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    Ask the Chef: What Are the Benefits of Pomegranate Powder? | Navitas Life: Superfood Lifestyle Blog

    By Julie Morris, Superfood Chef | March 7, 2016

    What makes pomegranate powder so special, and how do I use it in recipes?

    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 one of my all-time favorite superfoods
    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, and are absolutely 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)
    • Potassium
    • Magnesium
    • Phosphorous
    • Calcium
    • Amino acids
    • Antioxidant phytoestrogens
    • Polyphenols
    • Protein
    • Fiber
    • Omega-3 fatty acids

    Additionally, medical researchers have extensively studied pomegranate's impressive effects on breast cancer prevention, heart health, weight control and a reduced risk of type-2 diabetes. Pomegranate is one of the most highly regarded fruits, with a truly impressive amount of scientific research available to back up its many healthy claims.

    In addition to all of 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.

    Personally, I love making recipes with Navitas' 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% real fruit soluble powder. This conveniently takes all the work out of extracting pomegranate seeds so you can still enjoy their benefits! I definitely consider pomegranate powder to be one of the “coolest†products in my healthy kitchen.

    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 Pomegranate Cheesecake, 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.