Are you looking for a cool beverage to add to your summer menu that isn’t loaded with artificial sweeteners, sugar, or ingredients you can’t pronounce? Rebecca Katz, author of The Healthy Mind Cookbook, has an incredible recipe for a Hibiscus Pomegranate Cooler that is sure to please your taste buds without compromising your health.
We are such fans of this incredible cookbook that we feature several recipes from it at our RE:mind retreats and send all the participants home with their own copy.
On her website, Katz has this to say, “Pomegranate juice might just be the gateway to eternal life. It has been consumed for about five thousand years and revered for nearly as long. Early Persians claimed the fruit had immortal properties, while in China it was a symbol of longevity. Contemporary science is content to say pomegranates have unusually high levels of antioxidants—more than blueberries or cranberries, and that’s saying a lot. And contemporary Rebecca is content to say it has a lovely sweet-tart taste that I’ve enjoyed since I was a kid. In this recipe, I wanted to smooth out pomegranate’s somewhat assertive flavor while pumping up the nutrition, so I turned to musky hibiscus, which has been shown to help control cholesterol and limit fatty buildup in arteries. To take it over the top, I added frozen strawberries, frozen blue- berries, and orange rounds, to make something akin to Middle Eastern sangria. I think the ancients were on to something.”
This thirst quenching beverage, loaded with antioxidants, infuses hibiscus tea, berries, citrus, pomegranate juice, and mint with water. Antioxidants are compounds found in some foods. They help neutralize free radicals, which are substance that occur naturally in our bodies and attack the fats, proteins and DNA in our cells. Free radicals can cause different diseases and accelerate the aging process, so finding a way to destroy them is important.
This fun summer recipe from Rebecca Katz is sure to please your taste buds, while sneaking in some powerful health benefits from the antioxidants too.
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