One of the best things that happens when you begin adding fruit to your diet is you are so much more aware of the awesome variety of fruits available. Even better, almost all are loaded in one form of nutrition or another so eating fruit is without question one of the best ways to support a healthy lifestyle.
Here is just one example, the underappreciated Pomegranate.
Pomegranates are a rich source of antioxidants and can be enjoyed every day. And, recently published studies indicate that Pomegranate juice might help stop plaque buildup in the blood vessels, and slow prostate cancer growth. Pomegranates are also a food that is often encouraged in many weight loss diet programs. The fruit is also a great source of Potassium, Carbohydrates, and dietary fiber.
However, for all their pluses, Pomegranates are not an “easy” fruit to enjoy. Their skin is thick and you can spend quite a while peeling back the membrane to release the wonderfully delicious seeds and end up with pink hands and stained clothes in the process. But, fortunately, pomegranates can be included in our diets through really delicious fruit juices.
There is a wide variety of products in the store, but one that I like is very low in calories and the perfect base for a berry smoothie. This is low calorie Pomegranate Blueberry fruit juice. It is only 50 calories for an 8 ounce cup and that alone gives you vitamin A, C, calcium and iron without any fat or cholesterol. It is ideal because you are getting low calorie drinks rich with vitamins, which make the perfect base for refreshing fruit smoothie recipes that you can enjoy as breakfast, snack, or just about any time to take off the “edge” of hunger.
Here is a quick and simple diet smoothie recipe that includes Pomegranate juice and is great any time of the day:
o 1 cup of mixed frozen berries
o 1 cup of low calorie pomegranate blueberry fruit juice
o 1 tsp chia seed
That’s it, just three ingredients and one of them is optional (but encouraged!). Most of the hard work has already been done by the juice company in dealing with the pomegranate fruit itself.
The next time you are looking for a bit of a different fruit remember the underappreciated Pomegranate!