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Pomegranate Salad

Gluten-Free, Vegan, Raw

This super simple pomegranate salad is a perfect for a thanksgiving or holiday party side dish. It is virtually allergen-free, tastes both refreshing and indulgent and is packed with antioxidants.

Ingredients

3 pomegranates
6 clementines/cuties, or 2 oranges, chopped
¼ cup chopped fresh mint leaves
Sprinkle with chopped pistachios (optional)

Nutrition Facts

It’s healthy.

Instructions

Combine pomegranate seeds, clementines, and mint and let sit for several hours before serving to allow flavors to blend. This pomegranate salad is delicious with pistachios sprinkled on top.

Nutrition Tips

If you’re feeling really lazy about breaking down a few pomegranates, and I can relate, because I often do, you can buy the seeds ready to go and save yourself some time. Aside from that step this salad take about 5 minutes to make. Use organic mint if possible, and beware of the staining nature of pomegranate juice (don’t make this wearing light colored clothing, I know from experience).

Pomegranate is a superfood. It contains high amounts of Vitamin C, K, fiber and even some protein. Pomegranate has risen in fruit fame due to a compound called punicalagin, believed to have 3x the antioxidant power of green tea and red wine. There are studies showing pomegranate juice lowered PSA numbers (prostate health), CRP (an inflammatory marker in heart disease), LDL cholesterol and improved memory. Clementines and mint don’t fall far behind when it comes to nutrient density. All these ingredients contain potent flavonoids which help repair cellular damage.

Chinese Nutritional Therapy

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), pomegranate is a yin tonic, meaning it helps nourish yin energy. Yin energy cools and hydrates the body. Deficiency of yin energy can elicit symptoms like dry mouth, dry skin, night sweats, ringing in the ears, hair loss, fatigue, waking up during the night, high thirst, and dry eyes. Pomegranate is traditionally used to help boost fertility, treat digestive imbalances in particular parasites and diarrhea, and to aid with weight loss.

If you need help balancing digestion, treating menopausal symptoms, fertility, or boosting energy, try acupuncture.

Learn More

Read more about the Benefits of Flavonoids in your food.

Another antioxidant packed side dish is Creamed Kale and Spinach.

Try this holiday recipe: Red Quinoa Winter Salad.

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2018-07-20T21:38:28-06:00

About the Author:

Caitlin Gordon, M.S., L.Ac., C.M.F.P., is a functional medicine clinician, board-certified acupuncturist, and transformative health coach based in Boulder, Colorado. Owner of Amaluna Wellness, Caitlin treats patients online and in-person. She specializes in treating stress, anxiety, and depression without pharmaceuticals.

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