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Enjoying the Powerful Perks of Pomegranates (Recipes)

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Pomegranates are such a powerful fruit. As we discussed in part one of this article, the overwhelming amount of antioxidants pomegranates offer have many incredible advantages on your performance, appearance, and health. But, my personal favorite reason to eat pomegranates is simple… they are delicious! Here are 3 easy recipes to help incorporate more miraculous pomegranate into your diet.

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POMEGRANATE BASICS (as a side bar table)
Fresh pomegranates begin to ripen in September and are usually available through January

Where do they grow?
When choosing a fresh pomegranate, look for one with a deep purplish-red color that is heavy and dense for its size.
Many stores will carry the arils prepared and ready to eat, making them even easier to enjoy.
The juice is available at most grocers even when pomegranates are not in season, so you can benefit from the healthy antioxidants year round.

POMEGRANATE MOJITO


Dairy-free ● Fat-free ● Gluten-free ● Vegan ● Paleo
Crisp and refreshing, this drink is a delicious way enjoy pomegranate juice. Serve up this virgin cocktail anytime of day, or add a little rum to make things interesting.

Serves 1 / Prep time 5 min
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons Stevia or sugar substitute of your choice
10 fresh mint leaves
1 cup Ice
2 tablespoons pomegranate juice
2 tablespoons club soda
Pomegranate seeds (optional)
1 lime wedge (optional)

Ingredient tip: Traditionally, Mojitos are made with granulated sugar. If you don’t mind the extra calories, you can substitute sugar or agave syrup for the Stevia. Don’t forget that adding it, or a shot of rum, will change the nutritional values listed below.
In a cocktail shaker or large study glass, combine the mint, Stevia and lime juice. Muddle the ingredients until the mint leaves and limes are well mashed. If you don’t own a muddler, the blunt end of a cooking utensil like a spatula or wooden spoon will do the trick just fine.

Add pomegranate juice (and rum if you choose to) and mix well.
Place the ice in a glass and pour the mixture over the ice. Add the club soda and briefly stir.
Garnish with a few pomegranate seed and a lime wedge (optional).

Per Serving (1 drink)
Calories 31 ; Carbohydrates 8g ; Fat 0g ; Protein 0g

S.A.M. SALAD WITH POMEGRANATE SEEDS


Dairy-free ● Fat-free ● Gluten-free ● Vegan ● Paleo
Tender spinach, buttery avocado, and sweet mango pair perfectly with the tangy juice bursting out of each pomegranate seed. With antioxidants, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and fiber, this salad will satisfy your taste buds and boost your health. Enjoy with grilled chicken breast or your favorite protein to make this meal complete.

Serves 1 / Prep time 15 min / Assembly 3 min
For the dressing
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon lime juice
½ teaspoon dried basil
½ teaspoon dried cilantro
½ teaspoon salt
⅛ teaspoon ground ginger
For the salad
2 cups baby spinach leaves
½ mango, peeled and sliced
½ avocado, peeled and sliced
⅓ cup pomegranate seeds
To make the dressing
In a small bowl, combine all ingredients for the dressing. Mix well. Set aside.
To assemble the salad

On a large plate, spread the baby spinach leaves.
Top with alternating slices of mango and avocado.
Spoon the pomegranate seeds on to the center of the salad.
Drizzle the dressing lightly over the entire salad.

Per Serving (1 salad)
Calories 302 ; Carbohydrates 50g ; Fat 12g ; Protein 5g

POMEGRANATE PORK ROAST


Dairy-free ● Gluten-free ● Paleo
This savory roast is extremely simple to make but tastes like fine dining. After just a few hours in the slow cooker, you’ll find a tender piece of meat packed with flavor, ready to enjoy with your favorite vegetable side dishes.

Serves: 4 / Prep time: 15 min / Cook time: 4 hours / Rest: 10 min
1 (16 ounce) pork loin
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 cup pomegranate juice

Clean the pork loin and pat dry. Place the pork loin on a large plate and aside.
In a small bowl combine the oregano, coriander, chili powder, black pepper, salt and cayenne pepper. Mix completely. Coat the entire pork loin evenly in the mix of dry spices, then place the pork loin into the slow cooker.
In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, minced garlic, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, and maple syrup. Stir until well blended. Gently spoon the mixture over the pork loin.

Pour the pomegranate juice into the slow cooker, gently drizzling some over the pork loin.
Set the slow cooker to high. Roast for 4 hours.

Gently transfer the pork loin from the slow cooker to a serving dish. Let rest for 10 minutes before carving. Serve warm.

Serving tip: The drippings are delicious drizzled over the pork, or you can use them to make a flavorful gravy.

Per Serving (4 ounces of meat and ¼ total drippings)
Calories 245 ; Carbohydrates 16.8g ; Fat 11g ; Protein 24g


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5 Drink Options That May Help You Lose Weight

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Most of the diets require you to abstain from drinks entirely. This is because many of the drinks either contain alcohol or they consist of a high quantity of sugar. The truth is that there are a few drink options which will actually help you in losing weight.

Whenever you’re looking to consume any kind of drink or beverage, you have to go for these drink options.

Also, check out: Should You Quit Dairy Products





1 Water:
You need to keep in mind that water will not only help you satisfy your thirst but it will also ensure that you do not consume any calories. Moreover, you will be able to keep your body hydrated as well. With the help of proper hydration, the metabolic activity will be much better which will help you in losing weight.

2 Green tea:
Green tea not only consists of antioxidants but also speeds up the metabolic activity in the body. As a result, the digestion process is improved. This means that the accumulation of fat is reduced. As a result, you can lose weight.

3 Coffee:
You need to keep in mind that you have to consume coffee in the right form. Only when you consume it in the right from that is without milk and sugar, you will be able to gain any kind of benefits. When you consume it without any milk and sugar, the calories in the coffee will be limited as well. As a result, you will be able to consume coffee on a regular basis.

4 Kombucha:
This beverage helps you in improving the current health. Once that is improved, you can be sure that the harmful bacteria will be eliminated from the body. This will ensure that the digestive process is improved which will ensure that you are able to actually lose weight.

5 Turmeric milk:
If you’re drinking warm milk or tea, you have to think about adding turmeric to it. With the help of turmeric, not only you will be able to get a beverage which tastes different but also you will be able to limit the fat accumulation in the body as well. Moreover, it has antioxidant effects as well which will actually help you in avoiding the infections in the body.

Thus, when you’re looking at the drink options which will actually help you in losing weight, these are the few options which you need to look at. With the help of these few options, it will indeed become much easier for you to lose weight. Instead of avoiding drinks altogether, you have to opt for the drinks which are actually beneficial for you when you’re trying to lose weight. Also, these drinks are widely available which ensures that even when you’re eating outside, you will be able to get these drinks as well. Thus, instead of avoiding the beverages altogether, you have to ensure that you are consuming healthy beverages.

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3 Foods That Benefit Your Brain Health

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Normally, when you’re looking to consume the foodstuffs, you might only look for the foodstuffs which are lower in calories. Once you look for these foods, it will become much easier for you to opt for the healthy variants as well. You have to always keep in mind that when it comes to consuming foodstuffs, you have to look at the overall benefits. There are a few foodstuffs which actually help you in improving your brain health as well. When you are able to opt for these foodstuffs, it will certainly become much easier for you to gain overall benefits as well.

We will today specifically speak about 3 food which can actually help you in improving your brain health.

Also, check out: Changing Your Eating Habits

1Eating the green leafy vegetables and fruits:
You have to always ensure that you are eating green leafy vegetables as well as fresh fruits. These will help you in avoiding depression. Moreover, these will improve your memory as well. These also have anti-inflammatory properties which will help cognitive functions in the brain. That is why you have to think about consuming these foodstuffs.

2 Eggs and chicken:
Another great option which you have got is to go with the eggs and chicken. With the help of both of these options, you will be able to fire up the neurotransmitters in your brain. As a result, memory retention will be improved and there will be proper cognitive development as well. You have to keep this factor in mind and after that only think about including chicken and eggs in your diet.

3 Foods which are rich in vitamin D:
You need to keep in mind that even though, there are very little foods which consist of vitamin D if you are able to consume them on a regular basis in any form, you can be sure that the brain longevity is improved significantly. Moreover, if you’re not able to consume them in any kind of foodstuffs like fatty fish, you can even opt for exposure to sunlight in the morning. If you would like to find out about the food sources, then you can go with the egg yolks as well as mushroom as well.

With the help of these foods, you can be sure that the cognitive power will certainly be improved. With the increased cognitive power, it will become easier for you to increase your physical as well as mental activity. As a result, you will be able to lead a more fulfilling life quite easily. You have to just make sure that you are including these foodstuffs on a regular basis in your diet. As long as you do so it will indeed become much easier for you to lead a healthier diet. You might not have to rely on any kind of supplements as well as long as you are including the natural sources.

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What Should You Know About Supplements Before Taking Them?

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Most of the people think that supplements are the shortcut to getting the kind of physique which they want. This is not true at all. You need to keep in mind that you should only take supplements when necessary. If you’re taking supplements just for the sake of it, there can be quite a few side effects as well.

We will today share with you a few things which you need to know about supplements.

Also, check out: The Importances of Great Supplements

1 Type of supplements:
You need to understand that 1st and foremost, you need to know about the various type of supplements. Generally speaking, supplements can be divided into 2 types. These are:

Food supplements: Food supplements are taken in order to provide the essential nutrients to the body. These are taken in order to ensure that you do not suffer from any kind of deficiency.

Non-food supplements: On the other hand, when you’re consuming non-food supplements, they are often consumed for getting help with the workout or the muscle synthesis process.

Thus, when you’re speaking about supplements you have to be pretty clear regarding the type of supplements which you are speaking about.

2 Supplements which help with the workout:
The non-food supplements can help you with the workout. Then again, there are quite a few types of non-food supplements. Some of the supplements include:

• Carbohydrate-based supplements
• Electrolytes

You have to look at the function of each and every type of supplement before directly taking it. When you are able to do that, it will become easier for you to pick the right kind of supplement. As far as possible, you should keep away from the synthetic supplements. It is a good idea to stick to only the supplements which are made from natural or organic ingredients.

3 Side effects of supplements:
Just like anything else, when you’re taking any substance or any kind of supplement in excessive quantity, there will be definite side effects. That is why, instead of just going on taking the supplements, you have to know your limit. That is why it is a good idea to consult a professional before consuming the supplements.

Thus, instead of thinking that supplements are the shortcut to a great physique, you have to keep these 3 factors in mind. When you know more about supplements and take professional advice, which is only when it is a good idea to consume supplements regularly. Otherwise, you should stay away from supplements and try to build your physique the natural way.

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