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Saturday, November 5, 2016

Pomegranates are Good and Good For You (salad recipe included)

Pomegranates have been enjoyed for thousands of years. In many cultures pomegranates symbolize hope and abundance. Egyptians have been entombed with them, Babylonian soldiers dined on them prior to battle and pomegranates were also enjoyed at weddings in Persia. 
Many wonder if it was pomegranates rather than apples that grew in the Garden of Eden. The word pomegranate means "seeded apple". Pomegranates are at times called chinese apple or "jewel of the winter" Pomegranates are one of the world's most popular fruits. Here in North America they are in season during early winter. However, they are often over shadowed by more common fruits like apples and oranges 
Pomegranates are rich in antioxidants The antioxidants found in these fruits have been known to help fight various cancer cells. Extracts found in pomegranates have been shown to possibly help reduce joint pain and decrease inflammation in arthritis sufferers. Other health benefits include slowing the growth of plaque formation in arteries which leads to a boost of hearth health. 
Juicy seed sacs found inside Pomegranates are rich in fiber and adds to optimum nutritioin. 

This salad is really easy only requiring 3 main ingredients. A salad blend of arugula and spinach mixed with pomegranate seeds and almonds. Pomegranates are really nutritious and I have many friends who would dare to say that pomegranate sees are their favorite snacks as well. 

  • 5 ounces baby arugula and spinach blend
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
Lemon Garlic Dressing
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced 
  • 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice 
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
Make the dressing first by whisking together garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and salt and pepper just until combined. Let set at room temperature for 30 minutes. 
Combine spinach, arugula, almonds and pomegranate together in a bowl. Whisk the dressing once more and drizzle over the top. Toss. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Serve.

recipe source here


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