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Pomegranates, the other forbidden fruit?

Pomegranates date back to the Greek goddess, Aphrodite, where she was said to have planted the first pomegranate tree. Because of their many seeds, pomegranates are often associated with fertility and abundance. Who knew?

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The juice of pomegranates also pack a huge antioxidant punch, which help protect the brain and other parts of the body from the damage of free radicals, which play a huge role in prevention of chronic diseases.

Be on the look out for these lovely fruits- they begin to pop up in stores from September to January and can jazz up any dish or be enjoyed all by their pretty-selves!

Five Ways to Enjoy Pomegranates:

  1. Sprinkled in oatmeal or cold cereal  
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2. In yogurt 

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3. On a salad 

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4. In a festive drink 

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5. Or savor their flavor all on their own  

*Tip: Pomegranate seeds are full of healthful fiber, however, if your body is not used to a high-fiber diet, gradually increase the fiber in your diet each day while consuming lots of water to prevent intestinal upset- your welcome 🙂 

By Functionally Simple Nutrition

Ariana Cucuzza, RDN, LD is the founder of functionallysimplenutrition.com. She is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist specializing in Functional Medicine Nutrition and sports nutrition.

Ariana holds a bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition sciences from Ohio University and went on to complete her dietetic internship at The Cleveland Clinic. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Cleveland chapter of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She also is an active member of the Sports Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN) and Dietitians in Functional Medicine (DIFM) Practice Groups of the national Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has been featured in Health Magazine, Live Science, Rally Health, YouBeauty, US News & World Report and Cleveland Clinic's Health Essentials as well as live appearances with WKYC news.

In her previous role as a public health and community-based dietitian, she led “food as medicine” initiatives in coordination with health care providers to provide nutritious food to low-income patients with diet-related health challenges. She also led nutrition workshops, cooking demonstrations, and assisted with menu planning for afterschool programs and senior meals.

Ariana enjoys cooking, trying new things, and staying active with yoga and Crossfit!

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