POM Wonderful was kind enough to send me a case of their Blueberry Pomegranate juice to try. Honestly, I had never tried Pomegranate juice before, so I was excited to see how I liked it. Thank you, POM Wonderful!
Now the thing about Pomegranate juice is that it is very distinct (and it comes in an adorable, curvy bottle). 🙂 It reminded me of an intense grape juice, because it has that rich — and a bit heavy — flavor. And I imagine that it’s an acquired taste, because I wasn’t sure if I liked it at first and now I’m hooked. The juice is extremely good in a smoothie, but more on that later.
Although I had never tried it before, I could have told you that Pomegranate juice is full of antioxidants. Adding Pomegranate juice to blueberries — a fruit which also boasts such ‘powers’ — is genius. The juice is like an antioxidant fighting machine.
What are Antixoidants? I’ll let Pom Wonderful do all the talking here…
What are Antioxidants?
Every day, your body is exposed to free radicals, unstable molecules that can damage the cells in your body in a process often referred to as oxidative stress.
Where do they come from? Everywhere. Not only does your body produce them as part of normal metabolism, there are also many external sources such as air pollution, alcohol, pesticides, sunlight, tobacco smoke, drugs and fried foods. Even our stressful lifestyles are related to excess oxidative stress.
That’s where antioxidants come in. Antioxidants are scavengers that neutralize free radicals. Although your body produces its own antioxidants, they are often insufficient to protect against the total oxidative stress we all experience. In fact, scientists have already linked free radicals to many different types of diseases.
Consuming a diet rich in natural antioxidants, like those that come from fruits and vegetables, may help protect against free radical damage.
I hadn’t realized that stress could cause damage like that, although it makes sense.
Anyway, I asked my husband to try the Blueberry Pom juice, and he had the same reaction I did at first. He thought that it was a bit intense. After I had turned it into a smoothie, however, he loved it. Score!
So if you’re looking for a way to fight antioxidants but aren’t a fan of Pomegranate juice just like that, try turning it into a creamy, fruity drink. (There are countless recipes on Pom Wonderful’s website, or you can try my smoothie concoction below).
Also on POM Wonderful’s website, you can check out their other flavors, such as: blueberry, cherry, mango, kiwi, and nectarine. There’s a flavor for everyone!
Have you ever tried Pomegranate juice? Do you drink it just like that or in smoothies?
Blueberry Sunset Smoothie
1 cup frozen blueberries
Cup milk (or 8 oz. vanilla yogurt)
Cup POM Wonderful Blueberry juice
1. Add everything to the blender and smoothie-it-up. 🙂