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Sparkling Pomegranate Punch Anyone?

For those avoiding alcohol this Christmas why not try making a sparkling pomegranate punch?

As one of the oldest known fruits, the pomegranate has been revered as a symbol of health for centuries.  The reason being that it contains a high level of polyphenols and flavonoids which are powerful antioxidants. Pomegranates also contain vitamin C, vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid), folate and a good amount of vitamin A, vitamin E and fibre.

Pomegranates are thought to provide numerous health benefits including:

  • Reducing inflammation
  • Soothing sore throats
  • Aiding the reduction of symptoms caused by anaemia
  • Providing relief from stomach disorders
  • Reducing dental plaque
  • Maintaining good blood flow around the body (American Journal of the College of Cardiology, Sept 2005).
  • Reducing the symptoms of arthritis
  • Slow down the signs of ageing due to their high antioxidant content

Consuming Pomegranate on a regular basis is also thought to improve and help balance oestrogen and progesterone levels in women too!

To add that beneficial punch to your Christmas, why not try this fantastic drink!

Sparkling Pomegranate Punch

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 2 large Pomegranates (use the seeds)
  • 3 Oranges or 6 sweet Clementine / Tangerines- the sweeter the better
  • 1 half pint glass of sparkling water (add more water if you wish to make it go further).
  • Ice cubes

How to make

Use a juicer to extract the juice of oranges and pomegranates, then add the sparkling water. Serve immediately over ice garnished with orange, mint, strawberries.

Enjoy!

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