With our Scream Queens Blood Red Smoothie, we pay homage to the iconic heroines who so often met bloody fates in horror movies and thrillers. The color alone makes this the perfect Halloween smoothie to sip while contemplating whether you’d rather dress up as Carrie or Sarah Michelle Gellar’s homecoming queen character from I Know What You Did Last Summer. Plus, ingredients like raspberries, rhubarb, and pomegranate juice offer up a multitude of health benefits. Whether you’re fleeing from a deranged villain or just trying to make it to multiple costume parties in the same night, this truly killer smoothie will keep you going strong.
Ready In: 5 minutes
1 cup strawberries, frozen
1/2 cup raspberries, frozen
1 stalk rhubarb
1/2 cup pomegranate juice
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon ground ginger
Measure out 1/2 cup of frozen raspberries and 1 cup of frozen strawberries and add to your blender or food processor.
Add 1 stalk of rhubarb.
Pour in 1/2 cup of pomegranate juice.
Drizzle 2 tablespoons of honey on top of the other ingredients.
Finish by dusting on a teaspoon of ground ginger.
Blend until well-combined (the rhubarb, being fibrous, will take the longest).
Drink this raspberry smoothie at home or while on the go.
Raspberries and strawberries: ongoing scientific studies show that a phytonutrient found in raspberries called rheosmin (or raspberry ketone) can decrease your risk of obesity and weight gain by increasing enzyme activity, oxygen consumption, and heat production in certain kinds of fat cells. Strawberries can help lower blood pressure.
Rhubarb: contains a significant portion of your daily recommended dose of vitamin K, which you need to keep your bones strong and to safeguard your brain cells—a task this vitamin does so well, there’s some evidence it can prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
Pomegranate juice: this vibrant, bright red juice is a rich source of polyphenols, compounds that work in at least three ways to fight cancer: they stop cancer cells from spreading, spark off cancer cell death, and reduce inflammation.
Honey: is a time-tested and science-backed way to kill off colds. Honey is a potent antibacterial remedy that prevents sickness-causing pathogens from multiplying and can make other treatments more effective.
Ginger: the spicy, fresh smell and taste of ginger come from its natural oils, including its primary bioactive compound, gingerol. Studies indicate that gingerol is the source of many of the spice’s medicinal properties, including its robust anti-inflammatory and antioxidant capacity.