All you need are just four different kinds of fruits – mango, pomegranate, banana, and orange – to make this All-Fruit Mango-Pomegranate Smoothie. Its runner-up name was “Winter Sunshine Smoothie,” because to me it tastes like sunshine in a glass.
Sunshine in a glass is totally necessary right now. It’s not just that we’re knee-deep in the gray of winter, but my family is recovering from a particularly frigid trip to Disneyland. The day we arrived, temps were hovering in the 30s with strong gusts and pelting rain. This was Southern California?! Later in the trip, the sun came out, but things never really heated up like we’d expected. Until the instant our plane took off for home, at which point I think 70 might have been reached. Of course.
We were stubborn, though, and we still swam in the hotel pool while we were there. Brrrrr. And – possibly related but probably not – we all subsequently came down with colds.
So this smoothie is doubly awesome for us right now. We’re at least getting our sunshine in liquid form, and a germ-fighting vitamin C boost, to boot.
I love the unfussy nature of this smoothie. I always have frozen mango cubes in my freezer – I stock up at Costco or Trader Joe’s. They taste incredible in smoothies, plus they make the things ice cold without having to freeze your banana or add ice cube. The banana, combined with orange juice – freshly squeezed or not – makes for a nice, creamy base. And then pomegranates arils add that signature tart flavor and a nice sunny pink hue.
If the sunshine doesn’t come to you, sometimes you gotta make your own.
All-Fruit Mango-Pomegranate Smoothie
- 1/2 cup orange juice (from approx. 1 medium orange or use bottled orange juice)
- 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
- 3/4 cup frozen mango chunks
- 1 medium banana
- Place all ingredients in a high-powered blender and puree until completely smooth. Pour into a glass and serve with a wide-mouth straw.