A sweet and spicy smoothie that’s tropical and indulgent, you won’t want to miss out on my pomegranate ginger smoothie.Hey heyyyyyy.
I alluded to the fact that I had a back injury in last week’s post so I wanted to fill ya’ll in on what’s been happening over here. For the last couple weeks I’ve been in and out of chiropractor, doctor and PT offices and I’m totally bummed out to start off the new year with an injury. It’s been a couple weeks now since I’ve practiced yoga or worked out and my body and mental/emotional state is feeling the effects. Physical activity for me is a huge stress management tool. It’s how I mark the end of the work day and let go of any stressors from the day to move into my evening feeling energized and rejuvenated. Not having that totally sucks. I’ve tried to transfer that energy to things like cooking dinner or reading a book but it’s just not the same. I move from my home office 10 feet into my living room or kitchen. Not really the transition I’m looking for.
But I’m trying to find a silver lining in all of this. Some learnings that I can take away from this rather than wallowing in my sorrows. I’ve learned that I need to be kinder to my body. That my big purse with my laptop and charger and hard drives that weighs 237875 pounds is NOT good for my back. That it’s finally time to embrace my inner nerd and buy a backpack (but like a cute one ;)). That I can no longer sit at a desk for eight hours a day and think that it’s not impacting me because I’m a yoga teacher so that like totally balances it out, right?! Nope. Time to invest in a standing desk. That when I start to feel discomfort in my body, I should listen and react instead of carrying on for a month and praying that it just goes away. When I think I might be pushing myself with an advanced yoga pose, I should back out and respect my body’s ability instead of trying to push through the pose. Of course, these are all things I knew before I hurt my back but sometimes it takes an injury, illness, etc. to knock some real sense into you.
I’m hoping that PT will help (because the chiropractor made it SO much worse) and that I can get back to my regular yoga practice soon. In the meantime, I’m trying to take walks outside to clear my head when it isn’t 15 degrees out! Also, can we just talk about the fact that New England just went from 11 degrees F to 56 degrees F in one week?! My body is like WTF!! The 56 degree weather was quite the tease though. I wore my fall jacket. Sat OUTSIDE and ate lunch. Dreamed of a spring that is so close and yet so far. Made a smoothie for breakfast that was seasonally inspired and yet bright and colorful enough to vibe with the spring-like temps.Yes, my pomegranate ginger smoothie.
Pomegranates are in-season right now (October through Feb) and if you look in the refrigerated section of your produce aisle, you should be able to find pomegranate arils (seeds) so you can reap the benefits of the pom without all the labor of opening and deseeding one. Speaking of benefits, pomegranates are loaded with antioxidants, which can help protect against chronic disease. I love the ruby red color of pomegranate arils and their sweet-tart taste. The smoothie is rounded out with spicy ginger and tropical coconut. I use canned coconut milk in this recipe to give it a little more creaminess and a more indulgent, rich, satisfying taste.
Why You Need this Recipe In Your Life:
- Easy to make in under 5 minutes.
- Tastes sweet, spicy, tropical and decadent.
- Good-for-you fats
- Seasonal ingredients
- Reminds you of spring and 56 degree temps 🙂
This smoothie is perfectly satisfying as a snack. For breakfast, add a source of protein like Greek yogurt or protein powder for extra staying power.
- 1/2 cup pomegranate arils (seeds)
- 1/4 cup pomegranate juice
- 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
- 3 ice cubes
- 5 ounces canned coconut milk (approx 1/2 cup)
- Blend all ingredients together until smooth and creamy.
Tell me, are you in smoothie mode right now? Ever tried pomegranate in your smoothie?
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