Pomegranate-Cocoa Smoothie

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Pomegranate Smooothie

I have read that a cup of cocoa has almost three times the antioxidants of a cup of green tea!  I love learning that I should definitely keep eating my chocolate!  And pomegranates are also super rich in antioxidants (along with their numerous other health benefits — see my recipe for Pomegranate-Pear Holiday Salad to learn more).  
 

I love a quick, sweet smoothie packed with nutrients!  Breakfast, snack, dessert — it's lovely anytime!   And float a few pomegranate seeds on top for that extra festive look!  My four-year-old loves the addition of the crunch!  

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup non-fat yogurt
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice (from concentrate)
  • 2 cups chopped banana
  • 2 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds

Preparation:

Serves 4 kids
Total Prep Time: less than 5 minutes

Put everything except the pomegranate seeds into the blender and puree until smooth!  Sprinkle a few pomegranate seeds on top, and you're done!  

An additional note:  

To save time you can purchase prepackaged pomegranate seedsGelson's and Trader Joe's usually sell them this way during the holidays. (If you choose to start with a whole pomegranate,  use a chef's knife and make a cut through the crown of the pomegranate, halfway through the fruit.  Then, use your hands to break it open.  Repeat the process with each half and, working over a bowl, use your fingers to gently remove the seeds from the peel and membranes.)