I introduced the girls to pomegranates about a month ago. Since then, the sight of the delicious little seeds causes them both to go nuts. You'd think that I was offering them chocolate chip cookies. Quinn shovels handfuls of them in her mouth and quickly begs for more...
I can't say I mind that pomegranates have become baby crack to the girls. They are considered to be a superfood and have numerous health benefits. While the juice is good, the actual seeds will provide you with more nutrition bang for your buck (and will cost less!). Here are a few reasons to eat 'em:
- Loaded with antioxidants (2x more than green tea!) which fight free radicals that contribute to chronic diseases and cancer.
- Packed with vitamin C - we can all use a little bit more of that now that cold/flu season is upon us once again.
- The edible seeds are high in fibre (so you will not get the fibre benefits by drinking the juice)
- Other vitamins and minerals: b-vitamins, vitamin E, vitamin K, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, copper
- Proven to help lower cholesterol
I have never extracted a single pomegranate seed in my life. I have eaten the seeds in salads and can't say that I have even really noticed them. I do believe I have made a challenge for myself this season. To buy extract and taste a pomegranate.ReplyDelete
I'll let you know how it goes. ;-)
Pomegranate seeds deserve a stage of their own. No more salads ;) I can't wait for the update!Delete
I an intrigued also. I've only had the juice. The boys have just taken a serious liking to fruit (funny little guys only like green veggies) I bet they will enjoy pomegranate :)ReplyDelete
I should have included one of the best things about this fruit...put a handful on their plate and it will buy you several minutes to do dishes or just sit ;)Delete
I also have fond memories of my mom and I eating pomegranates when I was a kid. It is a lot of work but so good. My boys weren't fond of them last time I tried, but I will try again this year.ReplyDelete
The full body bibs are required - our day care provider gives Hannah pomegranate (one of the many reasons she is awesome) and it has stained a shirt or two ;) She also loves it!ReplyDelete
Growing up our neighbor grew pomegranates and we ate them all summer for years! Those yummy fruits bring back such great memories. Good to know they are a toddler favorite! I’ll have to remember that when Grace gets a little bigger.ReplyDelete
Happy 18 months to the girls!
Easiest way to get the seeds out in about 3 minutes with no bowl of water..score the entire thing around, then just kind of twist the top from the bottom. Then you kind of make a motion like you are trying to turn a half inside out with one side to loosed up the inside. Turn in into your hand with the seeds facing down. Take a wooden spoon, or large spoon and then just beat on it, turn a little, beat on it and they fall out in a matter of seconds! We had one last night and my little man ate almost the ENTIRE thing!ReplyDelete