There is one thing that gets me quite excited – the UPS man. Well, not specifically him, so much. Rather, it’s those lovely little (or big) boxes he delivers to me.
Yes, I am a fiend for mail. I stalk the mailbox, waiting every day in the hopes that something good will arrive. Hmmm . . . guess I am easily amused!
So, well, imagine my delight when I walked into my office one day recently and found a box sitting atop my desk. At first, I wasn’t sure what it could be – I know I am getting old, but I didn’t remember ordering anything. And no holidays or such, so it surely wasn’t a gift from anybody.
What could it be?!?!?!?!
I tore into the box like a toddler on Christmas morning and found . . . .
POM Wonderful juice, to be exact – and lots of it. WOO HOO!!!! How totally wonderful!! Break out the glasses!
Now, I love the actual fruit. The pomegranate is soooooo super tasty. YUM! And what I love most is how totally rocking this stuff is for your body.
The actual fruit, and naturally the juice made from it (including the POM Wonderful) does some amazing things for the body. Those researchers have been at it again and found multiple benefits from consuming this stuff:
Published in the American Journal of the College of Cardiology, it was found that drinking just 8 ounces a day for three months improved the level of oxygen getting to the hearts of those suffering with coronary heart disease.
And from the National Academy of Sciences, treatment with pomegranate extract delayed the formation of tumors in mice. This stuff could possibly help thwart breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer and leukemia.
Then there’s the Journal of Nutrition. Scientists at Case Western Reserve University found human cartilage cells responded positively to a bit of pomegranate extract. Inflammation was reduced and the enzyme that breaks down cartilage was rendered less active. Very cool finding for those with arthritis.
The juice may lower both cholesterol and blood pressure, say the experts. And it might just help in the battle against depression and osteoporosis, too.
And there’s more too – but that sums it up enough for this space!
These little antioxidant powerhouses are fantastically good for us.
But of course, the more important concern is – does this POM Wonderful stuff taste good? Because we know that, no matter how good for us it might be, if it tastes like total crap then the likelihood of us drinking it is pretty darn low.
And so I grasped one of the juicy little bottles, shook it up, cracked it open, and drank it down.
Ever so slightly tart, but kind of refreshing. Mmmmmm . . . I rather liked it. It wasn’t super sweet, as some juices can be. That’s a good thing, though.
Now, it does have sugar – but then it’s the natural stuff of fruit. Hardly any reason to freak out, but just something to be aware of.
And of course, it does have calories, too. An 8 ounce serving will mean you’re drinking 150 calories. Not an extreme amount, but if you’re watching your waist, you obviously want to know what you're pouring into your cute little tummy!Every little calorie matters! I do usually hate to drink my calories - I'd much rather have something I can chew on. But this could work into the master plan on occasion.
But again, I like it. And I think it would be a super duper addition to a smoothie.
There’s also recipes, for drinks and food, using this brilliantly colored stuff – so break out the google and search around for some tasty options. Maybe a little chicken in POM juice, with a POM martini on the side, followed up with some POM truffles? I am drooling just thinking about it!! YUMMERS!!
Also, if not an everyday thing (a bit pricey for the wallet to buy too often and got to watch those calories too!), it would be a nice every so often addition to your diet. It’s so beneficial, after all – and the fruit itself can be a bit messy and difficult to deal with. Much easier to get a little juicy!
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