Oh smoothies how I love thee. Let me count the ways! What can I say there is a special bond between elimination dieters with smoothies and juices. They are an easy meal that you can whip up really quickly. Bonus! They are filling. They can also be made with little to no regard to proportions or ingredients. This gives you lots of options for a delicious drink.
I love this particular recipe because it’s not stereotypical sweet like many smoothies are. The kiwis give it a nice tang that’s very distinctive to the fruit. As always here’s my substitution ideas for this tropical smoothie recipe so that you can align this one to your particular diet or tastes.
Swap Fruit: Any fruit can be switched out for the same amount of a different fruit.
Add some veggies: Want to green this one up a little? Add a handful of spinach or kale!
Water for Milk: You can by all means switch out the water used in the recipe for any type of milk. That includes non-dairy varieties. (Side note: If you’re on elimination it might be best to make your own nut milks. A lot of the non-dairy milks you find in the stores have a lot of gums or added ingredients that really aren’t necessary and could hurt your progress.)
This post comes with an expert cooking tip. How to seed a pomegranate! Sure you could buy the seeds in a cup if you’re into that sort of thing. But have you seen the price of those?! Ridiculous. Especially since getting the seeds out of a whole pomegranate is so easy. You will need:
- Medium sized bowl
- Large metal (or wooden) spoon
- Pomegranate (obviously)
Cut your pomegranate in half. Hold the pomegranate in one hand (non-dominant hand) over the bowl cut side down. In your other hand take the spoon. Here comes the fun part. Whack the crap out of the back of the pomegranate with the rounded side of the spoon. Just keep slightly turning the pomegranate and hitting it in different locations. The seeds will literally just fall out. The pomegranate in the photos has been seeded using this method. No more ripping tearing or picking out those little red jewels.
Note: If you don’t grab a big enough bowl this can get a little messy around the kitchen. You’ve been warned. But worst case you just have to pick up a seed or two here and there.
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- 2 kiwis, peeled
- 1/2 cup frozen mango chunks (I buy mine from Trader Joe's or you could make your own)
- 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
- 1/2 cup frozen banana slices (I make these myself when my bananas get a little too brown)
- 1 tbsp chia seeds (optional)
- 3/4 cup water
- Add all ingredients to blender. Blend until smooth.
- *Check recipe substitutions in post for other options