) makes for a smoothie that is refreshing, creamy and red. This delicious smoothie comes packed with healthy nutrients and has a double taste, spicy and sweet.
This was one of my best smoothie recipes at the time and here’s why. It was:
Spicy & Sweet
& Fun to Make
Super Red Color
What’s in this Refreshing Red Smoothie?
Let’s break down all the ingredients, discussing a bit about why I’ve included each of them and what are their associated health benefits:
- Romaine Lettuce – It’s one of those “good-for-you” green leafy vegetables, loaded with vitamins, minerals, enzymes, phytonutrients and fiber. Go organic if possible, since it’s pretty hard to wash lettuce.
- Avocado – Avocado comes with plenty of healthy fats and fiber, plus minerals like potassium and magnesium. Keep in mind that avocado will always make your smoothie creamy.
- Blueberries – I like to buy them frozen, since frozen blueberries don’t cost much, are available in all seasons, and are already cold from the freezer. Frozen berries and avocado will always make for a creamy smoothie (like in our case here). Also, don’t forget that blueberries are loaded with phytonutrients which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Golden Apple – Both me and my wife we absolutely love these yellow and sweet apples. They’re loaded with healthy fiber and available in all seasons.
- Pomegranate – I don’t use pomegranate too often because I’m a bit lazy and I prefer frozen berries. But this doesn’t mean that you can’t use pomegranate whenever you feel like, especially since pomegranates have lots of nutrients like phytonutrients and vitamins.
- Fennel – One of those vegetables that it’s a bit strange to add in smoothies. It’s a crunchy sweet plant, similar to celery (apio), loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
- Celery Stick – For me, celery sticks (apio) always goes hand in hand with fennel. I use them both for smoothies, soups and stews, and I even used them in smoothie bowl recipes.
- Extra Virgin Coconut Oil – One of the best sources of healthy fats, coconut oil can be added to smoothies, desserts or used as a cooking oil. One tablespoon of coconut oil a day will get you a long way.
- Chia Seeds – These little seeds are a great source of healthy fats and fiber, but also minerals like calcium, magnesium and iron. Chia seeds are a superfood and one tablespoon goes a long way in terms of health benefits.
- Raw Cacao – While you won’t feel the specific cacao taste, you’ll know it’s there. Cacao is high in a group of phytonutrients called flavonoids which come with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Cinnamon, Turmeric, Ginger Powder – I like to use these powders in almost all my smoothie recipes, in various combinations. They’re a fun way to spice things up when it comes to your smoothie taste or health benefits.
- Lemon – I always finish a smoothie with lemon or lime juice. Not too much but just enough to balance for the healthy fats, and also act as an antioxidant (your smoothie will last longer this way).
- Liquid – For this recipe I used plain water but you can also use coconut water or coconut milk. If you decide to use full-fat coconut milk, you can skip adding coconut oil.
What are some of the health benefits?
Smoothies are a great way to enjoy lots of raw plants that come with vitamins, minerals, enzymes, phytonutrients and healthy fiber. They’re fresh, tasty and fun to drink. In case you want to go next level, try making smoothies that are low in carbs (specifically fructose) while using more vegetables and high potency plants.
Here are some of the benefits that you can expect from a healthy smoothie like this one:
- Better skin
- Better digestion
- Important source of healthy fats
- Keeps hunger away in a healthy way
- Helps with cravings
- Energy boosting
- Acts as a detoxifying agent
- More creativity
- Mental energy
As you can see, smoothies are a great way to boost your nutrient intake while having some fun in the kitchen. I absolutely love my daily smoothie and making smoothies was a big help in my healing journey.
If you try this refreshing red smoothie, let me know what you think! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a picture @refreshmyhealth on Social Media so I can follow-up. Enjoy your smoothie!
What’s your favorite smoothie combination? What’s your favorite smoothie color? Share your tips below.
Refreshing Spicy and Sweet Red Smoothie
- 8 leaves romaine lettuce (medium sized lettuce)
- 1 avocado (skin and seed removed)
- 125 g frozen blueberries (organic)
- 1 medium golden apple
- 1/2 pomegranate (seeds only)
- 1 big piece fennel (chopped)
- 1 stick celery (sliced)
- 1.5 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
- 1.5 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp raw cacao
- 1 tsp cinnamon powder
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp ginger powder
- 1 slice lemon (organic)
- 400 ml water
- Peel, chop and cut all the ingredients according to the indications above.
- Place them all into your blender and take your time blending until everything looks smooth and creamy.
- Hey! Wasn’t that easy?!
- Color: very red
- Texture: creamy, smooth texture, easy to drink
- Taste: refreshing, spicy and sweet