Thursday, August 7, 2014

POM Juice Blends Prize Pack #Giveaway...Featuring POM Hula-rific Smoothies

Staying hydrated is very important during the hottest part of the year…and August in Texas is definitely H-O-T! We keep cool and hydrated by drinking plenty of cold drinks. I prefer to stick with ice water and fruit-based beverages when possible. Today’s recipe for my POM Hula-rific Smoothies combines the best of both worlds: it’s refreshing, healthier than a milkshake…and it’s literally a tropical vacation in a glass! My friends at POM Wonderful recently sent me a trio of their POM Juice Blends to create a Summer blender treat to share with you. POM Juice Blends contain a light, refreshing blend of pomegranate and other juices. Juice Blends come in POM Mango (great for smoothies and mixed drinks), POM Coconut (a very hydrating blend), and POM Hula (blended with pineapple juice). All three 100% Juice Blends varieties taste great, but I especially love the POM Hula.

POM Hula Juice Blend contains 50% antioxidant-rich pomegranate juice, 30% tropical pineapple juice, and 20% apple juice. It’s flavor profile is a perfect balance between sweet and tart…making it a perfect starting point for my POM Hula-rific Smoothies. To maximize the tropical flavor of the juice, I added lowfat pineapple sherbet and a bit of cream of coconut. Chunks of frozen banana ensure that the end result is a thick and creamy smoothie. Even better, this smoothie is quick and easy to whip up…making it an easy afternoon snack or an on-the-go breakfast!

POM Hula-rific Smoothies
a Weekend Gourmet Original

Ingredients (for two smoothies):
  • 1.5 cups pineapple sherbet
  • 1 cup POM Hula Juice Blend
  • 2 tbs. cream of coconut
  • 1 medium peeled banana, cut into chunks and frozen
Step 1: Add the ingredients to a blender container in the order shown. Process on high speed until the banana is broken down and the smoothie is smooth and creamy.
Step 2: Pour the smoothie into two glasses -- wine glasses are especially fun!! -- and serve with  add fun straws. For an elegant look, feel free to garnish each smoothie with shredded coconut and/or pomegranate arils. Enjoy!
That’s it…in less than 5 minutes, you have a smoothie that’s refreshing, healthier than a fat-laden milkshake/malt, and very delicious! The sherbet I used only has 1 gram of fat per serving, but it provides tons of creaminess and just the right amount of sweetness. The POM Hula provides the perfect amount of tartness. Finally, the cream of coconut and banana are perfect tropical additions to this smoothie. One sip and you’ll swear you’re relaxing on a tropical beach! So…who wants to win some POM Juice Blends to create my smoothie in your own kitchen?

POM Wonderful is giving one of my readers a month’s supply of these delicious POM Juice Blends! The prize pack includes the following: (1) two 12-ounce bottles of each POM Juice Blends  variety, (2) two 48-ounce family-size bottles of each variety, and (3) a handy POM Blends tote that’s perfect for toting all your picnic or tailgating supplies. What are you waiting for?!?!? To enter, follow the directions in the Raffflecopter below. I’ll accept entries until 1159 p.m. on Sunday,  August 10th. The winner will be notified via e-mail the following day. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure: POM Wonderful provided me with a variety pack of their Juice Blends to facilitate recipe development. I received no further compensation, and all opinions expressed are my own.

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