A powerhouse, superfood-packed juice that’s only got 3 ingredients (and 1 of them is optional). If that doesn’t get you rushing to the kitchen to make this watermelon pomegranate juice, just remember that it’s unbelievably, unexpectedly delicious too!
Another random but totally amazing thing that I had for the first time in India!
The first time I tried watermelon pomegranate juice, I was having a cosy post-practice breakfast in a little “house café” that had just opened down the road from where I was staying. “House cafés” – not an official term by any means, it’s just the best way I can describe them – refer to small eateries that are operated by families or friends, usually in part of much bigger residential houses in the area of Gokulam, Mysore.
During the “yoga season” from October/November to March every year, these little house cafes will suddenly spring open in the ground floor of these house, and fill up with throngs of hungry yoga students, especially for breakfast and lunch. These cafes are normally really popular (and crowded), and to be honest sometimes I shy away from them when I’m alone because I just want to chill out in a quiet place to eat my food, read and write.So when a new, super cute house café opened up just down the road from me, I (extremely) happily marched myself down there every morning for a vegetarian roti or wrap with a hot chai, or sometimes a fresh juice. Sitting on the little café’s verandah, perched on purple cushions, staring at the café’s bright yellow walls or out onto the neighbourhood road and sipping my hot chai, I often had moments of pure contentment and stillness, which sometimes came more easily then, instead of other times when I was practicing yoga or meditation.
When I saw “watermelon pomegranate juice” on the menu, I thought, “Why not?” I’ve always LOVED watermelon juice (because I’m super bad at drinking water and tend to get dehydrated really easily), and I thought this juice sounded like it might be an interesting adventure. And oh yes was it interesting! It was:
♥ Sweet, in the honeyed and dulcet way that only watermelon can be, but not cloying;
♥ Hydrating, in the way that only watermelon can be (can you tell that I’m a huge watermelon fan yet?)
♥ Tangy and lightly sour from the pomegranate
♥ Immensely scoffable (one of my favourite expressions to describe anything that I just want to down in one gulp, which I definitely did with this juice!)
When I drank it, I immediately knew that I had to try and remake it because:
♥ It’s a ridiculously easy thing to make, with only 3 ingredients – fresh watermelon, pomegranate and lemon juice; and
♥ Pomegranates and watermelons are so abundant in Singapore and Malaysia, but I never thought of combing the two of them. It’s like when two people have been friends all their lives, and suddenly they realise that they’re meant to be more than that – lovers, partners, husband and wife. The combination of watermelon and pomegranates, just makes a wonderful marriage.
I’m never sure why I really REALLY love watermelons. Sometimes I think it’s because I get quite dehydrated and watermelons are just about the most hydrating fruit I can think of (hm duh does it have anything to do with the fact that it’s called a watermelon?). But I was pleasantly surprised to find that watermelons are exceptionally nutritious, containing unusually high levels of potent phytonutrients such as lycopene. Did you know that watermelons have even more phytonutrients than tomatoes (previously considered to be the lycopene leader among the fruit world)? Watermelons are also rich in potassium, which is excellent for muscle cramps and may also explain why some studies have found that endurance atheletes who consumed watermelon purée during and after their race, had less levels of oxidative stress and inflammation.
And what about pomegranates? Just by looking at pomegranates, you can tell that they’re pretty special fruits. Pomegranates contain a unique antioxidant called punicalagin, and another unique fatty acid called punicic acid, which are responsible for most of their health benefits. Punicalagin has been shown to effectively reduce inflammation, which is one of the leading causes of many modern diseases such as diabetes and cancer. The pomegranate seeds (or arils) are also rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals and bioactive plant compounds). Pomegranate juice is also known to be able to significantly lower blood pressure. And if that wasn’t even, studies have shown that pomegranate can prevent heart disease, improve our cholesterol profile and it even has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties, which is good for oral health.
If all of the above aren’t enough to immediately started to get you rushing to the kitchen to make this unique and scrumptious juice, then just remember – it’s also INCREDIBLY delicious! Hot summer days have found a new best friend! I hope you’ll find it incredibly exciting as I did! Enjoy! Xoxo.Print
Watermelon Pomegranate Juice
A super powerhouse, superfood-packed juice that’s only got 3 ingredients (and 1 of them is optional). If that doesn’t get you rushing to the kitchen to make this watermelon pomegranate juice, just remember that it’s unbelievably, unexpectedly delicious too!
- 800 grams fresh watermelon flesh
- 200 grams fresh pomegranate, seeds (arils) only
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (optional)
- Fresh mint leaves to garnish
- Cut the fresh watermelon into chunks. You’ll need 800 grams worth of fresh watermelon flesh. Place the watermelon into a juicer or blender.
- Remove the pomegranate arils from its skin: Cut the pomegranate in half. Hold the pomegranate half in one hand, and using the back of a normal spoon in the other hand, repeatedly whack out the pomegranate seeds into a small bowl. Repeat with the other half of the pomegranate.
- Blend the watermelon, pomegranate seeds and lemon juice together for 1-2 minutes (if you have a high-speed blender) or 3 minutes with a regular blender. You want to make sure that you process the juice thoroughly until all the pomegranate seeds have been blended up.
- Pour the juice into a tall glass, over ice cubes and garnished with fresh mint. Enjoy it on a hot summer day, and try not to down it all in one gulp, although it will be too easy to!