Powerful Pomegranates

pomThe pomegranate is a powerhouse fruit full of antioxidants and nutrients.  The juice and seeds of the pomegranate are the part that you consume.

This fruit is considered a “super fruit” because of all of it’s benefits to your body.  If you could add pomegranate in some form, to your diet every day, you would be doing your body a good service.

Pomegranates have an outstanding nutritional profile.  For example they provide high dietary fiber, are packed with vitamin C, K and many B vitamins, zinc, iron, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, folate, magnesium and omega 6 fatty acid.  The seeds are high in antioxidants such as flavonoids and anthocyanins.

The fruit is a great anti-inflammatory and anti-viral food too.

Being low in calories this super food is a great addition to your diet if you are weight conscious.

I love pomegranates.  I buy them whenever I can.  I remove all of the seed pods and store them in a glass container in my fridge for quick and convenient access to these gems.  I eat the seed pods as a snack by the handful or put them on top of salads.  Recently I purchased a large bag of dried pomegranate seeds which I enjoy snacking on too.

Pomegranate juice is readily available in most markets.  Although I would suggest making your own juice from the fresh fruit or adding the seeds to your smoothies and other recipes.

You may notice that pomegranate is used in skin lotions and potions as the oil from the fruit is very beneficial to your skin.

The components of this delicious and nutritious fruit have been studied and reports show that the high antioxidant profile is promising in the prevention of cardiovascular disease.  Eating or drinking pomegranate seeds and juice helps with blood pressure and possibly keeping the risk of heart attack and stroke lower.

With the anti-inflammatory properties pomegranate shows great promise with arthritis and joint swelling too.

I think it is a very wise idea to try to incorporate more pomegranate into your diet if you can.  There are so many ways you can do just that.  Here I share a quick and easy recipe for a vegan quinoa salad using pomegranate for color, flavor and nutrition.

POMEGRANATE QUINOA SALAD

1 cup red, black or white quinoa, rinsed

6 stalks of organic celery, diced

1/4 cup good quality organic olive oil

3 tbsp. balsamic vinegar

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp. allspice

sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste

1/2 cup fresh parsley chopped

seed pods of 2 pomegranates

Cook quinoa to package directions in 2 cups of water.  Once done, fluff with a fork.  Add celery, olive oil, vinegar, garlic, allspice, salt and pepper.

At this point allow the quinoa mixture to cool.    Once cool, add parsley and pomegranate seeds.  Mix well and taste to decide if added seasoning is needed.  Season to taste.

Enjoy this lovely salad as a side or a main dish.  The pomegranate seeds burst with flavor and goodness.

 

 

 

 

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