Monday, October 21, 2019

Homemade Pomegranate Syrup


Have you ever tried to make your own pomegranate syrup at home? No ? It is a very easy process and spending time in the kitchen with this fruit is fun. Only looking at its beautiful color, smell and taste changes your mood. So many of you know its benefits; cancer prevention, alzheimer's disease protection, digestion, anti-inflammatory, arthritis, heart disease. Pomegranate is good for your body, brain, skin and hair as well. 

 

Don’t throw the peels!!  

Even its peel is full of benefits. Let it dry. Soak in hot water and enjoy your pomegranate tea! If you have a hair loss problem, you don’t want to miss out on the benefits of pomegranate peels. Especially, if you are over 50 ladies! Another way to use peel is, grind the sun-dried pomegranate peels and mix with your yogurt and apply on your face. Wash with cold water after 10 minutes.

 



Fresh is better
Pomegranate juice is an important ayurvedic medicine. Research indicates that peels help bone health and stops osteoporosis after menopause. One pomegranate for a hundred diseases.
I’m lucky to have so many pomegranate trees around here. Eat pomegranate, drink its juice, make a tea using its sun dried peels and keep this syrup in fridge to get more benefits of this fruit.

It soothes sore throats, lowers stress and cholesterol levels, and alleviates symptoms in menopausal women. 




Here is the making of pomegranate syrup, a very easy process at home:

Step 1: 
Wash them. Don’t forget, you’ll use the peels for later use.

Step 2: 
Take the seeds out. If you have citrus juicer even it’s easier. Basically, cut them in half  like orange and lemon. If you don’t have a citrus juicer, cut them in quarters then have fun taking the seeds out. Trust me it is a stress reliever. Touch it!! 

Step 3:   
If you have a food processor, pour the seeds into a high-speed processor and pulls until they have been crushed. 
I made using 4 pomegranate only and used my hands for whole process. Crushed, squeezed!! Oh yes I did, and no regrets! 😎 
Pomegranate juice splatters everywhere. You might prefer to to these beneficial globes apart into different sections and remove the arils in a bowl of water.





Step 4:
Strain the juice.
I used a colander and then a cheesecloth. You have a tasty, natural, fresh pomegranate juice for daily take. Still insist on making syrup? I ask this question to myself every timeπŸ˜€
Ok, It is ready to cook. 

Step 5
Bring it a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes.

 

How long does it take to cook?
After bubbles start to look thicker, it's your preference. If you like a thicker syrup, reduce the heat and keep cooking more. If you over cook, you end up with a stiff molasses  and hard to use from a bottle.
 




How to use this tangy syrup?

Drizzle over roasted veggies, your drinks, desserts, any other dips or relish.  It adds deliciousness and appetizing look to any dish.



 Whisk together with a little olive oil for salads.


Homemade syrup from the scratch. It adds more complex acidity than vinegar and lemon juice. 


 From garden...

                                                                 ..to your tables!!!

Doesn't it make a unique holiday gift idea this year for your family members and close friends?

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Blackberry - Banana Smoothie With Wheatgrass Recipe


BlackBerry - Banana Smoothie with Wheatgrass

It was 37 C degrees outside yesterday morning. I prepared this powerful smoothie with ice cubes. That was what I had in my mind after waking up and doing my morning yoga... Ice cubes!




An easy, antioxidant-rich recipe for thick, refreshing smoothies with wheatgrass powder. 
Paleo, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free.
Wheatgrass is considered a super food and contains vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, iron, calcium, magnesium and chlorophyll (increases red blood cells, prevents cancer, aging and much more).
Ingredients 

1 banana (sliced)
1/2 cup almond milk
1 cup blackberries (fresh or frozen)
1 tsp wheatgrass powder
3 ice cubes (crushed)

Using a blender mix almond milk, banana slices, wheatgrass powder for a minute. Add blackberries, ice cubes and blend for another minute until thoroughly mixed. Pour into a small glass. I used a jar and served right away with a straw.
Perfect start to a summer day!

Sunday, January 20, 2019

A New Year, A New Start πŸ€—


A daily meditation and yoga practice is a life changer. I joined Yoga Vidya Turkey Teacher Training Program in Dec, 2018 and welcomed 2019 with something new in my life. A new year, a fresh start! The picture was taken on certification day. Yoga has always been a part of my life since 2007. This year yoga is a life style for me. I’m so happy that I decided and completed it. Grateful to Yoga Vidya Turkiye, our teachers Hakan Kireckaya and Semra Binici for this education, providing positive energy, being patient and helpful πŸ™

That’s me at the bottom right! 😊
  “ There is always room for change, but you have to be open to that change. - -K. Budig.”


Hope 2019 brings y’all what ever you want.πŸ’•πŸ™ Btw, pancakes anyone? There are two pancake monsters in our home. So, won’t be there for so long πŸ˜†πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜‰



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