5 Pomegranate Recipes to Try

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It’s pomegranate season, y’all!  Now through the end of February, this nutrient dense, antioxidant rich fruit is full of great benefits and flavor!  It’s packed with zinc, calcium, iron, magnesium, and potassium, just to name a few.   Around the holidays, pomegranates are great to toss into soups, salads, dinner meals, sweets, or even in a beverage. Check out these five delicious-looking recipes I’m going to try.

5-Ingredient Pear Pomegranate Salsa -- made with five fresh and tasty ingredients! gimmesomeoven.com

pear pomegranate salad

No-Bake Chocolate Pomegranate Tart | giverecipe.com | #tart #chocolate #pomegranate #fall

no-bake chocolate pomegranate tart

Honey, Pomegranate, Pecan Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps... light, fresh, and mayo-free. Perfect for a refreshing lunch or dinner! #glutenfree | iowagirleats.com:

honey, pomegranate, pecan lettuce wraps

Pomegranate Moscow Mule. The perfect Winter Cocktail! Be holiday ready with this delicious drink!

pomegranate Moscow mules

Moroccan Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese Soup w/Coconut Ginger Cream + Pistachios | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

butternut squash + goat cheese soup topped with pomegranates

I’ve scoured the internet trying to find the best way to deseed a pomegranate, and this 7-step tutorial is definitely the best.

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 What are your favorite ways to eat a pomegranate? 

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Rosemary Lemonade

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As I’ve mentioned before, I love fruit-infused water. A few of my favorite combos are basil and blueberries and basically any two fruits with mint. The mint has such a strong flavor that makes anything taste delicious. My new favorite is this refreshing rosemary lemonade that I found on A Beautiful Mess. Now, that I have rosemary right outside my back door, I was excited to give it a shot. It’s easy enough to throw together before work or sip on beside the pool. Next time, I think I’m going to add Club soda to make it a spritzer, but it’s still good.

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To make one drink, here’s what you need:

1 large lemon, sliced in half
1 tsp. granulated sugar (or agave nectar)
6-10 rosemary leaves
hot water + ice
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To make a pitcher: use 5-7 lemons, a cup of granulated sugar, and 20-30 rosemary leaves. Directions are the same.

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Directions:

First, mix your sugar in hot water together so it will melt. Next, pour over ice. Then squeeze the lemon as much as you can. If you have a juicer, this is much easier. I did it the hard way! Pick out any seeds that fall out. Toss in your rosemary leaves and give it all a stir. Let sit for a couple of minutes to allow the rosemary to infuse in. Enjoy!

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Skinny Mojito

When I went to New York last November with my office peeps, my boss and her son got me hooked on mojitos. I’d never had one before and I can say I’ve had one of the best, according to them. The bartender at our hotel, the W hotel on Lexington, used 10 Cane rum and created the perfect mixture between mint and lime. I’ve yet had another like it. It was pure magic.

I saw this recipe for a skinny mojitoI knew I had to try it out based upon my new-found knowledge of the “perfect mixture.” I am trying to work on that bikini bod before summer, so I have to keep track of those calories. Yuck! This one has a total of 146, that’s less than a Coke! It wasn’t near as good as the one in New York, but it was good none the less. Especially, when you need a drink after a long day at work.

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Skinny Mojito
recipe adapted from Leaving The Rut

Ingredients:
2 ounces of white rum
8-10 mint leaves
1 lime, sliced
diet-tonic water (mini cans of Chek)
1/4 tsp. of granulated sugar

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Directions:
Pick the mint leaves and put them in your glass. Squeeze several slices of lime into the glass and add the squeezed limes to the cup. Sprinkle the sugar into the cup on top of the limes and the mint. The sugar helps break up the mint leaves when you muddle it and releases the flavor. Using the muddler (or the handle of a wooden spoon) and moderate pressure muddle the limes, mint and sugar together. If you do not muddle them well enough you run the risk of not being able to taste the mint. Once, you start smelling the mint you’re muddled. Now fill your glass with ice almost to the top. Add 2 oz. of white rum. Top your drink off with the Diet-Tonic water, stir and serve.

Total calories: 146 – cha-ching!

PS: This is a great virgin drink, too. Just take the rum out and add a teensy splash of vanilla. Trust me, it’s goooooooood.
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Blueberry, Banana and Kale Smoothie

This smoothie was one I actually created myself by trial and error. I finally got the mixture down and it’s delicious. It’s packed full of energy and leafy greens and the best part is, it doesn’t have the crazy green color that freaks most people out. I’ve only been able to tolerate a few green smoothies because they are just so over-powerful. But this one is and it’s perfect for a quick breakfast, after a workout, or just an afternoon snack.

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Blueberry, Banana and Kale Smoothie
via Thirty-Seventh Avenue

 Ingredients:
1/2 cup of blueberries
1 whole banana
1 cup of natural/organic applesauce (kid’s pack)
1/2 tbsp. of flaxseed
1/4 cup of raw oats
1 cup of kale
a drizzle of agave
4-5 ice cubes

Directions:
Mix all ingredients together in a blender. Serve cold.

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Tip: Freeze your blueberries and bananas for a thicker smoothie.

I’m definitely looking forward to summer. I’ll be making one of these every day!

A Healthy Duo

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I am the typical run-out-the-door kind of girl in the mornings. I barely have time to dress myself, much less make breakfast. As with the New Year, I like to change my eating habits, well all habits for that matter. Most days, I would run to McDonald’s some local chain and grab a coffee and a biscuit and feel bloated for the rest of the day.

That’s why my love for Naked juices and KIND bars is real.

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Gingerbread Latte

If you’re anything like me, you love to swing by the local coffee shop for a $6 warm coffee beverage. Maybe it’s a Pumpkin Spice Latte or some other coffee concoction. One of my favorites is the Gingerbread Latte around Christmastime. It’s the perfect balance of sweet, spice and java. So of course, when I figured out how to use my Imusa espresso machine that I got from my parent’s, that was the first thing I wanted to try out. The result is an easy to make, Nora Jones free, Gingerbread Latte.
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