Sunday, January 17, 2010

Recipe: POM Berry Smoothie Pops + Giveaway!

It's been awhile since I've posted any frozen confections on ye olde blog. I'm not sure if I've mentioned this in the past but I'm one of those crazy folks that loves all sorts of frozen treats during illogical times like a cold, rainy winter. I'd been toying around with some ideas when I was serendipitously contacted by the fine folks at POM Wonderful, wondering if I'd be interested in sampling their products. Pomegranates being one of my favorite fruits and POM Wonderful doing the best job at bringing real PJ to the masses, I jumped at the opportunity to have some. Pomegranate juice is an amazing multitasker that one can not only drink for one's health but use in countless recipes as well. (And after the recipe I'll tell you how you can win some POM Wonderful of your own!)

Because I've been buckling down since December and making sure I do two things that do wonders in terms of any weight loss endeavors - exercising daily and eating breakfast - I thought I'd start off my PJ consumption with a very simple smoothie recipe to help rejuvenate me after a Pilates or Yoga session. Growing up going to Colombia almost every summer, I got used to having fresh fruit juices and shakes, so a good fruit smoothie is very near & dear to my heart. The problem with most smoothies is that after all is said and done, you could easily consume anywhere from 250-500 calories in one fell swoop, depending on size. I should know; I gained a lot of weight on my daily 24 oz. Jamba Juices when I was in college, not taking into account that my "healthy" drink was super full of extra calories! So nowadays when I have a fruit smoothie, I make sure it's of a smallish nature (12-16 oz) and only a couple of times a week. My other problem with smoothies is that, unless you have a loaded gift card from your favorite smoothie shop, it's not the most economical meal or snack you could have. That bugs me (well, not me; my wallet). Like the daily latte that can take a lot of one's disposable income, so can the daily smoothie at $3-5 a pop.

So how'd you fix this for yourself, Poor Girl? Easy! I make one giant smoothie and use it to make smoothie pops. I can usually get at least 6 popsicles out of a 24 oz. smoothie (depending on how much I have for "quality control"), dropping the calories of my snack from 400-ish to 65-ish and my cost per snack from $4.75 to about $0.80 or so. And of course, they last longer, stretching out the value of all those fun, not-so-cheap ingredients like fruits, juices, and the occasional protein booster. These make great after-workout snacks, breakfasts-on-the-go, or a lighter, healthier dessert than an ice cream sandwich. And because it's filled with berries and pomegranate juice, these popsicles are packed with Vitamins A & C and other antioxidants, so you can feel good about indulging in this little treat. Let's look at the recipe before moving on to the contest!

POM Berry Smoothie Pops (makes 1 24-30 oz. smoothie or 6 popsicles; total cost of recipe: ~ $4.25)

8 oz. POM Wonderful Pomegranate Juice
1/2 c frozen mixed berries
1/2 c plain nonfat yogurt
2 T honey (optional)
2 T soy protein powder (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a blender (or if you don't have one, use a sturdy plastic glass & an immersion blender) and puree until completely smooth. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze for at least 2 hours. When they're ready, run cold water on the mold to loosen your popsicle and enjoy!

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Of course, this was just one uber easy way to make use of such an amazingly versatile juice, so please don't feel bound to adding this to smoothies for the rest of eternity. Pomegranate juice can be used in a variety of different ways, from desserts to soups to salad dressings to random dipping sauces, the latter of which will be making an appearance on PGEW very soon so stay tuned for that.

Anyway, because I got so many little bottles of this deliciously tart, ridiculously healthy juice, I decided to share some with you fine folks! Sure, I could find a zillion ways to use all this juice but I'd rather see what you all can do with it, too. So, for my first contest of 2010, I'm giving away 4 bottles of POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice to 4 lucky winners!

To enter, simply leave a comment here on the blog about how you have used/would use pomegranate juice in a recipe (don't worry if you've never cooked with it; that's a perfectly valid comment!). You can earn bonus entries by tweeting about the contest: "RT Win a bottle of POM Wonderful Pomegranate Juice from @PoorGrlEatsWell!" and emailing me at poorgirleatswell [at] gmail [dot] com that you have done so. Facebook fans can also earn bonus entries by posting a different pomegranate use comment on the Facebook fanpage. That's all there is to it! I'll be announcing the lucky winners on Saturday, January 23rd.

(NOTE: to be considered as a valid entrant, please refrain from going "Anonymous" here on the blog as I'll have no idea who you are! Thank you!)

Good luck, everyone! :)

26 comments:

  1. Hi!
    I'd love to try it with a little bit of vinegar and oil as a pork marinade.
    Maybe serve the pork over some lightly wilted spinach and wild rice?

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  2. I love it thickened into a syrup and drizzled over pork, chicken or (my favorite) goat cheese.

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  3. I'm a dark chocoholic, and I think a pomegranate syrup or glaze over dark chocolate cake or even a chocolate mousse would be great. Plus it's an antioxidant 1-2 punch.

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  4. I would try a pomegranate agar agar gelatin snack/desert.

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  5. I use POM in smoothies myself!!
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    Barbara
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  6. I made a pomegranate cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving last year, using pomegranate juice as well as pom seeds, which added a nice texture.

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  7. I would use it in a salad dressing. and smoothies for my kids

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  8. I'd probably use it in a protein shake.

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  9. I'm thinking pom-juice, some soy sauce, ginger and honey. Marinate with a flank steak....or maybe chicken kabobs! Wondering if it would make a nice Asian-type-ish dressing with some almonds, crunchy noodles, carrots and lettuce blends. Got me thinkin'!

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  10. I love this smoothie recipe! I would add some juice to a simple syrup mixture for some cocktails - some lemon vodka, pomegranate simple syrup, and a twist of lime. Mmm!

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  11. I've never used it but I have kind of been wondering if it is something I could use with a duck I have been saving for that special occassion...it's been sitting in my freezer for two months now waiting for the perfect unorthodox recipe. And right next to it is a container of harvested pom. seeds, so if you have any suggestions, please let me know!

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  12. I think it would be wonderful thickened and drizzled over a nice piece of brie as an appetizer.

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  13. I would really like to try it to make a chutney with it, perhaps pear and cranberry

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  14. I have made a pomegranate curry - with POM juice! It was yummy....

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  15. I would of course have to make something baked with it!

    Cupcakes, Mochi... the possibilities are endless.

    I'm particularly thinking of using it in a pineapple/date cream cheese frosting.

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  16. I like it with vodka and 7-up

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  17. I'd probably try POM in a muffin recipe. Yummy.

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  18. I think it would make an excellent salad dressing on a salad with spinach, walnuts and feta cheese. Also an ingredient for topping ice cream, yum! katklaw777 at yahoo dot com Wonderful giveaway, thanks.

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  19. With champagne and a twist for a brunch treat!

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  20. POM juice never lasts long enough for me to cook with it. It's so good!

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  21. Great drink recipe: Rosemary syrup (fresh rosemary, sugar, water), mix in some POM & add to a glass of champagne!

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  22. I'd try making a smoothie using pom, frozen cherries and orange juice

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  23. Thanks very much for this contest! As a poor student, your blog helps educate me very much and I'm no longer banished to boring eating.

    I would use the pomegranate juice and make sherbet. It would be a nice light dessert to serve to dinner guests. :)

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  24. I'd use it in a smoothie! I heard that's really good!

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  25. Am not here for the giveaway :)

    Just wanted to say that that popsicle looks mighty fine!

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