I love making my fresh juices. Not only is this fresh pomegranate juice so much better for you than store-bought juice — it also just tastes better! In this article, we will go over everything about pomegranate juice, the benefits, and how simple it is to make this insanely healthy super juice for you and your family.
Health Benefits of Pomegranates Juice
The health benefits of pomegranate juice are no secret. Pomegranates have been used in medicine for thousands of years. Nowadays pomegranate juice is being studied even more with the possibility of its benefits with fertility, cancer prevention, and immune support. Here is a small list of a few amazing benefits of pomegranate juice.
One of the best things about pomegranate juice is the fact it has over 40 percent more than the daily requirement of vitamin C. Vitamin C is a vitamin that helps protect your body’s cells from different free radicals we come into contact with on a daily basis.
Recent studies have shown that pomegranate juice may have some great effects as a cancer preventer for specific cancers. These studies are still in their preliminary stages, but that is still an amazing breakthrough!
Pomegranate juice also has great anti-inflammatory agents that may help prevent many serious diseases. This is mostly because of the number of antioxidants found in the pomegranate itself. Some of the diseases pomegranate juice may prevent are heart diseases and even type 2 diabetes.
Pomegranates are filled with antioxidants, this is something our bodies need to fight off different infections and illnesses. This is always why it has those amazing anti-inflammatory agents. It may protect you from various diseases and is very good for your gut health!
If you want to learn even more about the amazing benefits of pomegranates there is an amazing article here that will go even more into depth about these super fruits!
How To Make Pomegranate Juice – Step By Step
Why is it better to make your own juice rather than purchase from the grocery store?
It is no secret that store-bought juice is filled with processed sugars. Store-bought juices also go through a process of pasteurization in which the juice is heated up but this process also weakens a lot of the nutrients and vitamins of the juice, now, there are good juices out there, but making it fresh is always going to be the best!
- First things first, we will need to open up our pomegranates! For this recipe, I suggest using anywhere from 6 to 8 pomegranates to yield enough juice for making this recipe worth it. This recipe should yield up to 6 cups of juice, but it does depend on the yield of arils from the pomegranates themselves.
- First, we need to cut open our pomegranates. There are many ways to open a pomegranate, but I think the easiest way to do this is by first cutting around the crown piece at the top of the pomegranate.
- Next, remove the top of the pomegranate then cut down the sides of the pomegranate creating wedges.
- Pull the wedges apart, exposing the arils of the pomegranate. Using your fingers just brush the arils into a bowl underneath. I would suggest not wearing anything light-colored when making this juice, pomegranates tend to cause a bit of a mess (but trust me, it is well worth it!).
- Once you have all of your pomegranate arils into a bowl the next thing to do is to add them into your blender.
- Once all the arils are in the blender, turn the blender into its lowest setting just to make sure all of the arils get crushed but not too much so that the seeds get chopped up too fine. This should take about 30 seconds or so.
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- Once all the pomegranate arils are nice and smashed up, take a small meshed strainer over a large bowl or container and strain all of your juice into it.
- This process may take some time because the pulp of the pomegranate juice is pretty thick. A pro tip is to use the back of a spoon or spatula and press slightly into the strainer to get things moving.
- Once you have all of the juice from the pulp, discard the pulp and enjoy your fresh pomegranate juice!
What Else Can You Make With Pomegranate Juice
Now after you make your pomegranate juice, what can you do with it? Well, there are many things you can make with pomegranate juice! Besides just drinking it (because it is so good) you can turn it into martinis, vinaigrettes, add it into smoothies, and so much more! I personally love making pomegranate vinaigrette — here is a recipe you can follow it is so easy and way healthier than store-bought salad dressings!
Pomegranate Juice Takeaway
Pomegranate juice is so healthy for you, there are so many health benefits, and it also tastes great! There are also so many other recipes you can make with fresh pomegranate juice. The possibilities are endless! Try it! You will not be disappointed.
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- 6-8 Pomegranates
- Cut open your pomegranates and release all of the arils from the pomegranate.
- Place all of the arils inside of a blender and pulse for about 30 seconds or until all of the arils are crushed.
- Get a large bowl or container and place a small screen mesh sieve on top.
- Pour the pomegranate juice and pulp through the mesh screen and using the back of a spoon gently press down on the pulp, this will help release more of the juice.
- The juice will stay fresh for up to 4 days in an air-tight container.
The yield may vary depending on the juiciness of the arils from the pomegranate.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 5 Cups Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 375Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 14mgCarbohydrates: 84gFiber: 18gSugar: 62gProtein: 8g
Numbers are approximate depending on the ammount of juice made from the pomegranate arils.