QURANIC FOODS- POMEGRANATE AND STRAWBERRY SMOOTHIE

POMEGRANATE AND STRAWBERRY SMOOTHIE

By Karimah Bint Dawoud, award winning  writer , “Heavenly Bites, the Best of Muslim Home Cooking” published by Kube Publishers and qualified nutritionist

Pomegranate is one of the Quranic Foods featured in my new book ” Sacred Sunnah Superfoods, an Illustrated Guide to Quranic Foods”, for more information about this book please email karimahscuisinaa@gmail.com, (correct spelling thank you).

POMEGRANATE
English: pomegranate
Arabic: rummaan رمان
This sumptuous fruit has been mentioned three times in the Quran.

QURANIC REFERENCE

SURAH/CHAPTER 55: AYAH/VERSE 68 Sūrat ar-Raḥmān (The Beneficent)

“In them (both) will be fruits, and date- palms and pomegranates.” [55:68]

 

QF POMEGRANTE SMOOTHIE
ISLAMIC MEDICINE
As-Suyuti(ra) says that sweet pomegranate in the first instance (natural state) is sanguine, hot and wet; drinking it’s juice puts an end to coughs and eating it after a meal prevents stomach upsets. Unlike other fruits, a large percentage of this fruit is seed, enabling it to pass through the digestive system quickly. He says the best type pomegranate is “Imlisi”, now known as “malassi”.
Bitter pomegranate is cold and dry in the first instance, perfect for promoting bile. It can be made into syrup if seasoned with mint. This is good for vomiting and strengthens the stomach.

The antioxidant superstar pomegranate juice adds a wonderful, tart flavor to this smoothie. A banana and some creamy kefir balance the tartness and make it a lovely pink.
NUTRITIONAL VALUES
Pomegranates are high in fiber, vitamins B, C, K and the mineral potassium, making them a good anti-oxidant and anti-ageing. Due to the benefits of potassium, pomegranates are great for people who have kidney disease as it will help prevent stones from forming and flush out existing stones and toxins.
Pomegranates are another super food, the benefits of which include helping to reduce weight and controlling cholesterol. If eaten regularly, they boost immunity, improve circulation and help combat cancers. The twigs can be used for oral and dental health.
POMEGRANATE AND STRAWBERRY SMOOTHIE
INGREDIENTS
• 2 cups strawberries
• 2 tablespoons pomegranate seeds
• 2 cups of water
• 1 table spoon/30ml of honey
• 1 tea spoon/5ml cinnamon (optional but it adds sweetness and its blood thinner)
• 1 banana(optional)
METHOD
• Wash the pomegranates and strawberries and banana of you are using one
• Take off the skin, there are good videos online if you have trouble taking the skin off the pomegranate
• Remove the pomegranate arils (seeds/fruits) and place in cup, you don’t need to separate the pip from the flesh, they are so tiny like little rubies and this will get combined in the blender.
• You can wash the strawberries in water with some vinegar added to remove any tiny insects, the green tops and leaves actually aid digestion.
• Place the pomegranate kernels , strawberries, honey and water in a blender. You can add the banana at this point if you wish, the banana will make it even sweeter and add creaminess… and calories.
• In sha Allah you enjoy this pretty Persian drink.

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