Pomegranate Eggplant Refresher

Summary
pomegranate-delightThis is a tasty and very healthy juice. The cucumber, eggplant, and spinach will help to add a mild earthy flavor to the sweetness of the blueberries and pomegranate so that the juice is sweet, but not overpowering.  A cold press juicer works best for this recipe, as the pomegranate and blueberries are difficult to juice and will yield less juice with a centrifugal juicer. The eggplant is also soft and will clog the screen of a centrifugal juicer quickly.Pomegranate has a high concentration of antioxidants, and has been shown to improve cardiovascular health and naturally lower blood pressure. Pomegranate has also been linked to decreased cancer risks, decreased risk of developing osteoporosis, and has shown to help fight depression. Pomegranate should be seeded before using, as the skin and membrane will add a bitter flavor to the juice. To seed a pomegranate, first cut the crown off the top. Cut the pomegranate in half and score the membrane. Submerge the fruit in a bowl of water and let soak for a few hours. The seeds, or arils, will come apart from the membrane and the membrane will float to the top. When most of the arils have come free, the rest can easily be removed by gently pulling away from the membrane. 

Ingredients

  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 pomegranate
  • 1 pint of blueberries
  • ½ cup spinach
  • ½ eggplant

Directions

  • Seed pomegranate
  • Wash all produce thoroughly
  • Remove top from eggplant
  • Juice all produce through a cold press or masticating juicer
  • Enjoy!
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