Health & Food

Move Over Pumpkin, Pomegranates are Here!

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Ok, I know pomegranates have been in the stores for quite some time now, yet I waited until only last week to try my first pomegranate of the season. For some reason I had forgotten just how delicious they were.

I bought a HUGE pomegranate at the grocery store and one provided about 300 arials (the seeds that you eat). That is about 1.5 cups of juicy, delicious, edible pomegranate.

At work I did a demo on how to de-seed a pomegranate under water. Here is a good video to watch if you have never tried it yourself. It’s a great way to prevent a huge mess from all of the arial juice.

Pomegranates are seriously one of the healthiest fruits available. Who needs goji and acai when you can get pomegranates fresh at your local grocery store?!

Health Benefits

  • They help lower your blood pressure and maybe even increase your libido
  • They are packed with antioxidants, which fight chronic diseases and reduce whole-body inflammation
  • They might help lower your bad LDL cholesterol
  • Recent studies have linked pomegranate consumption to decreased risk of breast cancer

Don’t just drink the juice because you would be missing out on all of the fiber (and there is a lot of fiber in those arials!). I have been using pomegranates for many things lately, such as;

Adding it to yogurt….

Sprinkling it on top of my morning oatmeal with yogurt and cinnamon….

And this…

Pomegranate and Pear Salsa

Ingredients

1.5 cups pomegranate arials

1/4 cup POM juice

The juice from one lime

1 bartlett pear, chopped (or any pear)

1/4 cup diced red onion

1/4 cup chopped cilantro

1 T sugar (optional)

Directions

Combine all ingredients and serve with your favorite chips.

**This salsa looks so pretty and would make an excellent snack/appetizer at a holiday party. The colors are just spectacular! Sorry I don’t have a picture. I need to start carrying my camera with me to work. **

QUESTION: How do you like to eat pomegranates?

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