Pomegranate Tea Smoothie Bowl

Where have I been? I know I said I was getting back to my blog, and I’ve let y’all down. Although I have not been posting here, I have been keeping up with my daily fitness and healthy eating. Probably more hardcore than years ago. So, what have I been up to lately? Working, yes. Traveling for work, yes. Working out, yes. Doing yoga, yes. Cardio, yes. Finding time to read, yes. Trying to turn off technology, trying. Cooking and eating at home 90% of the time, yes.

I was saying to my husband the other day that no matter what’s happened in my life and the twists and turns that life has taken me, I have stayed truly committed to fitness, healthy living, healthy eating. Today is the 5th day of a 21-day partner yoga challenge I am doing at Kiva Hot Yoga. This is my first yoga challenge. For this challenge, we have to do yoga at least 4 days per week (I’ve done 5 days straight so far), keep up with a food journal and work with our partners to inspire each other and help each other be accountable.

My partner and I did not know each other well before this, but we’ve been chatting every day since this began. I was telling her about my some of my work background, and she said, “I hit the lottery with partners”. I sent her a few healthy recipes I was making this week including this Wonton Soup Recipe by Skinny Taste, which is so easy, fast and amazing.

I have not had the opportunity to tell my partner yet about my smoothies and smoothie bowl recipes. I made this Pomegranate Tea Smoothie Bowl, which was perfect after my 90 minute hot yoga class this morning. Pomegranate juice, tea and strawberries are the stars of this recipe, which all contain antioxidants. It’s refreshing, filling, hydrating and tasty. This is one of 200 recipes in my cookbook. If you’re interested in a copy of my book, you can order it on the “shop” button here.

That’s all for now. More to come, Alison

Pomegranate Tea Smoothie Bowl

If you can’t find pomegranate-flavored tea, you can substitute any berry-flavored tea.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup brewed pomegranate-flavored tea, chilled

1/4 cup unsweetened pomegranate juice

1 tbsp. liquid honey

11/2 cups frozen strawberries

Ice cubes (optional)

Suggested Toppings

Sliced strawberries

Pomegranate seeds

Goji berries

Muesli

Chia seeds

Directions:

1. In blender, combine tea, pomegranate juice, honey and strawberries. Secure lid and blend (from low to high if using a variable-speed blender) until smooth. If a thicker consistency is desired, add ice, one cube at a time, and blend until smooth.

2. Pour into a bowl or bowls and top with any of the suggested toppings, as desired.

Courtesy of 200 Best Smoothie Bowl Recipes by Alison Lewis © 2016 www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with publisher permission. Available where books are sold.

Antioxidant Shooters

 

Antioxidant Shooters

If this recipe for Antioxidant Shooters has caught your eye, I have a feeling you are aware that pomegranate juice, strawberries and blueberries are filled with antioxidants. With the addition of beets, this recipe is SUPER high in antioxidants. If you don’t have time to cook beets, you can often find them on the salad bar at a high end or gourmet grocery store. What is interesting about beets is not the fact that they are rich in antioxidants, but the unusual mix of antioxidants that they contain. Beets have unique antioxidants since they get their red color primarily from betalain antioxidant pigments (and not primarily from anthocyanins). This combined with being a very good source of the antioxidant manganese and vitamin C, provides antioxidant support in a different way than other antioxidant-rich vegetables.

Have you heard the term but wonder why antioxidants are important? Antioxidants offer a number of health benefits and can help possibly prevent diseases, ranging from cancer to Alzheimer’s. Also, more and more information suggests that chronic inflammation is the root cause of many of these same diseases, and these ingredients are ALSO high anti-inflammatory foods. These Antioxidant Shooters are so good, so healthy and easy to make for a morning or afternoon pick-me-up of liquid health.

Beat the Heat with Healthy Sparkling Fruit Water

It’s been so hot here, and every day my kids and I are trying to come up with new ways to keep cool. I decided to freeze some pomegranate juice and blueberries and combine it in sparkling lime-flavored water to create this super refreshing and healthy Sparkling Fruit Water. It’s so easy!

Frozen Pomegranate Margarita

We are huge fans of pomegranate juice at my house. I like to put a splash in my water bottles, but the kids will drink it by itself. I twisted up the classic margarita cocktail to create this Frozen Pomagranate Margarita recipe. It is perfect for anytime this summer, when you want a cool, frozen cocktail beverage.

I love that pomegranate juice has so many wonderful antioxidants and healthy properties helping prevent cardiovascular disease, prostate cancers, sports recovery problems and more. Polyphenols found in pomegranates may even help fuel your exercise goals. For more information and studies, see Pom Wonderful.

Weekend Pancakes with a Twist: Pomegranate Ricotta Pancakes with Pomegranate Syrup

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Making pancakes on the weekend is one of my favorite things to do with the kids. This recipe is really special because it includes ricotta cheese as well as pomegranates and pomegranate juice. It is a recipe I came up for POM, and it’s really wonderful. Since pomegranate season is about over, try substituting blueberries for the pomegranates in the pancakes.

Pomegranate and Chocolate: Pomegranate Cheesecake with Almond Crust

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I worked on this recipe: Pomegranate Cheesecake for “Pom” Pomegranate juice where the juice was in the mixture as well as the chocolate sauce. This recipe is so delicious and very unique. If you like pomegranates and chocolate, you will really love this recipe.

Healthy and Light: Simple Pork Tenderloin with Pomegranate Salsa

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So many people tell me that they’re intimidated to grill pork tenderloins. Don’t be. They are really simple to do and come out tasting great, especailly this recipe for Pork Tenderloin with Pomegranate Salsa. I developed this recipe for POM Pomegranate juice and promotion of pomegranates, and it is really delcious and healthy. If you don’t eat pork, this salsa goes great with chicken or fish. This makes a great Sunday night or weeknight dinner. It’s so pretty and flavorful.

Shirley Temples with Fresh Cherries

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My three kids are the best, and I try to treat them with something new and different all of the time from the kitchen. I came up with the idea of a healthier version of Shirley Temples using pomegranate-cherry juice 100% juice and fresh cherries. This recipe is so simple, and they love it! It’s perfect for this time of year when cherries are in abundance.