Posted by Andie on November 2, 2011
image via POM Wonderful
Did you know that November is National Pomegranate Month?
Pomegranates are one of the healthiest fruits you can eat. In addition to being delicious, they are chuck full of antioxidants, which are scavengers that neutralize free radicals in your body and prevent against disease. According to POM Wonderful, here are a few of the health benefits that scientists have found that pomegranates bring to the table: slows prostate cancer, decreases LDL cholesterol, improves blood flow, reduces blood pressure, and aids in quicker muscle recovery after exercise.
Sign me up! With all of the fatty holiday eating that is just around the corner, I'm going to try to start getting more pomegranates into my diet this month.
Here are a couple of my favorite pomegranate recipes (not saying they're necessarily healthy, but they're definitely tasty):
Cranberry Crunch Salad
2 12 oz. bags of fresh cranberries
3 cups sugar
1 28 oz. crushed pineapple (1 large and 1 small can)
2 cups red grapes, halved
1-2 cups chopped pecans
3 cups whipping cream, whipped
1 pomegranate, seeded
Freeze cranberries then grind frozen cranberries in the blender. Mix cranberries and sugar and let sit overnight in refrigerator. The next morning put cranberry sugar mixture in a strainer along with the crushed pineapple and allow to drain for 2-3 hours. Mix in grapes and pecans. Whip the whipping cream until stiff and fold into cranberry mixture. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Pomegranate Christmas Salad
Two heads romain lettuce
Shredded Swiss Cheese
1 Pomegranate, seeded
A little minced onion
2 Cans mandarin oranges
Good bottled or homemade poppy seed dressing
Poppy Seed Dressing
1/3 C. Oi1
1/3 C. Sugar
1/3 C. Red wine vinegar
1 T. grated onion
1/3 t. prepared mustard
¾ t. salt
1 T. poppy seeds
Anyone know of any good recipes that include pomegranates?
Share them in the comments section! I need all the help I can get in this department, and I'm sure other readers would love to get recipe ideas too!
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