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Pomegranate and Orange Juice

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I sadly don’t have a juicer. These days a lot of people have a proper juicer, so if you are lucky enough to be one of those people, this recipe may seem a bit easy and unadventurous. What I do have is a new blender, with a special setting for juicing oranges. So until I upgrade this is as good as it gets! Having said that, this is seriously delicious, and whilst many people ignore pomegranates because they can be a bit fiddly to peel, they are my absolute favourite thing at the moment. My flatmate and I have got into the habit of sharing one every evening after supper because we both have an evil sweet tooth, and I can’t see us stopping anytime soon!

I love weekend mornings – there is no rush to get up, you have time to make your favourite breakfast, drink tea and read the newspaper, without the mad rush of trying to get to work on time – but despite my best intentions, my idea for Sunday morning’s juice, turned into Saturday evening’s cocktail. It works well as either so that choice is yours. We ended up doing both!

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There are only two ingredients, but they are two of the prettiest and juiciest fruits around. Oranges are packed full of vitamin C, so are great for giving your immune system a big boost. Our bodies can’t actually store vitamin c, which is why it is important to up your intake when everyone around you starts getting fluey.

Pomegranate was used in ancient Aryuvedic medecine, and with advances in medical technology it is being proven to have a huge number of amazing health benefits.Not only is it extremely rich in vitamins, but also some strong anti-oxidants. It helps to protect from heart diease, and prostate cancer, as well as keeping skin young, smooth and wrinkle free. It is delicious juice, in salads, in puddings and on its own. My sisters make a mean Pomegranate Bellini, so I will have to share the recipe for that too soon.

Ingredients:
4 oranges
2 pomegranates
crushed ice
vodka (optional)

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Method:
Remove all the skin and pith from the pomegranates. Juice the oranges. Blend orange juice with pomegranate flesh, then strain. Stir in the crushed ice (and vodka), pour into two glasses and serve!

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