Healthy Love Potion for Valentine’s Day, anyone?!
I can’t believe it’s almost Feb 2022! February at our place doesn’t just mean Valentine’s Day though because we celebrate my husband’s birthday in February as well. That too bang on the Valentine’s Day! So it’s kind of a double celebration for us. It has become a tradition for us to have an elaborate dinner with our girls. But I make special breakfast just for the birthday boy to start his day on a happy note.
This pomegranate, orange and carrot juice is not only his favourite but actually he keeps making it for us all through the winters season. This time I’m planning to include this on his breakfast tray. It checks all the right boxes for the day. I mean just look at that glorious deep red colour – instant love, isn’t it! And then with a glass brimful of health benefits, the juice actually tastes very very delicious.
Winter Gems in a Glass and their Health Benefits:
This luscious red juice is a concoction of a wealth of winter produce, not just pomegranates, oranges and carrots but also beets, apples and ginger. The dominant flavour is definitely of pomegranates and carrots but other ingredients contribute to its rich and balanced flavours. And make it a goldmine of vitamins and detox boosters that increase immunity and reduce risk of cancer, inflammation, alzheimer’s, arthritis, spike in blood pressure and blood sugar.
Pomegranate seeds get their vibrant red hue from polyphenols. These chemicals are powerful antioxidants. We are talking about three times more antioxidants than in red wine or green tea. Vitamin A, C and pottasium are in loads in most of the fruits and vegetables going into this juice, making it a delicious alternative to some blah-tasting-green juice.
What Makes This Juice Taste So Good?
First and foremost – the fresh ingredients. And then the balance of sweet and sour. Sweet from carrots, beets and apples, and tart from pomegranate and oranges. I’m not a fan of overpowering taste of beets in juices because it leaves a certain metallic aftertaste in the mouth. So I add beets in smaller quantity compared to other components.
The three natural taste enhancers in this juice are ginger, pink salt (or any rock salt) and black pepper. Ginger and black pepper adds some subtle heat that cuts through the sweetness. And a pinch of salt brings all the flavours together. These three ingredients also help make it great for digestion.
How to Peel Pomegranate…the right way!
Pomegranates have a beautiful dark red color, but if you’re not careful, that color could be splattered all over your kitchen. Because they may seem hard to crack into, many people avoid eating pomegranates. Don’t deprive yourself of this delicious and healthy snack, instead use this simple hack that makes it a lot easier and less messy to seed a pomegranate.
All you need is a sharp knife, cutting board and a big bowl filled with water. Make four shallow slits in the rind like a cross. Don’t cut all the way through. Break apart the four wedges. Dunk the wedges into the water and seperate the seeds using your fingers. The water will contain the splashes. The seeds will sink to the bottom and the peel will float to the top. It’s that simple.
How Long Does Pomegranate, Orange and Carrot Juice Last?
Most fresh juices can be keep well for 24 hours, if covered and refrigerated. However, within the first 2 hours after making, discoloration slowly takes place and leaves your juice less attractive. So, while your juice is still safe to drink after 2 hours, but no longer has its original beautiful colour. I strongly recommend you use the juice within 2 hours to get the best experience.
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- 2 pomegranates
- 6 large carrots
- 6 oranges
- 2 tart apples
- 2 small beets
- 1 inch piece of ginger
- 1 teaspoon pink salt or rock salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
This Is What You Do:
- Thoroughly wash all the fruits and vegetables going the juice.
- Cut carrots into 2-3 inch chunks or whatever size would fit your juice machine.
- Cut apples and beets into wedges.
- Seed the pomegranates (using the mess free method above).
- Peel oranges and separate into halves.
- Add all the washed and prepared fruits and vegetables to the juice machine.
- Follow the instructions on your particular juice machine.
- Stir in salt and pepper.
- Cover properly and refrigerate till required (best within 2 hours).