Blend together a handful of pomegranate seeds and 1/4 cup water. Garnish with a few mint leaves. This cooling smoothie is good for diabetics and people with pitta dosha. Or in a blender, blend together 6 oz pomegranate juice with 1/2 red grapefruit, 1/4 cup kale, chopped, 2 sage leaves, and a cup and a half of yogurt.
Did you know that some theorists believe that the pomegranate, and not the apple, was the fruit of knowledge forbidden to Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden?1 Thankfully, pomegranates are no longer forbidden to us – not even to the diabetics among us. It is in fact good for diabetics2 and people with heart problems.3
Here are two pomegranate smoothie recipes from two of our experts.
1. Pomegranate Mint Smoothie
By CureJoy Ayurveda expert Akshata Sheelvant
As per Ayurveda, pomegranates are good for normalizing all the three doshas of kapha, pitta, and vata and especially cooling for those with a pitta dosha imbalance. They nourish the blood tissue (rakta dhatu) and strengthen the liver. But because the fruit also has a drying effect, people with a dominant vata dosha should not consume too much.
- 1 handful of organic pomegranate seeds
- 2–4 mint leaves
- 1/4 cup water
- Blend the pomegranate seeds with water in a blender until smooth.
- Garnish with the mint leaves.
2. Pomegranate And Yogurt Smoothie
By CureJoy expert Danielle Stewart
- 1 pomegranate juice, 6 oz approx.
- 1½ cup yogurt
- ½ red grapefruit, juiced
- ¼ cup kale, chopped
- 2 sage leaves
- In a blender, add pomegranate juice, yogurt, the red grapefruit juice, chopped kale, and sage leaves.
- Blend well and drink up!
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|1.||↑||Riddle, John M. “Pomegranate as Eve’s Apple.” In Goddesses, Elixirs, and Witches, pp. 33-53. Palgrave Macmillan US, 2010.|
|2.||↑||Esmaillzadeh, Ahmad, Farideh Tahbaz, Iraj Gaieni, Hamid Alavi-Majd, and Leila Azadbakht. “Concentrated pomegranate juice improves lipid profiles in diabetic patients with hyperlipidemia.” Journal of medicinal food 7, no. 3 (2004): 305-308.|
|3.||↑||Sumner, Michael D., Melanie Elliott-Eller, Gerdi Weidner, Jennifer J. Daubenmier, Mailine H. Chew, Ruth Marlin, Caren J. Raisin, and Dean Ornish. “Effects of pomegranate juice consumption on myocardial perfusion in patients with coronary heart disease.” The American journal of cardiology 96, no. 6 (2005): 810-814.|