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Pomegranate & Orange Punch

  • Pomegranate Punch is great for parties, and this punch is no different.  Orange and pomegranate juice make a wonderful combination, and will surely please your guests!

Ingredients

  • 16 Ounces Pomegranate Juice
  • 3 Cups Blood Orange Juice
  • 1 Cup Grand Marnier
  • 1 Cup Vodka
  • One orange thinly sliced and seeds removed for garnish
  • 1 Cup Sparkling Water

Directions:

In a large bowl or pitcher, fill with ice or an ice ring. Combine all ingredients well, and garnish with orange slices.

This punch would be perfect for Valentine’s Day!

The Pomegranate Juice Recipe You Have to Read!

So….you want to make pomegranate juice?  Then I have the perfect recipe for here.  Here’s how it goes.  You start with 1 pomegranate.  Yes, just one.  That’s all you need.  And then, you cut it in half.  Cut the half that doesn’t have the stem.  And then….you press it over your juicer.  Twist it around and squeeze it good.  Kind of like juicing an orange.

That’s just about all you need to do to have your own fresh squeezed pomegranate juice.

How about that?

But…want to know something kind of crazy?  Some scientists think that industrially processed pomegranate juice is better for you.  This sounds counter-intuitive…but the reason is because industrial pomegranate juice tends to have more of the plant parts in it…which means more of the good antioxidants that fight cancer.  Now how about that!?

Pomegranate Nutrition? The Lowdown on Pomegranate Health Info

You may have heard the rumor that pomegranate are nutritious.  You may have even heard that they have incredible antioxidant powers.

But whats the truth?  The truth is that eating any kind of fruit is healthy.  The key is to munch on all kinds of delicious snacks.  If you want to be healthy that is.  I personally prefer to just eat pomegranates.  Sometimes it makes my stomach hurt.  But that’s another story.

Pomegranates have been around along time, but modern science has unlocked some of its secrets.  Here’s some numbers from the USDA.  They’re talking about a pomegranate that’s not too big, not too large.  Medium, really.

Water: 125 g
Calories: 105
Protein: 1.5 g
Carbohydrates: 26g
Sugars: 26 g
Fiber: 1 g
Total Fat: 0.5 g
Saturated Fat: 0.06 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Calcium: 5 mg
Iron: 0.5 mg
Magnesium: 5 m

As you can see, its mostly sugar. That’s part of why its so delicious!  But beyond that, one of the important factors the USDA isn’t telling us about, is the antioxidants in pomegranates.  Learn more about Pomegranate Antioxidants in this nifty study, if your brain is up to it!  But if you’re not interested in reading that study keep this one important fact in mind:

If you want to get the most nutrition out of your pomegranate juice, then buy industrial processed juice!  It has 3 times the amount of antioxidants than fresh squeezed pomegranate juice.

There is also tons of research going on with pomegranate seed oil that shows breast cancer benefits, hormone benefits, and even dietary benefits for obese rats.

Keep that in mind.

Pomegranate Antioxidant Powers

Here’s the lowdown on the antioxidants in pomegranates.   Sure, you may have heard they’re great for you.  They’ll cure heart disease, prevent cancer, and blah blah blah.  But guess what?  That’s only half true.

In fact too many antioxidants can be bad for you.  (But don’t worry about that.)  If you’re really looking for the most benefits from antioxidants, you can’t get them from drinking just pomegranate juice.  Why?  Because their are tons of different antioxidants and each will help a different part of your body.  So, what’s the key?  Should you spend dozens of dollars a week on expensive pomegranate juice?

Well, if you like it.  But don’t do it for the health benefits.  Or for the antioxidants.  If you want to be healthy, and gain the benefits from antioxidants, eat a diverse cuisine.  Most fruits and vegetable you eat have different antioxidants.  As  a genereal rule of thumb try to eat every color.  Oranges are orange.  Blueberries are blue… You get the picture.  Each color is often associated with a different antioxidant.  This is because of how plants absorb light for photosynthesis, but I won’t get into that.

So — yes, pomegrantes have antioxidant powers.  Pomegranate juice has a lot of antioxidants.  But its not a cure all.  In general, if you want to be healthy, eat wide variety of foods.

Pomegranate Candles Smell Oh So Good!

If you like the taste of pomegranates, like candles, and have a possible interest in small flames, then you might be interested in pomegranate candles!  (Wink wink)

Pomegranates are known for their abudunance of seeds, as well as their powers to bring you super-duper amounts fertility.  So burning this candle just might put things in the right mood.  Then again, you just might like pomegranate scented  candles because they smell good.

Either way you look at it, pomegranate candles are an essential part of your life (if you’re pomegranate obsessed.)

A Bit of Pomegranate Mythology

Pomegranates have a rich mythology, symbolizing birth, death, and even eternal life. With its bulging red seeds, pomegranates have captivated many civilizations throughout the ages.

Iranians believe the forbidden fruit that tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden was in fact a Pomegranate. Ancient Egyptians were buried with pomegranates, and the prophet Mohammed believed it purges the system of envy and hatred.

It seems that pomegranates just might lead us on a path to world peace. Or maybe a peaceful marriage. Greeks traditionally break open a pomegranate at weddings, and the chinese eat candied pomegranate seeds to bless newlyweds.

Pomegranate Sorbet for Summer

Now that warmer weather is upon us (at least for the lucky ones!) sorbet is an ideal dessert.  It is refreshing, simple, and it won’t heat up your kitchen to an overwhelming degree.  Moreover, because sorbet is a frozen dessert, you can pop it out from the freezer any time for your lucky guests! Pomegranate sorbet is especially refreshing because of its slightly tangy taste, and its red hue is always pleasing to the eye.  Be sure to try one of these pomegranate sorbet recipes this summer!