Need a pick me up full of antioxidants, vitamins, fiber and low on sugar? This pomegranate strawberry juice with kale is easy to throw together! Find more of my pomegranate recipes.
It’s May and that means it’s National Strawberry Month. I received a boat-load of strawberries after my farm tour to an Oxnard strawberry farm and the family has been having a blast enjoying these delicious strawberries.
We eat them straight up, with cereal, with ice cream… with ANYTHING. I decided I needed a pick-me-up to get my health and energy back in-line. And what else did I have my fridge? Pomegranate juice and kale. Hmmmmm….
Is strawberry juice a thing?
If you have ever taken a bite into a big strawberry, you’ve probably had strawberry juice dribble down your chin. So yes, strawberry juice is a thing. The main reason we don’t see bottles of pure strawberry juice in the grocery stores is that it takes a whole lot of strawberries to produce a glass of juice.
Now if you want to make strawberry juice at home, you can certainly do so. Simply put your strawberries in a blender until it is all puréed and smooth. Pour it through a fine mesh sieve to remove the pulp and seeds. And what you are left with is pure strawberry juice. You can additional sugar if you want, but if the sugars are sweet, no more sugar is needed.
Is this a drink or smoothie?
But for me, the thought of tossing out the wonderful pulp of the strawberry out was blasphemy. So for this strawberry drink, I simply put all three ingredients in the blender and YUMMO! So good! I get my kale in raw (it’s a bit rough for me to eat in a salad) and I get all the nutritional benefits of all three power ingredients.
I could end the post with this, but that would be dull. What really hung me was what to name this thing. Is this a smoothie without the milk? Is it a slushee? What kind of strawberry drink did I come up with? So, I did a little research and found these definitions:
ade: fruit drink: a sweetened beverage of diluted fruit juice.
cooler: a tall drink, consisting of liquor, soda, and a fruit garnish.
slushy: a flavored frozen drink.
slurpee: a flavored frozen drink sold at 7-Eleven.
smoothie: a thick, smooth drink of fresh fruit puréed with milk, yogurt, or ice cream.
mocktail: non-alcoholic versions of alcoholic beverages.
juice: the liquid obtained from or present in fruit or vegetables.
spritzer: wine and soda water mixed.
punch: punch is the term for a wide assortment of drinks, both non-alcoholic and alcoholic, generally containing fruit or fruit juice
Ingredients you need
- Strawberries: You can use fresh or frozen strawberries for this drink.
- Kale: Why not throw something nutritious in your drink? You can skip this or substitute with spinach or chard.
- Pomegranate juice: Antioxidant rich pomegranate juice keeps all of this together.
Just throw it all in a blender and you’re good to go!
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Pomegranate Strawberry Juice with Kale
Need a pick me up full of antioxidants, vitamins, fiber and low on sugar? This pomegranate strawberry drink with kale is easy to throw together!
- 1 cup pomegranate juice
- 6 oz strawberries, hulls removed
- 1 cup loosely packed kale
- In a blender combine ingredients and blend until smooth, about 2 minutes.
- Divide into two glasses and serve.
Cooking Tips: Feel free to adjust the amount of kale. I grabbed a heaping handful and threw them in the blender.
You can also spike your drink with vodka, tequila or rum.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 113Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 27mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 3gSugar: 21gProtein: 2g
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Hmmmm, put it in the noggin computer and out pops “Antioxidant Power Punch” ! It looks delish and I’m going to try it soon.
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Kale in a drink! That’s something I gotta try one day. Your healthy meals and drinks inspire me, Laura! I gained 2-3 lbs lately because of no exercise (got busier…). Beautiful shot of cooler!
This looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it out. As for the name… How about “Strawberry Kale Pomegran-ade”? I can still tell what the main ingredients are, but you can tell that you are playing with straight up fruit & veggie flavours (insert “yo” as needed).
Ha! I love the catchy title and most importantly how delicious and healthy this cooler thingie looks 😉
Love it and it’s healthy…loaded with my favorite fruit – strawberries! Your picture makes me want to lick the screen. Thanks!
I’m giggling at the name, but I absolutely love it. Yes, I often run into the same naming problem. I’ve paired strawberries and pomegranate but never added kale to either. Your cooler thingie is gorgeous and sounds so so good. Thanks for sharing Laura!
National strawberry month is something to celebrate! Pretty cooler.
Need to make this.. We have so much kale in the garden we dont know what to do with it anymore!!!
I love that it isn’t brown, the color combo I usually end up with – working on a name for you…
I know! I was a little nervous, but was so glad it turned out pretty. And it kept well in the fridge. I made a big batch and drank it over the course of 3-4 days.
I think you always have Pomegranate juice in your refrigerator! Try chopping your kale finely sometime (“shaving” it) and it works fine in a salad – although of course it takes a bit of work. Much easier to make a terrific smoothie like this! Good stuff – thanks.
ha! ha! ha! John, you are so right!!! Between the pomegranate juice and the pomegranate concentrate, we manage to survive until the fall to get our pomegranates FRESH!