Happy Monday everyone. We had a beautiful weekend, hope you did too! Today is "On the Lighter Side" here at The Slow Roasted Italian. Every Monday we feature a dish that represents healthy eating. Today we feature a fabulous smoothie to kick your week off right!!!
But first a note from Donna and Chad: The holiday season is a very busy time of year for us, as we are gearing up for the holidays, we will be posting on the blog Monday through Friday until at least January. We have found that everyone seems to especially enjoy the themes that run on: Monday - On the Lighter Side, Tuesday - Simply Delicious and Thursday - Ladies Night. Therefor we are keeping those themes in place. Wednesday - The Happy Hour, Friday- Diving Into Decadence, Saturdays - Date Night and Dinner Parties, and Sunday - Family Time will appear on Wednesdays and Fridays. It is going to be an exciting holiday season!
It is autumn and the proof is in the pomegranates. They are everywhere! I love them and have been thinking of how many ways I can use them. There is an amazing sale on them this week, so we are stocking up. Did you know a pomegranate will last up to 2 months in the refrigerator and up to a month on the counter? Also that you can remove the arils (seeds and the surrounding water-laden pulp) and freeze them? I can't tell you all the ways that I can think of using these. Smoothies, cocktails, sauces, salad dressings, pies, savory dishes...
AboutPomegranate.com provided these wonderful facts; pomegranate is not only delicious but one of the most nutritious fruits to eat. It is rich in vitamin C, vitamin B5, potassium and also polyphenols, a potent form of antioxidants. It is also considered one of the high-fiber fruits. A ½ cup of pomegranate arils contains only 80 calories, but is packed with 5g of fiber and 180mg of potassium.
Today we are sharing our favorite smoothie this season (although I am sure there are plenty more to come) Pomegranate Banana Smoothie. As Mr. W put it: its perfect. Don't change a thing! I hope you enjoy it, it got rave reviews from all 3 of us. Em drank almost a whole glass on her own!!! Enjoy!
Pomegranate Banana Smoothie Makes 2 - 8 ounce servings
1 banana, frozen in pieces (at least 1 hour)
½ cup ice
3/8 cup non fat, plain yogurt
¾ cup fresh pomegranate juice (seeds can be included, if you choose)
Blend, serve, enjoy!!!