Have you ever eaten a pomegranate? If you have, you know how delicious one is. If you haven’t, you’re missing out—big time. Not only are you depriving your taste buds of a sweet and tangy treat, but you’re also denying your body of one of the healthiest fruits on this planet.
However, if you’ve ever had a Shakeology®, you’ve fed your body pomegranates, probably without even knowing it. That’s because pomegranates are one of the many superfoods inside of every shake you make.
So now that we’ve told you that pomegranates are incredibly healthy, we have no choice but to elaborate and tell you how this mystical fruit significantly benefits your body.
WHY POMEGRANATES RULE THE SCHOOL:
Packed with more antioxidants than ANY other fruit.
Remember, antioxidants fight those snickering little devils known as free radicals that destroy healthy cells.
Rockin’ with vitamin C.
This vital vitamin promotes a healthy immune system, aids in healing wounds, enhances iron absorption, promotes healthy gums, as well as helps produce collagen and elastin, which are key in helping skin maintain its elasticity.
Incredible source of vitamin B5.
This B vitamin contains tons of anti-inflammatory properties, plus it’s fundamental in metabolizing fats, carbs, and proteins. And who doesn’t want that?
Filled with fiber.
Not only does fiber make our bellies feel full longer, as fiber passes though the stomach and intestines, it absorbs water, which promotes regularity.
Packed with potassium.
Potassium is an electrolyte that helps neutralize acid while restoring alkaline salts into the bloodstream. It also helps prevent muscle cramps, aids in stabilizing blood sugar, and promotes bone and brain health.
Great source of beta-carotene.
Once inside the body, beta-carotene is converted into vitamin A—and this powerful antioxidant is critical for good eyesight, and it also helps promote a healthy immune system.
Rich in tons of other vitamins.
Pomegranates also contain a myriad of other powerful vitamins, such as thiamin, riboflavin, folate, folic acid, and vitamin E—which all play an important role in cell metabolism, enzyme function, and general health.
With all that said, what’s NOT to love about pomegranates?
And since this super-round, thick-skinned, apple-wearing-a-crown-looking fruit is such a densely nutritious food, eat and drink as much of it as possible. And to help you out with your consumption, here are a few delicious pomegranate-infused recipes to enjoy.
(Add ice to make it thick and frosty)
1 scoop Chocolate Vegan Shakeology
1 cup 100% pomegranate juice
½ cup raspberries
1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology
1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
½ cup 100% pomegranate juice
½ cup fresh or frozen blackberries
2 fresh basil leaves
SUPERFOOD SALAD RECIPE
Pomegranate Salad with Walnuts and Cabbage
Total Time: 15 min.
Yield: 4 servings
2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
3 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. raw honey
1 dash sea salt
½ medium head cabbage, finely shredded (about 5 cups)
2 medium carrots, finely shredded
½ cup pomegranate seeds
¼ cup chopped raw walnuts
2 green onions, sliced thin
12 fresh cilantro sprigs, finely chopped
1. Combine oil, vinegar, honey, and salt in a small bowl; whisk to blend. Set aside.
2. Combine cabbage, carrots, pomegranate, walnuts, green onions, and cilantro in a large bowl; mix well.
3. Drizzle cabbage mixture with dressing; toss gently to blend.