Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend Smoothie

by mary on June 14, 2012

Townsend Farms blend smoothie in a glass with a mix of fruit nearby on the table

Smoothie with Townsend Farms blend plus a few extras

5/31/13 update: This product has been linked to Hepatitis A cases in California and Colorado. The FDA is investigating and Costco has removed the product from its shelves, though a formal recall has not been issued.

4/22/14 update: The replacement product (no pomegranate) is Townsend Farms Triple Berry Blend. For a Costco frozen berry product with pomegranate, there is now Sunrise Farms Organic Oxidant Blend.

I’ve been working on a good smoothie that uses pomegranate. In my experiments so far I haven’t liked the texture that pomegranate juice gives smoothies, so I realized I’d have to use whole pomegranate arils. But I’m too impatient first thing in the morning to seed a pomegranate for my breakfast smoothie, and too cheap to buy the fresh arils already prepared.

So I was thrilled to find this organic frozen blend from Northwest-based Townsend Farms with pomegranate, dark sweet cherries, raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries. It’s from Costco, and it’s $9.99 for a three-pound bag. Considering that organic cherries and pomegranates are both expensive ingredients, it’s a good price.

Pomegranates, cherries, and raspberries are all pretty tart, but I don’t like to add sugar to a smoothie. Bananas would add sweetness, but I didn’t want to add their strong flavor. I also wanted to keep the dark purple color of the berry/pomegranate blend.

So I added strawberries and a little bit of watermelon. That gives the smoothie just enough sweetness without changing the color or the flavor too much.

Let me know how you like it!

bag of Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend with illustration of cherries, pomegranates, strawberry, raspberries, and blueberries

Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend

 

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Townsend Farms Organic Blend Smoothie
 
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Recipe type: smoothie
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • ⅔ cup strawberries
  • 1 cup Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend
  • 1 cup plain unsweetened soy or other milk
  • ½ cup fresh cubed watermelon
Instructions
  1. Add first three ingredients to blender, blend.
  2. The pomegranate arils are fibrous and so are the seeds of the raspberries, so you will need to blend the smoothie at your blender's highest speed. Begin at a low speed but gradually increase the speed up to the highest setting.
  3. Taste. You may like it this way (on the tangy side) or you may want additional sweetness. In which case add the watermelon and blend again.
  4. Enjoy!

 

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the wicked noodle June 15, 2012 at 3:14 pm

I’m going to try this! I’ve never had a smoothie with pomegranate but it sounds awesome. Plus I love to buy frozen fruit at Costco and I haven’t tried this kind!
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mary September 10, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Thanks, Kristy, and thanks for stopping by!

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Ivy June 16, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Looks delicious and full of antioxidants!
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mary September 10, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Thanks, Ivy!

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TastefullyJulie June 17, 2012 at 3:33 pm

I’m loving your smoothies lately. They look soooo good!
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mary June 17, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Thank you, Julie, I just made a pineapple/young coconut smoothie to start off my husband’s Father’s Day. I do need to work on some smoothie recipes with ingredients that are easier to find so my friends who are not near a Costco, Asian grocery store, etc. can make them.

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Debbie Christofferson September 18, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Also at Costco, I bought this blend of raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, cherries and pomegranate. I tried the berry blend before that did not include cherries or pomegranates. It was too seedey–those blackberries.

This one is worse, the pomegrante pieces are chopped up–like almond slivers, but not chewable. Instead they are like little sticks of wood, none I plan to chew up or swallow. When I made my first smoothie, I couldn’t figure out what that was, but it was aweful. I don’t care what it tastes like, eating sticks of wood–or just swallowing them–is not on my eating agenda, anti-oxidants or not. This is a gross product and I can’t believe anyone returns to buy it a second time. I won’t.

Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend Smoothie

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mary September 18, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Hi Debbie, thanks for commenting. It is true that when you make a smoothie with blackberries there are still blackberry seeds in it, it does not become completely smooth. This blend doesn’t have the blackberries but it does have raspberries and whole pomegranate arils, neither of which become completely smooth in a a smoothie. I have a Vitamix, so I think it’s getting the smoothie as well-blended as possible. But there are still raspberry seeds and flecks of pomegranate in it. That doesn’t bother me, but I understand how it could bother you. And perhaps your blender is not doing as good of a job. Maybe you could put your smoothie through a strainer bag, like people do when they use a blender for juicing, and filter out the fiber that is bothering you.

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Michelle March 13, 2013 at 8:30 pm

What about the Cherry Pits/Stones are they included in this Frozen Mix? The bag I bought does not mention if they are or not that I can see. I have tasted a few of them and it appears they are not, but wouldn’t want to take the chance as I have read they are poisonous. Anyone know if they are included or not for sure?

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mary March 14, 2013 at 4:43 am

I’m sure the cherries are pitted, though in general when you buy pitted cherries sometimes there is still an occasional pit.

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