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Powering up with antioxidant foods and drinks

Research shows that it takes 66 days to form a habit. For a lot of us, it’s been more than 66 days since our daily routines changed overnight. What new habits have you formed during this time? Michelle Dudash, RDN, registered dietitian, chef and author of Clean Eating for Busy Families says, one great habit to start is including more antioxidant-powered foods in your routine.

1. Power up with antioxidants and fuel yourself with healthy food and drink for the best offense and defense all year long.

Including more antioxidants in your diet doesn’t have to be time consuming or include exotic, far-away foods, supplements, or powders. Look no further than your neighborhood grocer!

2. Choose beverages wisely for antioxidants and to maximize benefits.

Choose a good 100% juice that is as close to nature as possible and closest to the source, to help ensure you are maximizing the benefits.

One of the simplest ways you can get a lot of antioxidants is with a glass of POM 100% Pomegranate Juice. Michelle works with POM Wonderful to help share the power of antioxidants.

POM Wonderful 100% pomegranate juice is made with the juice from whole-pressed pomegranates, including the rind, pith and arils in the fruit, and nothing more – no fillers, colors, preservatives, and never any added sugar.

I love the 8-ounce bottles, which are easy to grab and go.

I keep the larger bottles of POM on hand for use in recipes, where I want some natural sweetness without any added sugar. It’s really versatile, like in smoothies, salads, and drink recipes.

This Gingery POM Mojito Mocktail or Cocktail is so refreshing and the freshly grated ginger in this drink also delivers antioxidants.

3. Pomegranate Juice-Glazed Salmon

Salmon has antioxidants, too. Wild salmon is in peak season right now, so enjoy it while you can.

Try this Pomegranate Juice-Glazed Salmon. Simmer pomegranate juice, soy sauce, ginger, and garlic in a pan. Meanwhile, sear the salmon in a pan, flip it, and glaze with half of the pomegranate glaze. Finish it in the oven.

Serve it with a spinach and shredded carrot salad for an added boost of antioxidants.

Gingery POM Wonderful Mojito Mocktail 

A mojito is a popular cocktail that was born in Cuba. But it doesn’t matter where you’re born to enjoy it and its white rum, soda water, lime juice, sugar, and fresh mint. But what can you sip on if you prefer to a beverage with no added sugars or spirits—or both? This recipe! Pomegranate juice provides a lovely sweet-tartness and rich pink color. Ginger creates zing. It’s kind of invigorating!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure rum extract (optional)
  • 10 fresh mint leaves
  • 3/4 cup sparkling/soda water, chilled

Instructions:

  1. Add the pomegranate juice, lime juice, ginger, rum extract (if using), and mint leaves to a shaker container or 1 1/2- to 2-cup capacity jar. Shake vigorously for at least 15 seconds. 
  2. Pour into two 2-cup capacity jars or tall glasses filled with ice, add the sparkling/soda water, and serve.

Makes: 2 servings

Serving size: 1 mocktail (about 7 ounces without ice)

Per serving: 70 calories, 0g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 15mg sodium, 18g total carbohydrate, 0g dietary fiber, 17g sugars includes 0g added sugars, 1g protein

POM Wonderful Pomegranate Juice-Glazed Salmon

Servings: 4

Pan-seared salmon topped with a ginger-infused pomegranate glaze.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup P0M Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice
  • 2 tsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tsp finely minced fresh ginger
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 ¼ pounds salmon, skin-on, cut into four fillets
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp chopped, fresh chives
  • Optional: pomegranate arils, if available, for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Place the pomegranate juice, soy sauce, ginger and garlic in a small saucepan and set over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and cook until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Take off heat and set aside.
  3. Heat the oil in a large, non-stick skillet, such as cast iron, over medium-high heat. Add the salmon, skin-side up and cook, undisturbed until lightly golden, about 5 minutes. Carefully flip over, brush half of the pomegranate glaze over salmon and place in the oven. Cook until internal temperature reaches 145°F, about another 5-6 minutes.
  4. Remove salmon from the skillet and place on plates. Drizzle tops with remaining glaze then garnish with lime juice, chives and pomegranate arils, if using.

Nutrition per serving: 260 calories, 29g protein, 6g carbohydrate, less than 1 g fiber, 5g sugar, 0g added sugar, 12g fat, 2g saturated fat, 80mg cholesterol, 300mg sodium, 760mg potassium

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