One of our favorite wintertime fruits is pomegranate! These deep red fruits contain tons of antioxidants. Did you know that the seeds are called arils? Besides being delicious, pomegranates provide a variety of potential health benefits

1. Reduce inflammation. Can relieve inflammation in the gut as well as joints. Helpful for people with arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease. 

2. Lower risk for heart disease. Studies have shown that pomegranate juice can improve blood flow. It can also reduce the buildup of plaque and cholesterol in arteries. 
3. Reduce blood pressure. Having pomegranate on a regular basis can lower blood pressure.
4. May reduce cancer risk. Taking pomegranate juice or extract daily can reduce markers for prostate and breast cancer in the blood. In lab studies, pomegranate can slow the cancer cell growth rate.
5. Help with bacterial and fungal infections. Pomegranate can combat some types of bacteria as well as yeast. These effects may be protective against infections of the mouth like gingivitis. 
Apple and Pomegranate Smoothie
Servings: 2 smoothies
1 cup plain greek yogurt 
1/2 cup milk (or alternative milk)
1 apple, cubed 
1 cup pomegranate seeds 
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup ice cubes
1. Place yogurt, milk, apple, pomegranate, cinnamon, and ice into a high powered blender. 
2. Blend on high for 1 minute or until smooth.
3. Pour smoothie into two glasses. 
4. Serve immediately. 
Serving Size: 1 smoothie

Nutrition Information per Serving: 233 calories, 2.7 grams total fat, 1 grams of saturated fat, 35 grams carbohydrate, 6 grams fiber, 12.4 grams protein, 63 milligrams sodium, 510 milligrams potassium, 27 grams sugar
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