Make a frosty raspberry smoothie is the prettiest anti-inflammatory smoothie, with a tart flavor and a beautiful bright pink color.
This raspberry smoothie is bursting with anti-oxidants and anti-inflammation effects thanks to both raspberries and pomegranates.
The berries of course carry tons of fiber and anti-oxidants. But the true strength in this recipe comes from the anti-inflammatory pomegranate juice in this mixture.
Best Ingredients for a Raspberry Smoothie
Raspberries - use frozen, and use organic if possibly since all berries tend to absorb pesticides into their skin.
Pomegranate juice - you can use fresh pomegranate arils but the smoothie texture might be less smooth than if you used juice. Bottled quality brands are fine as long as they have no added sugar.
Milk - I use cashew or oat milk to make my smoothies extra creamy. I recommend freezing milk in an ice cube tray to keep on hand to use for smoothies to thicken their texture.
Lime juice - to add vitamin C, as well as a fresh bite and tone down any sweetness from the pomegranate juice.
Two Important Tips for Making Healthy Smoothies
Never add ice to a smoothie - it waters down flavor, texture and nutrition.
Never add sugar to a smoothie if you can resist. Use green grapes if you have to sweeten it. Green grapes are sweet, yet neutral so won't change the flavor, and won't change most colors. You will find occasionally I will recommend adding maple syrup as a sweetener to a smoothie on my blog or in my smoothie book, but it is with great reluctance.
How Healthy Are Pomegranates?
They are full of vitamin C and vitamin K, fiber and protein. Studies show the tiny red jewels inside the found pomegranate are where the magic is.
To get to pomegranate goodness, you can either eat the arils (that's what the jewels are called; I prefer jewels), or crush them into juice. Either way, you get the nutrition. That's because one cup of the arils will give you 7 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein.
But the really power in pomegranates is their anti-inflammatory capabilities.
It is said that drinking just half a cup a day will reduce inflammation you might be experiencing within just a few days. That a very fast response!
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Raspberry Smoothie Variations
Instead of milk, you can use yogurt for a thicker smoothie. To keep it vegan and dairy-free, of course, use a dairy-free yogurt.
Instead of lime juice, use lemon juice for a tarter flavor, or orange juice for a sweeter flavor. Although I don't recommend adding sugar-laden juices to a smoothie. Lime juice is inherently sweet without sugars so that is why I love it paired with tart raspberries.
Add other flavors. Try mint or basil for an herbal take. Or chopped fresh ginger will add detox power and a zingy taste.
Change out the smoothie flavor all together? Use mango for a different smoothie, but mango does replace raspberry well.
Is this Raspberry Smoothie Vegan & Dairy-Free?
As are all my smoothies, this raspberry smoothie recipe is Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free.
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- 2 cup raspberries frozen
- ½ cup pomegranate juice
- ½ cup dairy-free milk (frozen into cubes prior night)
- 2 tbsp lime juice
- 2 tbsp pomegranate jewels
- 2 tbsp granola
- Freeze your milk into cubes, or at least use or freeze the raspberries.
- Blend up all ingredients.
- Serve chilled!