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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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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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