Pomegranates are a round fruit with white flesh that's packed with juicy, sweet edible seeds. These seeds are are called arils, and are high in antioxidant activity, fiber and vitamins. They've been associated with improving heart health, urinary health and exercise endurance.
You can buy already seeded pomegranate in the refrigerated area of the produce section of the supermarket. There are lots of opinions on the best way to get the seeds out of the pomegranate, so choose your own.
Once you have your seeds, use them in the recipes below.
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Make it a Full Plate Meal: Enjoy two pieces of avocado sweet potato toast for breakfast.
75% fiber foods – sweet potato, avocado, pomegranate seeds
25% foods – hazelnuts/hempseeds
Make it a Full Plate Meal: Serve this salad as a Power Up to any holiday get-togethers or meals. You can serve it with Creamy Mashed Potatoes and Christmas Lentil Loaf. Both of these recipes are also in the Healthy Holiday Cookbook.
75% fiber foods – kale, brown rice, pomegranate, red potatoes, cauliflower, lentil loaf
25% foods – dressing, walnuts, Earth Balance Whipped Buttery Spread
Make it a Full Plate Meal: Plate one stuffed sweet potato with a side of Three Bean Salad. Leftover Thanksgiving turkey would be a tasty 25% choice if you still feel hungry.
75% fiber foods – sweet potato, fresh mint, fresh parsley, pomegranate, garlic, chickpeas, black beans, white beans, red onion, cherry tomatoes, basil
25% foods – tahini sauce, turkey, olive oil
Make it a Full Plate Meal: A generous bowl of this with plain, low-fat yogurt would make a nice breakfast.
75% fiber foods – clementines, kiwi, apples, pomegranates, grapes
25% foods – yogurt, poppy seeds
Make it a Full Plate Meal: Top your soup with pomegranate seeds and pan-fried chickpeas.
75% fiber foods – butternut squash, fresh thyme, fresh cilantro, pomegranate, chickpeas
25% foods – olive oil
Recipe Note: Use just 1 tablespoon of olive oil for the soup to reduce the amount of fat and calories in this meal.