Pomegranates: Superfood for Your Heart
Ahhhh yeahhhh, bring on Fall! I am SO ready to turn the oven back on and start baking, roasting and cooking up some of the deep, rich produce this season brings!
For the next little while, we’re going to bring you some great recipes, featuring fall harvest fruits or vegetables! Why? Because research shows eating more plant-based foods is one of the most effective ways to keep your heart healthy!
According to Mary Finckenor, RD, of the Atlantic Health System in Morristown, New Jersey, “not only are plants packed with vitamins and minerals, they also have nutrients like phytochemicals that have anti-inflammatory and cholesterol-blocking properties.
Let’s start with what’s often referred to as a superfood because aside from all the benefits above, it’s an antioxidant as well, … the Pomegranate! That’s right the beautiful and funny looking Pomegranate. Now before you poo-poo this as too difficult to work with or not worth the labor, it deserves a fair shake.
A little bit goes a long way with this little gem and is sure to wow your audience. It adds insane texture, taste and color to dishes hot and cold, from meat and rice dishes to salad and roasted vege plates. Plus, if you don’t already know, the secret to making them easy to work with is to score the outside skin into about 4- 6 quadrants. Then, break the parts open in a bowl of water, that way it won’t stain your hands or your clothes. With your fingers or a spoon, separate the seeds out of the white membranes into a bowl. If they’re not coming out easily, let them soak in the water for a bit longer and then separate, drain and let dry.
BAM! your star ingredient is ready to impress!
Ok, a few more things to know about the beloved Pomegranate before I link the recipe…
- You’ll find them between September and January.
- Choose deep colored one that feel heavy (this means there’s plenty of seeds in there!).
- They should be shiny and tight, no soft spots.
- They can stay (whole) in the refrigerator for a month or more!
- Among their many health benefits, they can help reduce cholesterol in the arteries but know that they may interact with some cholesterol medications, according to the American Heart Association.
- Drinking Pomegranate juice is not as high in fiber and nutritious as eating the fruit itself.
And now for this week’s recipe, it just happens to come from MS. Martha Stewart, don’t judge!
Pomegranate-Bulgar Salad … ENJOY and let us know how you liked it or how you changed it up to your liking!
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