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29 Aug



Smoothies are blended beverages that are often mixed with fresh fruit, crushed or shaved ice, frozen fruit, or other fruit juices. Smoothies usually do not contain ice cream (that’s what milk shakes are for). Smoothies date back to the 1960s when they were offered as healthy alternatives to milk shakes but it wasn’t until the 1990s that they began to really catch on. Stephen Kuhnau, founder of Smoothie King, the second largest smoothie franchise in the US, claims to have coined the term “smoothie” in the late 1960s though a company named Waring made a blender in the 1940s that had an accompanying booklet publishing recipes for “smoothees”. 

This smoothie recipe offers a tropical taste, perfect for summers.


makes 2 large glasses


  • 2 whole frozen ripe bananas
  • 1 large cup vanilla yoghurt
  • 1/2 cup – fresh pomegranate juice
  • 2 tsp- pomegranate seeds for garnish
  • 1 cup chilled milk



Take the peel from 2 ripe bananas, cut into thick circles and freeze for at least 2 hrs. Peel and deseed two fresh pomegranate, grind in a mixer and extract the juice. Keep aside.

If you already have frozen bananas, proceed to the next step.  (you can use fresh bananas too but frozen bananas taste like icecream when blended). Put the Bananas, yogurt and juice in a blender. Blend on high until smooth (roughly 60 to 90 seconds).Add chilled milk and blend again for 60 sec more. Smoothies are usually in thick,creamy consistency but add a cup of water, if its too thick for your taste. Garnish with fresh pomegranate seeds. You can add sweetening but it really is delicious without it. A great breakfast-on-the go to enjoy before you kick start your busy day.The kids will love it – it tastes like a…….oh ! so icecremish !!!


The pomegranate has been mentioned in the Quran in three places. – SOURCE

The references can be found in these verses –

  • “We bring forth the green blade from, which we bring forth the thick clustered grain; and from the date palm, from the pollen thereof, spring pendant bunches; and (We bring forth) gardens of grapes, and the olive and the pomegranate, alike and unlike.”[Surah vi,Verse 99]
  • “He it is Who produceth gardens trellised and untrellised, and the date palm, and crops of divers flavor, and the olive and the pomegranate , like and unlike. “Surah vi,Verse 141]
  • “Wherein is fruit, the date palm and pomegranate .Which is it, of the favors of your Lord, that ye deny?” [Surah LV ,Verse 68]
  • There are also a number of hadith on the Pomegranate;
  • “There is not a pomegranate which does not have a pip from one of the pomegranate of the Garden(of Jannah) in it.”[Abu Nu’aim]
  • “Pomegranate and its rind strengthen digestion (stomach).”
  • [narrated Ali(radhiyallahu anhu), Abu Nuaim, Al-Jozi]

The pomegranate is a nutrient dense food source rich in phytochemical compounds. Pomegranates contain high levels of flavonoids and polyphenols, potent antioxidants offering protection against heart disease and cancer. A glass of pomegranate juice has more antioxidants than , green tea, blueberries, and cranberries. It is rich source of soluble and insoluble dietary fibers, providing about 4 g per 100 g (about 12% of RDA), which aid in smooth digestive and bowel movements. The fruit is suggested by nutritionists in the diet for weight reduction and cholesterol controlling programs. Regular inclusion of fruits in the diets boosts immunity, improves circulation, and offers protection from cancers.



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