This very berry smoothie recipe sure does pack in the nutrients. Pomegranate and berries are rich in antioxidants, which help to protect your cells from free radicals.
Wheat germ is a nutritional powerhouse. Apart from providing a good helping of fiber to this vibrant berry shake, wheatgerm is also great source of a menagerie of vitamins and minerals, including B vitamins, vitamin E, heart healthy phytosterols, as well as a boat load of minerals, such as iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc, selenium and manganese, and also inflammation fighting omega-3 fats – a fat in which most of us are lacking. Phew!
Flaxseed is a treasure trove of omega-3 fatty acids, just 2 tablespoons boasts more than 100% of your recommended daily intake for those heart-healthy fats. Research suggests that flaxseeds can help lower total cholesterol, as well as “bad” (LDL) cholesterol. Flaxseeds also make this pomegranate smoothie filling as it’s rich in fiber .
Go for ground flaxseeds. If you have whole flaxseeds grind them yourself with a coffee or spice grinder. Whole flaxseeds will pass right through your body without being digested. Check out how to make a smoothie for more healthy, delicious add-ins.
- 2 cups mixed frozen red berries
- 2 cups pomegranate juice
- 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
- 1 tbsp wheat germ
- honey to sweeten if needed
- Combine berries, pomegranate juice, honey, wheatgerm and flaxseed in blender.
- Process until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve immediately.
If you want to make this smoothie more filling, check out how to make a smoothie thicker.