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How to Party with a Low-Calorie Pomegranate

Low-Calorie Pomegranate

Enjoy the low-calorie pomegranate and its powerful punch of antioxidants

The pomegranate fruit and its treasured ruby-red seeds are only available about three months out of the year, and December is prime-time.  There are many uses for this fruit despite its limited availability. You can use it as a garnish, with a few seeds sprinkled in a fruit cup or rice pilaf to add some dramatic flare. Or, imagine the bright red seeds embedded in a green salad or guacamole, you’ll have a healthy and delicious holiday dish in a flash! You can also eat the seeds by the handful as a sweet & sour crunchy treat that packs a powerful supply of antioxidants, not to mention a low-calorie, which makes it a handy weight loss snack.

See the full recipe below.

Low-Calorie Pomegranate

6 Steps to open a pomegranate:

  1. Cut the crown and bottom end off the pomegranate.
  2. Lightly cut 4 lines from top to bottom of rind, creating four sections
  3. Immerse fruit in a bowl of cold water
  4. Hold fruit under water and break sections apart, separating seeds from membrane. Seeds will sink while rind and membrane float.
  5. Skim off and discard membranes and rind.
  6. Pour seeds into a colander; drain and remove any remaining membrane.

Warning: the juice makes a permanent stain, so protect your clothing with a bib apron.  If you don’t want to cut your own pomegranate, you can purchase just the seeds from most grocery stores and Trader Joe’s, but their shelf life is very limited.

You may also want to watch this YouTube video that demonstrates the above 6 instructions.

A Recipe to Prepare a Low-Calorie Pomegranate Guacamole Snack

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Ingredients

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • ½ onion, chopped fine
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • Juice of one fresh lemon
  • 3 Tbsp. of pomegranate seeds

Instructions:

  1. Mash avocados in bowl or food processor.
  2. Add other ingredients and stir gently.

Uses

  • As a dip with cut, fresh vegetables or inside tortillas & pita
  • As a smear on a fresh piece of gluten-free bread and a sprinkle of pomegranate seeds on top
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