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5 Fresh Ways to Use Pomegranates this Winter

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This vibrant winter fruit is known for its sweet, tart flavor that elevates ho-hum oatmeal, salads and rice bowls. These gem-like seeds also have antioxidant levels that rival powerhouses like green tea and red wine. A great source of fiber, vitamin C and vitamin A, pomegranates shine in these five recipes — all with 400 calories or less.

1. POMEGRANATE OATMEAL SNACK CUPS | MYFITNESSPAL’S FEATURED RECIPES

Naturally sweetened with ripe banana and pomegranate juice, these fiber-rich baked oat cups make a convenient, on-the-go breakfast. Top with almond, cashew or any other nut butter. Recipe makes 6 servings at 2 cups each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 200; Total Fat: 8g; Saturated Fat: 5g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 71mg; Sodium: 464mg; Carbohydrate: 26g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 6g; Protein: 6g

2. BABY KALE SALAD WITH POMEGRANATE SEEDS AND PECANS | THE ENDLESS MEAL

Great for a potluck or light lunch, this salad is full of texture and flavor thanks to pomegranate seeds and candied pecans. Swap the pecans for toasted walnuts to reduce the sugar content. Recipe makes 4 servings at 1/4 recipe each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 400; Total Fat: 25g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 16g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 38mg; Carbohydrate: 26g; Dietary Fiber: 5g; Sugar: 19g; Protein: 6g

3. POMEGRANATE SWEET POTATO RICE BOWLS WITH GOAT CHEESE | INSPIRALIZED

An ideal recipe for one, this bowl helps you meet your daily vegetable quota. High in vitamin A — important for eye and skin health — this dish is easily made vegan by cutting the goat cheese.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 281; Total Fat: 15g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 10g; Cholesterol: 2mg; Sodium: 200mg; Carbohydrate: 37g; Dietary Fiber: 5g; Sugar: 17g; Protein: 3g

4. BEEF FILETS WITH POMEGRANATE-PINOT SAUCE | MYFITNESSPAL’S FEATURED RECIPES

If you love to pair your steaks with a good pinot noir, this pinot reduction sauce is right up your alley. Flavored with pomegranate juice, this five-star recipe is high in protein and low in calories. Recipe makes 4 servings at 1 steak plus 2 teaspoons sauce each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 236; Total Fat: 11g; Saturated Fat: 5g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 84mg; Sodium: 333mg; Carbohydrate: 4g; Dietary Fiber: 0g; Sugar: 3g; Protein: 25g

5. PUMPKIN POMEGRANATE BLONDIES | KIM’S CRAVINGS

Tart pomegranate arils complement the mild pumpkin flavor in this low-sugar blondie recipe. What’s more, this recipe requires only one bowl and can be mixed up in minutes. Recipe makes 20 servings at 1 blondie each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 43; Total Fat: 2g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 19mg; Sodium: 39mg; Carbohydrate: 5g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugar: 4g; Protein: 1g

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