By now, we've all heard that pomegranates are healthy, but let's face it: between the heavy peel and messy seeds (with juice that stains…ugh, we've all been there), it's easy to get intimidated by this strange fruit. Truth be told, pomegranates are a fan-favorite superfood because they're so uniquely delicious, surprisingly versatile, and can enhance all varieties of recipes – from sweet to savory.
In terms of health benefits, pomegranates are well known for their immune-boosting properties that support longevity. Plus, they’re delightfully packed with healthy vitamins and minerals that your body needs replenished on a daily basis.
Just take a look at this impressive list of major nutrients:
• Vitamin C
• Vitamin K
• Folate (folic acid)
• Amino acids
• Antioxidant phytoestrogens
• Omega-3 fatty acids
Additionally, medical researchers have extensively studied pomegranate's impressive effects on heart health, weight control and a reduced risk of various other health conditions. Pomegranate is one of the most highly regarded fruits with a truly impressive amount of scientific research available to back up its many health claims.
In addition to all the amazing benefits of pomegranate, something else that makes this fruit special is that you can enjoy it in several different forms. Most often, you'll see pomegranate used in recipes in its whole seed form. Here, the delicious seeds are extracted by cutting the crown of the fruit, removing some of the pith, scoring the skin, immersing and soaking the fruit in water, and finally, separating the seeds. Alternatively, pomegranate juice can be purchased, which is made from the pressed juicy seed membranes, and used in everything from smoothies to sauces.
Perhaps one of the most enjoyable ways to relish in the deliciousness of this rich and juicy fruit is to make recipes with Navitas Organics Pomegranate Powder. This unique powder is created from the red seeds called “arils.” Once harvested, the arils from the organic fruit are removed, juiced, freeze-dried and then milled into a fine 100 percent real fruit-soluble powder. This conveniently takes all the work out of extracting pomegranate seeds so you can still enjoy their benefits!
Pomegranate Powder has a sweet-tart flavor that's easy to incorporate into recipes for smoothies, dips, dressings, coconut yogurt, energy bars, desserts, and more. Smoothies are so much better with a little pomegranate in the mix, like this antioxidant-rich Razzle Dazzle Smoothie with Pomegranate Powder, Chia Seeds, berries, raspberry juice, and silken tofu. Pomegranate Powder also makes crazy-delicious desserts like sorbet, but truthfully any kind of uncooked dessert recipe can be boosted with a little powder. And don't forget that pomegranate can be used for savory recipes, too! You can whisk it into salad dressings, sauces and glazes to make truly unique meals. Whatever way you use it, you can feel great that your favorite recipes are exceptionally bettered, thanks to the undeniable power of pomegranate.