It’s pomegranate season right now and for runners who like to eat in-season fruits and vegetables, this sweet and juicy fruit is also a versatile one when it comes to cooking. Pomegranate seeds can go great as a garnish for a fresh, crisp drinks or they can add some tang to a hot, savoury dinner. We rounded up some great winter recipes below for the runner who likes to eat fresh and healthy.
Pomegranate water. Sometimes it can be hard to get those required eight glasses of water down the hatch. Runners need to stay hydrated but if you’re having trouble doing so, jazz things up a little. A plain glass of water can be made appetizing by adding a sprig of rosemary and pomegranate seeds. This is also classy enough to serve guests at a holiday dinner party.
Pear pomegranate salsa. Serve it with nacho chips, pair it with a chicken or fish recipe or, as this food writer suggests, use the leftovers to make a nice arugula salad. What we’re saying here is that the options are endless.
Cranberry pomegranate energy balls. Sometimes you need to change things up from the classic peanut butter or chocolate-flavoured energy balls. This recipe features a nice blend of honey, almond, cranberry and pomegranate. These tastes won’t be overpowering and have a nice festive spin.
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Zucchini pasta with pomegranate seed. This is one good-looking dinner. Not only will a plate of this zucchini pasta look worthy enough to be featured in glossy magazine pages, but it also is light and healthy without compromising taste. This is a nice alternative for days when your basic spaghetti is tired or when runners are looking to get in all their fruits and veggies.
Pomegranate sesame chicken pilaf. Pictured above, this drool-worthy dish is as healthy as it is delicious. Made with an abundance of mushrooms, fresh broccoli and pomegranate seeds, this one is good enough to serve the family or house guests over the holidays. Swap the rice for quinoa or use brown or multi grain wild rice to keep things extra healthy.
Goat cheese and pomegranate stuffed chicken. Stuffed with goat cheese, this one is a little bit of an indulgence, however it’s an extra yummy one. Serve alongside a hot winter salad to make this a meal you’re going to want to cozy up to after a chilly winter run.