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Saturday, 19 July 2014

Why pomegranate is a miraculous fruit

I have decided to host a series of guest posts. The first one is about the health benefits of pomegranate by Patricia Eifert (for Chemist Direct).

I hope you enjoy it!


Why pomegranate is a miraculous fruit

Steeped in 4000 years of history, the vibrant colour and flowering crown of the pomegranate fruit made it a regular subject of fertility and abundance for artistic decoration and was used as a symbol of eternal life in religious iconography in ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt and the Middle East. Although it was originally cultivated in Persia and India this fruit appears in the cultural artefacts of countries across four continents, finding its way into mythological history and great works of literature from Shakespeare to the Bible.

Gods gave it as a sign of their blessing and Kings and Queens claimed it as a mark of their greatness, yet this fruit was rarely considered for its nutritious value by the majority of the world’s population and was mainly used in food as a decoration or side dish. This all changed in the early 17th century when sailors began taking this durable fruit on long voyages to supply the sailors with needed vitamin C, but this is only a fraction of the powers soon discovered by medical science and as the knowledge of the human body and its intricate workings increased, so did the nutrient quantity and healing value of the pomegranate.

Once you get through the leathery red or orange skins of the punica granatum, or simply the pomegranate, you will find hundreds of seeds called arils that are surrounded by pulpy capsules of sweet but tart juice. This is where the true value of this miraculous fruit lies as each crunchy aril is packed full of phytochemical compounds, vitamins and minerals that contain a wide variety of health benefits that affect the skeletal, cardiovascular, and nervous system making it a fruit you just can’t afford to miss.

Some of the vitamins found in the pomegranate are easy to detect just by colour and taste, beta-carotene is what gives it the lovely red colour and is also known as vitamin A and the tart flavour comes from the high levels of vitamin C, in fact, eating one full fruit or drinking a glass of fresh juice will provide you with 40 per cent of your daily vitamin C requirement. Pomegranate contains almost half of the B-complex group of vitamins from thiamine (B1), large doses of niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5) and folic acid (B12) which is essential to neural development and both the vitamins E and K which help improve the circulation and lower hypertension.

There are also plenty of trace minerals in the seeds which include calcium and manganese for bone strength, potassium and chromium, both valuable minerals for glucose control and some amounts of copper and other metals. In areas where fresh pomegranate is not available or out of season you can receive the same miraculous benefits from, frozen arils, juice or through natural dietary supplements such as PomeMAX that condenses one fruit into a capsule, leaving you with all the nutrients but without all that fibre. For that you will need the seeds, which provide up to 4 grams of soluble and insoluble dietary fibre for every 100 grams of fruit, making it an excellent lifestyle choice when trying to slim down.

The modern discoveries of phytochemicals in many fruits and vegetables led to research into how these flavonoids and polyphenols interact with the organs in the body, this led to the discovery of antioxidants and how they work to protect the body from free radicals and cell damage. One glass of pomegranate juice contains more antioxidants than many other popular drinks such as green tea or red wine and it even tops cranberries and blueberries.

Pomegranates have a unique antioxidant called punicalagin which specifically helps the cardiovascular system by lowering cholesterol and blood pressure and reducing atherosclerotic plaque in the blood vessels by 30 per cent if regular amounts are consumed daily. Another benefit of these phytochemicals is the way it can inhibit multiple carcinogenic growths from leukaemia to colon, breast and prostate cancer by preventing them from changing the vascular cells. They also work as stimulators for hormone receptors allowing positive mood changes and increasing bone strength with both serotonin and oestrogen.

After reading a list like that who can argue against this nutrient rich super fruit and the wonderful benefits just one pomegranate a day can provide.


Photo from shutterstock.com. 

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Drift Wood Table

The other day when Hubby went for a run on the beach he came back with this.....




.....and built this lovely drift wood table.





Saturday, 12 July 2014

Purple Potatoes

Every year the kids and I grow potatoes. It is our little joint project. We plant them together, water them, pick them and eat them together. This year I got some purple potatoes from my friends in England and it has been a great success! The kids really enjoy their purple mash and it makes a colourful addition to a basic summer salad.






Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Sauna Yogi



A couple of years ago I saw Tiina Vainio's book Saunajooga when we visited Finland. Having practised yoga myself for the past 15 (plus) years I was curious and finally bought the book last year.

I recently read a blog post by Mari over at Saimaa Life where she talked about the health benefits of sauna yoga as well as the course she had just completed to become an instructor. I immediately thought "Hey, maybe sauna yoga would work in Sweden as well." So, I got in contact with Tiina and now, only a few weeks later, I am Saunayoga's country manager in Sweden and one of the first instructors here (Yasuragi is the only place in Sweden running sauna yoga classes at the moment).

Life is just full of surprises!

Feel free to contact me on sara.onnebo@saunayoga.com if you are interested and would like to find out more.


I'm practising the Sauna Warrior and Tiina is showing the Sauna Eagle pose.

Monday, 7 July 2014

A business trip to Helsinki

Last week I spent a couple of days in Helsinki with Tiina Vainio, the founder of saunayoga. I will tell you more about this when I have had time to process all the new information:)

In the meantime, here are some pictures from the capital of Finland.










Helsinki

Friday, 27 June 2014

Potato & Asparagus Quiche



A summery quiche that is to be enjoyed with beautiful views:)


Potato & Asparagus Quiche

Dough:
300 ml flour
150 g butter
2 table spoons cold water

Filling:
c. 6 small potatoes with thin skin, boiled and diced
0.5 red onion, diced
bunch asparagus, sliced
3 eggs
300 ml Greek yogurt
150 g grated cheese (e.g Västerbottenost)
French herb mix
(salt & pepper)


Mix the ingredients for the dough in a food processor. Leave in the fridge for about 20 minutes.

Press the dough into the bottom of an ovenproof dish. Bake in the oven for abut 10 minutes at 225 degrees Celsius.

Mix all the ingredients for the filling and pour on top of the dough.

Bake in the oven for about 35-40 minutes.



Potato & Asparagus Quiche

Monday, 23 June 2014

Super Simple Summer Salad

Swiss Chard & Pesto Salad
Bunch Swiss Chard
400 g large white beans
150 g black olives
ca 4 tablespoons of ready made (or home made) green pesto
1/4 red onion, sliced



swiss chard & green pesto salad



Thursday, 19 June 2014

Summer Greetings

Midsummer's Eve tomorrow, we have already reached the longest day of the year! But there are still many warm, light summer nights to enjoy I hope.

The kids have their last day in kindie today. The boy will be going to school after the summer, already so big. Where have all the years gone? Yesterday he fell and hit his chin during playtime, lost two teeth. Poor thing! And a sad way to end his four years in kindie where he has enjoyed being every day except for yesterday:) The girl will be moving up to the big group. She is very excited. In her own words, she is a big girl and don't want to play with the babies anymore.

Also for me there might be a few changes over the summer. I will tell you more when it is all finalised. But for now I just want to wish you all a great summer! Enjoy the sunshine, the company of good friends, time together with your family and all the yummy fresh seasonal fruit and veg!




Monday, 16 June 2014

A trip and a dip

My first week in Australia I got to know a Norwegian girl. We became good friends and after a few months we also became house mates. We lived in a mint green, doll-sized, Victorian house on a leafy street in North Fitzroy, Melbourne. This is 14 years ago.

On the weekend I went to visit her and her husband in Oslo. A lovely couple of days with an old friend. Good conversation, great food, sunny weather and many relaxing hours in her beautiful garden.







We even went for a swim, the first for me this year. I could certainly get used to starting my day with a dip in the middle of these fantastic views.


Oslo

Hälsa
Webbhotell Hälsa
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