Banana Blueberry Pomegranate Smoothie Treats Macular Degeneration


This drink sneaks in a lot of bang for the buck—carotenoids from the kale, lutein from the blueberries, vitamin C from the pomegranate juice, and potassium from the bananas, plus fiber.

Serves 2

•    1 ripe banana
•    2 kale leaves, stems removed
•    1 cup blueberries
•    2 cups pomegranate juice
•    1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice

Combine all the ingredients in a blender and purée until smooth, about 45 to 60 seconds.
Chill briefly if desired. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Profile
Serving Size: 2 cups
Calories: 262
Protein: 4 g
Fiber: 5 g
Fat: 1 g
Saturated fat: less than 1 g
Sodium: 33 mg
Vitamin A: 7,808 IU
Vitamin C: 135 mg
Vitamin E: 2 IU
Zinc: 1 mg
Beta-carotene: 4,677 μg
Lutein and zeaxanthin: 19,946 μg

Credit line: Recipe from Eat Right For Your Sight: Simple Tasty Recipes That Help Reduce the Risk of Vision Loss from Macular Degeneration,  BY JENNIFER TRAINER THOMPSON AND JOHANNA M. SEDDON, MD copyright © American Macular Degeneration Foundation, 2014. Reprinted by permission of the publisher, The Experiment. Available wherever books are sold.