Another food to eat is pomegranate. You just can’t find a more perfect food for (heart health month ablaze in the color red) than the ancient pomegranate seed.
The pomegranate has a rich and colorful history having been around for 4,000 years. Throughout history, the pomegranate has been a symbol of hope, prosperity and abundance. Small but mighty, these little bubble-like (juice packed) seeds are considered a true “superfood” because of their high nutrient content.RELATED: RECOMMENDED PLANS FOR YOU
For a mere 70 calories per half cup of seeds you get a nice amount of the minerals calcium, magnesium and potassium as well as a shot of vitamin C and a whopping 5 grams of dietary fiber.
Try sprinkling red pomegranate seeds on anything and everything from salads to pancakes!
Recipe: Oatmeal Protein Pancakes with Pomegranate seeds
Start by adding shredded beets to your pancakes for a natural red food coloring and additional antioxidants and phytochemicals.
Yield: 2 pancakes (1/3 cup of mixture per pancake)
- 2 fluid ounces of egg whites (or 2 eggs with the yolk removed)
- 1/3 cup of rolled oats
- ½ medium banana, mashed
- 2 teaspoons of ground flax seed
- 1 teaspoons of cinnamon
- 2 Tablespoon of beets, shredded *
Topping: pomegranate seeds
Additional topping ideas: blueberries, blackberries, chocolate chips, unsweetened coconut, and unsweetened cocoa powder
* if you don’t have beets on hand, you can substitute minced or pureed strawberries
Mix all the ingredients into a small bowl to make the pancake batter.
Spray a pan with olive oil or canola oil.
Place 1/3 cup of the pancake batter on the pan.
On medium heat, lightly brown each side of the pancake.
Serve immediately with optional toppings.
“Our bodies are our gardens – our wills are our gardeners.” ~ William Shakespeare