If you have yet to delve into the sweet delight of this gorgeous fruit, then you better take advantage before the season ends in January! Pomegranates are one of the most powerful anti-oxidant fruits around. They contain high levels of flavonoids and polyphenols, which offer protection against cancer and heart disease. If you dare to believe, they even offer more antioxidants than green tea, blueberries, red wine and cranberries. Can I get a "wow" from the pomegranate lovers?!
Some people do not take advantage of these amazing benefits because you have to crack open the fruit and remove the ohhhh so gorgeous and delicious jewels inside. Breaking these bright red jewels free from the inside is beyond worth it! Also known as "arils", these sweet nutritious beauties contain punicalagins, which help to lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Additionally, they can help reduce inflammation in the body, giving your tissues a sense of comfort and relief.Within these arils lie the pungent juice and a small white crunchy seed. Many will eat the whole aril, which will give you an added boost of fiber. Some slurp the juice and spit out the seed; its up to you!
When choosing a pomegranate, look for a firm and taught outer skin as well as a heavy weight. When the weight is heavy, it means the arils are filled to the brim with yummy juice. Pomegranates will keep well at room temperature if they are kept away from direct sunlight. If you decide to remove all red jewels upon opening, they will keep well for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.
Pomegranates are a great addition to salad, greek yogurt and an unusual addition to baked goods. Enjoy!
~ Liz Myers, MA, PCCI, Rooted Living Wellness Coach
Liz Myers, MA, RYT200
Spiritual Life Coach, Yoga and Meditation Teacher.
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