I figured since it’s Friday, we’d actually get something to EAT today! (Or drink rather, but you get the idea. It goes in your mouth, not on your head or face :) And a smoothie sounded rather spa-ish, wouldn’t you agree? When I asked you to tell me your favorite flavor/scent from Southern Alchemy the blackberry pomegranate came up over and over again. So I thought this smoothie would be perfect since you could easily substitute blackberries for the blueberries.

Now I’m about to say something that could possibly have me stoned by snooty foodies across the blogoshpehere, I don’t really enjoy drinking pomegranate juice. I want to like it because it is SO good for you (more on that in a minute) but I just don’t. I find it strangely over sweet but bitter at the same time. I keep trying to like it because it’s so uber-trendy right now, but I just don’t. However, I found that I LOVE it in smoothies. The flavors blend perfectly with other fruits. The sweetness balances and the bitter tartness compliments it. It adds great flavor while power-packing your smoothie with good-for-you nutrients. So if you’re like me and aren’t too fond of the juice on its own- try it in a smoothie. Chances are it will wow you! Here’s why this is so great.

POM Wonderful Juice: POM Wonderful is well known for its anti-oxidant power. If you hear that all the time and don’t have a clue what it means then this very simple definition is for you: Antioxidants are nature’s way of fighting off potentially harmful molecules in our bodies called free radicals. Free radicals = bad, Antioxidants = awesome. POM Wonderful has more naturally occurring antioxidants than just about anything. In addition to being an antioxidant super power, POM juice is clinically proven to improve both cardiovascular and prostate health. And get this boys (Ya, we know you’re reading- even during spa week…) It’s also been proven to increase erectile function. So there ya have it. Girls go slip your man some POM every morning and see what happens! haha. In all seriousness though, this stuff is wicked good for ya. See here for all kinds of facts.

Blueberries: Blueberries are another antioxidant super power. In addition to that, they’re high in vitamin C and E and science supports that they are beneficial for anti-aging, especially with memory skills and motor function. Plus they are super cute and they taste good :) Here’s some great blueberry facts.

Oranges: Just one orange provides over 100% of your daily vitamin C needs, helping boost your immune system and fight off nasty things like colds. They are also a great source of fiber and help prevent cardiovascular disease. Don’t believe me? See here.

Strawberries: I mostly included strawberries in this smoothie because they taste yummy, but did you know that 1 cup of strawberries has more vitamin C than an orange? They’re also rich in (just guess) antioxidants and have tons of other beneficial phytonutrients. Really, they do.

So that’s why this smoothie isn’t just delicious, it’s doing GREAT things for your body! Don’t you love it when something tastes good and is good for you? Make one up and sip it while you give yourself a facial.


Blueberry-Pomegranate Smoothie

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8oz pomegranate juice*
1/2 C frozen blueberries
1/2 C roughly chopped strawberries (3-4 berries)
1/2 orange, peeled
1 C crushed ice
optional: honey

*If you need to substitute, you could use cranberry juice or concord grape juice, both of which have a lot of health benefits.

Place all ingredients into a blender in the order listed. Process until smooth. If it’s too tart for your liking, add a drizzle of honey!


This makes about 16 oz (a little more actually), so it’s perfect to share. I make it in the morning and I pour half of it right back into the cute POM bottle with a straw for my toddler. He thinks it’s the coolest thing ever.


Perfect accompaniment to any breakfast. Or actually, any time. I call it a smoothie, but it’s really just a slushy fruity drink, so who says it has to be breakfast? Put it in a fancy glass and you’ll feel fancy all day. Or at least for a few minutes until some small person wipes snot on you.



So how have you all liked spa week?? I hope you get some time to pamper yourselves! We already have another great theme week in the works, so it will be popping up some time in the near future.

Now if you haven’t entered the great spa giveaway, do it now! Today is your last day. I’m going to pick a number tonight (whenever I feel like going to bed) and it will be posted in the morning- along with a little bonus. Check back to see if it’s you!

Other Spa in the Kitchen Features:
Facials
Sugar Scrubs
Hair Treatments

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  1. 1
    PULN7GS says:

    smoothies are our favorites- i always make something different- what ever juice/fruit we have in the house- they always tell me the current one is the best one they’ve ever had- i think that is so i will keep making them. i will try this one (with the specific instructions) i bet it will get rated as the best ever!

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    Kristi says:

    YUM!

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    roxanne says:

    Delicious! This has been a great week.

  4. 4
    Em says:

    This sounds really yummy. I’ve been on a smoothie kick lately, so I’ll have to give it a try!

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    Emily says:

    You are awesome, Sara – the POM description is my favorite!!!

    The pictures look spectacular – as always. I really can’t wait to beat the heat with (guzzle) one of these. TODAY!

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    Tashva says:

    So last night I gave myself a spa night… I did the oatmeal facial (with honey, though), the hair superfood (as well as the vinegar wash), and the sugar scrub.

    The sugar scrub is to die for. I loved how it felt, how the oil made my skin soft, and how I smelled faintly of cloves afterward.

    And today maybe I’ll have to reward myself with this!

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    zoe says:

    I want this sooo bad right now! Awesome smoothie recipe.

  8. 8
    Wehrle says:

    Yummy!! I have LOVED spa week! My Young Women want to do a a spa night, I think we will use lots of these ideas!! Thanks!

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    Katrina says:

    Spa week was the best! (not that everything else isn’t the best too . . . Ü) These recipes are for sure going in the miscellaneous file in my cookbook!

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    Steph says:

    Great way to finish up the week. Plus, I’ve been on a smoothie kick for several days too :)

  11. 11
    Jennifer says:

    This sounds really good. I just got some fresh blueberries from the store last night!!

  12. 12
    Kara says:

    This smoothie looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it!

  13. 13
    Cami says:

    This looks and sounds amazing! Can’t wait to try it!!!

  14. 14
    Emily says:

    Wow, that looks so good and refreshing. It would be perfect for the warm day we’re supposed to have today. I just might have to go get those ingredients :)

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    Travis and Melissa says:

    That sounds so good!!

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    Owens D.C. says:

    Do you think one day when your site becomes a household name that you’ll do a give away on a blendtec blender :) Oh one could wish, right? I’ll have to try it and my hubby drinks the POM juice like it’s going out of style.

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    Lindsey Alexander says:

    I’m not a big fan of the juice either, but everything’s better in a smoothie :)

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    OREGON SOUTHWORTHS says:

    Oh, yum! I am actually enjoying a fruit smoothie right now. I love them, but am always a little hesitant to go beyond my frozen strawberries, banana and orange juice combo just because I know it works so well. Now I have a new recipe to try! And I like the idea of sharing with your toddler, mine always likes little sips as well.

    Oh, and regarding the whole pomegranate juice thing… I’ve found that I really like it in the Ocean Spray Ruby Red/Pomegranate combo but not so much the Cranberry/Pomegranate combo – and I really like cranberry juice. Weird, but I know what you mean. (This comment is now far too long!)
    - Jennifer

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    Nathaly says:

    I can’t wait to try this. And your pictures are looking awesome! I LOVE that lens.

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    Erin says:

    This smoothie looks so good!

    Thank you for putting so much work into this spa week. It has been really fun learning about the benefits of these ingredients, and I will definitely be doing one (or two or three or…) of these recipes very soon!

  22. 22
    J says:

    What a fun, and Yummy, way to finish off the spa treatments from this week. Thanks for all of the great information and recipes. I am excited to try this smoothy!

  23. 23
    Tricia says:

    I made Bryan go to Sam’s Club last night and get me berries for a smoothie, I thought cravings ended when you had your baby. . . this smoothie looks yummy!

  24. 24
    Jenna says:

    Sounds delicious!!

  25. 25
    stephchows says:

    I’m a huge POM fan and your smoothie looks delicious! Thanks for visiting, can’t wait to check out your archives!

  26. 26
    The Keith Family says:

    What a fun week! I love smoothies and like to put yogurt in them to add some creaminess. I bet it would taste good in here.

  27. 27
    John, Kara, Andrew and Grant says:

    I like that it’s a smoothie without yogurt…I’m not a yogurt fan at all. This sounds really good though.

  28. 28
    Jon and Sarah says:

    I’m off to the store now to grab the ingredients. It will hit the spot.

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    Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer says:

    Just made a smoothie yesterday with POM using Chocolate protein powder and frozen bananas and pineapple – WOW it was incredible!! The POM adds so much to it!

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    MommytoTommy says:

    Oh my gosh! I’m drooling over here!! Sounds DELISH!

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    Christina says:

    You’ve got me salivating!! Yum!!! Perfect for the hot summer days!

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    Erika says:

    Looks delicious!

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    Lund Family says:

    This could be the best smoothie ever. Even though I haven’t tried it i can already tell it is going to be yummy! I can’t wait to get all the ingredients for it.

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    Britanie says:

    We’ve been doing “cleanse” smoothies at our house lately, this will be a fun change to our usual mix of berries and juice. Thanks Sara!

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    The Siple Family says:

    That looks yummy!

  36. 36
    Angela says:

    Oh, I love this. It makes me want to get my sister together and have a girls only weekend. Thank You

  37. 37
    Lindsay says:

    I love smoothies and this looks great! Thanks for the idea of pouring it back into the POM bottle for toddlers–mine will love it, I’m sure. And then they’ll wipe snot on me. :)

  38. 38
    The Wifey says:

    Mmmmm…delicious! And I think I like looking at your pics more than reading about the food. LOL.

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    Victoria says:

    This looks delicious… I have loved your spa week posts. I am taking a raincheck on everything because MY week has been anything BUT a spa week. From an unexpected funeral, to getting sick, to having a wedding to cater tomorrow. But next week I have set a goal to try at least two of your spa week goodies:) Thanks so much!
    —Victoria

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    Linda says:

    Love poms…this looks so good. I am going to try it this week!

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    Ramsey says:

    That looks awesome!! Thanks for doing spa week. I loved it! :)

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    Heidi says:

    This sounds so yummy! My boys and I have a smoothie at least once a week for breakfast and we’re definitely going to have to try this!

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    Brya says:

    I’m going toput this in my yum, yum, give me some category.

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    TreeTurtle says:

    I love the flavor of pomegranate. Hope your soul searching journey to pomegranate affection succeeds!.

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    gigi says:

    I’ll add this one to my list for sure! YUM!

  46. 46
    Clumbsy Cookie says:

    I’ve been drinking so mant smoothies lately and always searching for new ones! I’m sure this one is great, and what a lovely color it has!!!

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    Jessica says:

    sounds so yummy! i wish i had a blender so i could make one!

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    Katie Tyler says:

    I love smoothies- one trick I learned is if you take frozen fruit and defrost it just a little, it will release more of the juices, but still maintain the frozen aspect you need to make the drink cold. :)

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    JenniferL. says:

    I just ran across this recipe yesterday, it looks so good, I ran right to the grocery to get the ingredients. However I cannot find the POM juice, any other suggestions of what to use. I am one of those people who follow a recipe to the letter!

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    Sara @ Our Best Bites says:

    Jennifer- you might find POM juice in a refrigerated section of your grocery store. But if you still have no luck, go with cranberry juice. It has a similar tartness to it, and also the health benefits so it makes a great substitution.

  51. 51
    JenniferL. says:

    Thank you! and I just went back and looked at the recipe again and it clearly says what to substitute, I guess I should learn to read better, HA!

  52. 52
    Mommy's Life Makeover says:

    Just wanted to let you know that I featured you over at Mommy's Life Makeover! Thanks for the awesome recipes!!!

    http://mommyslifemakeover.blogspot.com/

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    lyn says:

    This pregnant woman’s dream: yummy, cold and healthy! Thanks!

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    Kelli says:

    I have been looking for new smoothie recipes lately and I even checked your site, (because you have the best recipes anywhere)but I didn’t see this one until I was looking at the facials page and noticed the link at the top! I’m way excited to try this one out! Thanks!

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    Kelly Ramirez says:

    This seems really good. And I love POM juice! This is perfect for me.

  56. 56

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    Cheeta says:

    Great smoothie recipe! I woke up this morning to find out I had no rice milk to make my usual smoothies but after typing in my ingredients I came across your recipe. Crisis adverted! I’m definitely going to alternate more now so I can incorporate my pomegranate juice into breakfast. I cut out the ice though as it’s rather cold this morning!

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