Pomegranate Chai Smoothie

Talk about drinking to your health; this smoothie has unique polyphenols puls everything youor nees for recovery: fluid, protein, carbs, and sodium and potassium. Works as both a Cold or Warm Recovery Beverage.

A Pomegranate Chai Smoothie that includes 8 ounces of Pom Wonderful 100% pomegranate juice  is how I  recover after exercise and how I drink to good health.Pomegranate Chai Smoothe
Disclosure: I received free samples of POM Wonderful mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by  POM Wonderful and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

Your 2018 New Year’s Resolutions are  in full swing, making it the perfect time to talk about something #CrazyHealthy. That something, is POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice.

What makes a juice #CrazyHealthy?

First of all, as a registered dietitian using evidence based information to focus on nutrition from a healthy aging perspective, I  am excited about the potential benefits of pomegranate juice on memory and cognition.

In a preliminary 2013 UCLA study, it was found that a small group of older adults with age-related memory complaints who drank 8 ounces of pomegranate juice daily had increased verbal memory performance and functional brain activity in fMRI testing after just four weeks.

*These early scientific results on the impact of pomegranate juice on the brain have not yet been adequately studied. Further clincial research on larger populations is needed to help establish causation and to determine the long term effects of pomegranate on memory and cognition. 

Including  8 ounces of pomegranate juice into my daily routine is easy because I love the slightly sweet, slightly tart taste of Pom Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice. The possibility that this juice may also be enhancing my memory and cognition makes it a win, win!

Secondly,  by integrating food with physical activity, I champion practical ways  to reach health and fitness goals. I am ‘juiced up’ about the potential benefits Pom Wonderful 100% pomegranate juice has as a post workout beverage.

Did you know 100% pomegranate juice is powered by unique polyphenols that early research suggests have promising results for post-workout muscle strength recovery? Certain types of polyphenol antioxidants, like those found in pomegranate juice, may help increase nitric oxide bioavailability by protecting if from breaking down in the body. Nitric oxide helps your body get the oxygen and nutrients it needs druing exercise.

*Although the research reported is promising, additional clinical research is needed to establish causation and the potential impact of pomegranate polyphenols and exercise. 

Maintaining my ability to remain active as I age, is a high priority for me. It’s one of the reasons I incorporate 8 ounces of pomegrantate juice into my routine after a bout of exercise, like this Pomegranate Chai Smoothie. Pomegranate Chai Smoothie Talk about drinking to your health! This smoothie has unique polyphenols plus everything else you need for recovery: fluid,   protein  for muscle protein synthesis (24 grams),  carbohydrate for glycogen replacement(52 grams) and  both  sodium and potassium, (100 mg and 314 mg respectively).  The taste of chai spices paired with 100% Pom Wonderful Pomegranate juice will delight your taste buds.  Hold on cause there’s one more thing:  this drink works as both a cold refreshing beverage and also as a warm smoothie! Either way, you get the benefits of a delicious post workout beverage.  Be sure to see the links at the bottom of this post for more  #CrazyHealthy ideas from   the Recipe Redux team!Pomegranate Chai Smoothie

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Pomegranate Chai Smoothie

 

  • Author: Diane Boyd
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Cuisine: beverage
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Ingredients

  • 8 ounces 100% Pom wonderful pomegrante juice
  • 1 cup Vanilla Skyr non-fat yogurt
  • 3 teaspoons instant unsweetened tea
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 8 ice cubes
  • pomegrantate arils for garnish

Instructions

 FOR THE COLD BEVERAGE

Place  ingredients from pomegranate juice thru ice cubes into a blender container. Cover and mix until smooth.  Garnish with pomegranate arils. Serve immediately.  

FOR THE WARM BEVERAGE

Place ingredients from pomegranate juice thru allspice into blender (omitting ice altogether). Cover and mix until smooth. Pour blended beverage into a microwavable mug and heat on medium high (70%) for 15 seconds. Remove and  stir.  Test for temperature. Repeat until desired temperature is reached. Garnish with pomegranate arils. Serve immediately.

 

Notes

 

Pomegranate Chai Smoothie 2 ways, Warm or Cold

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Eating Well; Putting it all Together

Don’t just resolve to eat better in the New Year, commit to  enjoying meals with others and finding satisfaction with what you eat.Eating Well; Putting it all Together

While the focus of nutrition remains on what to eat, and research continues to  analyze individual foods, here’s the reality:

 In 2017,  nutritionists discussed eating for a robust gut macrobiotia, eating more plants, and the benefits of healthy fats. All  nutrition worthy goals! Expect me to continue these conversations.  However, too often, we fail to mention the importance of  satisfaction and  social connections. I am a fan of the Meditteranean eating pattern for its emphasis on both physical activity and enjoying food with others.

This past weekend I hosted an oyster roast for family. Eating Well; Putting it all TogetherIt was a 3 hour long meal, mostly spent shucking and eating oysters around our kitchen island. It was relaxed. We laughed, sometimes hard, and the focus was more on coming together than on anything else. Rarely do I spend this kind of time at one meal (meals are usually 20 minutes max at our house). But this was different. Our gathering included 3 generations, and was my attempt to do what has been identified as a general longevity factor:   building and maintaining solid relationships between family members: parents, siblings , grandparent and others. Eating Well; Putting it all TogetherInterested in eating better in 2018?  Stop fighting with food. Stop worrying about food. Embrace gathering around food to enhance bonds. Try integrating into groups that promote and suppport “healthy living” including : family, religious communities, and social groups. Remember, it’s not just about the food.

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