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How to Eat Pomegranate Properly

How to Eat Pomegranate Properly

Pomegranates are that delicious red fruit that show up in stores during the fall season. They are also known as the Chinese apple. Unlike the regular apple, though, you actually eat the seeds. You can also eat the white pithy part surrounding the seeds, but you don’t eat the tough outer skin.

Though it takes some work, the tangy flavor and versatility of the pomegranate is a great addition to your fall and early winter menu.

Pomegranates are a superfood, too, meaning they are filled with lots of things that are good for you: vitamin C, antioxidants, and potassium among others. Their list of benefits include fighting cancer, improving dental health, and lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease.

This guide will give you tips on selecting, cutting and how to eat pomegranate.

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Selecting a Pomegranate

At the store, look for fruits that feel heavy for their size and otherwise undamaged. The skin is very thick, and does a great job of protecting the fruit, so a blemish here and there is completely fine.

Cutting the Fruit

Your best bet when it comes to pomegranates is putting a paper towel beneath the fruit, regardless of what surface you’re using. The juice stains almost anything it touches and the paper towel will help to absorb some of it as you cut.

Cut off the top of the fruit, and then the bottom.

Now, imagine the fruit has four equal sections. You want to score the skin in all four of these sections. Don’t cut all the way through; just go deep enough to break the skin and get to the white pith. This way, you’re minimizing cutting into the juicy seeds.

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The Dry Method

Next, pull the fruit apart, yielding the four sections.

Using your fingers, pull off the fleshy seeds and put them into a bowl. Bend the skin back to help you get more seeds away from the pith.

The Water Method

Or, if you prefer, fill a bowl with water and place the scored pomegranate in the bowl, with the water covering it as much as possible. Pull the fruit apart into the four sections and begin pulling the skin back from the seeds. That will help the white pith detach from the seeds and float to the top. The seeds will sink to the bottom.

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Using the water method minimizes juice from squirting onto you or other surfaces.

Once you have separated the seeds, skim off as much pith from the surface of the water as you can; you can use a wire mesh to help capture more of it. Don’t worry if you don’t get every single piece, because you’re going to strain it.

Strain the Seeds

Pour the seeds (and water if you used the water method) into a strainer. Take off any remaining pith and rinse the seeds.

Eating the Pomegranate Seeds

At this point, you can place the seeds into a nice bowl and eat them as-is. Or, sprinkle a little cinnamon and sugar on them to sweeten them a bit more.

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But, you don’t have to stop there: you can use them in different recipes. Any recipe that calls for dried cranberries is a great candidate for using pomegranate. Use them in salads, as part of the stuffing for acorn squash, with nuts, crepes or even in salsa!

You can also use them in your favorite desserts: put them in whipped cream over pumpkin pie, over ice cream drizzled with caramel, or as part of a cobbler recipe.

Make Pomegranate Juice

If it’s juice you want, follow the procedure above to separate the seeds from the pith. Take the seeds and put a cup or two into a blender and then strain the juice with cheesecloth. Remember that the juice stains surfaces, so be careful as you blend.

Another way to make the juice is to roll a whole pomegranate on a hard surface while pressing firmly but gently. The seeds will pop, releasing their juice inside the fruit. Poke a straw or other utensil in the skin to release the juice.

Pomegranates are a great seasonal fruit and their versatility is making them a holiday favorite!

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Cyndi Calhoun

Cyndi is a passionate writer who writes about lifestyle tips on Lifehack.

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Last Updated on May 22, 2019

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

1. Cat Camel Stretch

Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

Here’s a video to guide you through:

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2. Go for a Walk or a Run

This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

3. Jumping Jacks

Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

4. Abductor Side Lifts

Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

5. Balancing Table Pose

This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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    6. Leg Squats

    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

    7. Push Ups

    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

    8. Bicycle Crunches

    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

    9. Lunges

    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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    10. Bicep Curls

    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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