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February 6, 2009

Chris and I love these:

Pomegranate Seeds

Pomegranate Seeds

We’ll sprinkle them on everything and have been known to go through a case of 12 pomegranates in one week (thank you Costco!).  So, when Molly over at POM Wonderful offered to send us some of their juice to sample, we eagerly accepted. Thanks Molly!

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Some interesting facts about POM juice & the fruit itself:

  • POM Wonderful is the only brand guaranteed to contain 100% pomegranate juice with no added sugars.
  • Pomegranates are one of mankind’s earliest cultivated fruits, and many scholars suggest that it was the pomegranate, not an apple, depicted in the Garden of Eden…and all these years, we’ve been blaming the downfall of man on poor Mr. Gala.
  • In one research study, participants who drank 8 oz of 100% pomegranate juice per day for 2 weeks lowered the incidence of LDL oxidation, believed to be the key factor in aterial plaque formation.
  • POM juice contains higher levels of anti-oxidants than red wine, grape juice, blueberry, juice, cranberry juice, green tea, vitamin C and vitamin E. According to Dr. Michael Davidson, Director of Preventative Cardiology and Atherosclerosis Research at Rush University Medical Center, “It’s the concentration of the polyphenols that appear to make pomegranate juice the most potent antioxidant in nature.”
  • And according to Heather McD of Heather Eats Almond Butter, it tastes damn darn good.  So, drink up people!

Y’all know I like to challenge myself.  Today’s challenge:  POM Wonderful juice at every meal.  Let’s just say it was a good day.

Breakfast:

Chocolate on Pom Oats

Chocolate on Pom Oats

This breakfast was inspired by my good friend (Wilber-Becker!) who introduced me to the brilliant combo of POM seeds on chocolate coconut milk ice-cream.  I cooked 1/2 oat bran in 1/2 cup POM juice, 1/2 cup water, and a pinch of salt.  I topped it off with some cottage cheese for a dose of protein, some carob chips (my chocolate of choice!), and some Trader Joe’s crunchy raw almond butter.  Wow!…’nuff said.

The stats: 505 calories, 21 grams of fat (30%), 73 grams of carbs (49%), and 30 grams of protein (20%).  Mmm, fat & protein keeps me full.

Lunch:

I began my mid-day meal with a big bowl of refried beans with vegan gourmet cheddar cheese.  No picture because it wasn’t very attractive…not nearly as pretty as this anyway:

POM Wonderful Smoothie

POM Wonderful Smoothie

I froze 4 oz of POM juice overnight in an ice-cube tray.

POM Ice

POM Ice

After lunch, I dumped the cubes into my Vita-Mix along with 8 oz. of vanilla unsweetened almond milk, and 1 scoop of Jay Robb chocolate whey protein powder. (Sarah, you know I tried my best not to lick Mr. Robb’s super hot face staring back at me from the canister. :))  I haven’t had a smoothie in so long, and this tasted truly amazing.  I DO NOT like my smoothies icy, and this bowl (Yes, I sip them from a bowl. So much more fun than a glass!) was perfectly creamy.  Come summertime, I have a feeling this recipe might be a daily staple.  Check out the stats: 240 calories, 3.5 grams of fat (14%), 23 grams of carbs (38%), and 27 grams of protein (48%).  This would make a great post-workout recovery drink!

I just noticed that I combined POM juice with chocolate for both breakfast and lunch.  Impressive, huh?  Dinner was a little more on the savory side.

POM Crock-pot Chicken

POM Crock-pot Chicken

This was so easy, yet so scrumptious!  I lined the bottom of my slow cooker with one sweet onion, sliced.  I then placed 1 pound of chicken tenders on top and added 8 oz. of POM juice.  That’s it!  I let it cook for 5 hours on high and then served the chicken & onions with wilted spinach, Laughing Cow Light cheese, and sliced beets.  So good!  The stats: I don’t care.  Yum!

Dessert:

I’m getting together with my best girlfriends from high-school tonight.  I only have 3 bottles of Pom juice left, and I think I will add them to this to serve to my friends:

imagesI’m not much of a drinker myself, but I do love my fruit filled girly drinks!  In honor of Heather over at Hangry Pants, I’m going to follow this recipe and make my girls some POM Wonderful martinis.  Hmm, maybe I should look into bartending as a part-time job?:). Thanks again to Molly and gang at POM Wonderful.  Your juice is not only super healthy, but it’s 100% delicious!  For more delicious pomogranate recipes, check out this article.  Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

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52 Comments leave one →
  1. February 6, 2009 6:22 pm

    AH I’m so jealous of all these free POMS on everyone’s blogs! Whoever did their packaging design should get a raise cause they’re adorable.

  2. February 6, 2009 6:24 pm

    AMAZING POM DAY!! 😀

  3. February 6, 2009 6:36 pm

    POM tini’s are sooo delicious!! I always think, at least i’m getting antioxidants with all this vodka right :D!! Have fun tonight and a great weekend.

  4. February 6, 2009 7:10 pm

    I am trying both the oatmeal and smoothie ideas as soon as I get my hands on some POM juice! AMAZING!

  5. February 6, 2009 7:46 pm

    yeahhhhh…for POM with vodka. hahahaha…

  6. February 6, 2009 8:35 pm

    Look at you with all your wonderful Pom recipes! Love it! I have never tried this juice but have heard lots of good things! Hope you had a good day! Happy weekend 🙂

  7. February 6, 2009 8:49 pm

    How do you like oatbran compared to oatmeal? I need to pick some up!

  8. February 6, 2009 9:19 pm

    Yum a’doodle!!! You must be fully anti-oxed for the day! Looks like you are armed with plenty of great POM ideas. I just bought pom seeds for the first time last week and have really enjoyed them in yogurt and oatmeal, etc. Just like candy! Have fun with the ladies tonight 🙂

  9. February 6, 2009 9:26 pm

    Pol is lovin’ the POM info!!! 🙂 Heather, you are so creative!! Yay for crock pot juiced up chicken today! 😉 Have fun with your friends tonight! XOXO

  10. February 6, 2009 9:55 pm

    You got the POM Wonderful too! I got some and am really enjoying it. Mmmm 🙂

  11. February 6, 2009 10:03 pm

    You are so creative! I love this challenge AND that you don’t care about the stats! Who gives a rip snortin diddly doo!

  12. Erin permalink
    February 6, 2009 10:20 pm

    Wow. I’m in love with everything. I go crazy for pom seeds, pom juice, coconut ice cream, chocolate and that breakfast is a-mazing!!! enjoy your martinis!

  13. February 6, 2009 10:20 pm

    what an awesome idea to put pom juice in your oat bran!

  14. February 6, 2009 10:22 pm

    whoa. i saw the picture of your breakfast before I saw the “breakfast” part, and I thought, “omg she has had the most amazing dessert.” no idea that it was a BREAKFAST! amazing 🙂 pom, carob, almond butter… 3 things that make me melt 🙂

  15. February 6, 2009 11:42 pm

    Your breakfast looks like dessert! So beautiful.

  16. February 6, 2009 11:43 pm

    Haha I totally typed that without looking at Megan’s comment above mine. I thought I was original! My bad.

  17. February 7, 2009 12:39 am

    That POM juice looks so good. I think I will buy some! Evertyhign you made looks delicious..especially the smoothie!

    Thank you so much for sending the Thins! You are the best and I will find something fun and delicious to send you!

    I feel your pain having to work tomorrow. I have to as well! But definitely I’m grateful to have some clients coming in! Oh, and hows the job search coming along?

  18. February 7, 2009 1:38 am

    Thank you for the Jay Robb link. I have two words for you: SCREEN SAVER.

    That’s a lot of POM! Look out for purple poo 😉

  19. February 7, 2009 6:26 am

    Wowo! Awesome use of POM juice, you are too creative!!

  20. February 7, 2009 9:31 am

    That is such a cool day of pom eats. I think I would use it to make granola too.

    Oh and pomegranate mojitos, which are delicious like martinis. I hope you had a fun night with the Laaaadies.

  21. February 7, 2009 9:40 am

    Hi Heather! Thanks for the sweet comment, again! I hope your POM/vodka party was fun last night…I don’t see how it couldn’t have been?!

    Anyways, I’m still trying to figure out how to post my daily summaries. It’s good to hear that even you are still trying to figure this out after making such incredible progress. Thanks for the support!

    I told my boyfriend about you and he offered to call Whole Foods and give them a heads up on your application. Let me know if you’re still considering applying. It’s a great place to work! I hear the weather’s finally nice in Nashville today, enjoy!

    Kaneil, balanceisbest

  22. February 7, 2009 11:23 am

    that certainly is a pom-derful day 🙂 love the dinner idea!!!

  23. February 7, 2009 12:02 pm

    Hey Long Weigh,
    Job search is okay. I’ve put in a few applications, and now the follow-up begins. I’ll keep ya posted. Hope your part-time job search is going better mine. I’d forgotten how much of a job it is to find a job! Can’t wait to hear how you like the Thins!

  24. February 7, 2009 12:03 pm

    Hey Matt, I’m really liking oat bran these days. It’s a nice change a bit more creamier that rolled oats. Try it.

  25. February 7, 2009 2:38 pm

    what a POM-ified day! your creativity never ceases to amaze me.

    i’m thinking that pom + chocolate would forever be a delicious combination. glad that you made it work into breakfast AND lunch. 😉

  26. February 7, 2009 4:17 pm

    URL fixed!! 😀

  27. February 7, 2009 5:59 pm

    Ooooh, Pom oats sound awesome!! I’m sorry I’ve been so terrible at visiting this past week, my wireless has been out. I posted the most gigantic explanation ever today too, gah…a weeks worth of post in one day is ridiculous!

    Anyway, I’m glad you enjoyed your day of POM! Sounds like a delicious one!

  28. February 7, 2009 8:11 pm

    Love POM, and your POM day! My hubb used to make us pometinis…so tasty. Your girlfriends are lucky ladies!

    Enjoy your weekend, Heather!

  29. February 7, 2009 8:32 pm

    I still have not tried pom seeds. Are they hard to clean? They look so good in yogurt and oats I should just give it a shot. I hope you are having a nice weekend.

  30. February 7, 2009 9:42 pm

    Hey Sammie, POM seeds are so good. I love them on salads, cereal, cereal and yogurt. I used to be intimidated by the fruit, but it’s really easy to remove the seeds. Just cut a pomegranate into 1/4ths. Plunge the pieces into cold water and remove the seeds with your hands under the water. Most of the fruit membrane will then float to the top while the seeds will sink. Then scoop the membrane from the top of the water and drain the seeds. Easy! For an even easier method, Trader Joe’s sells tubs of seeds in their produce section. Let me know if you try them. 🙂

  31. seeleelive permalink
    February 8, 2009 8:10 am

    Heather…I am totally stoked reading your post on rocking POM. You totally rocked it. Bfast, lunch and dinner. Girl, I am so jealous-I haven’t even tried it yet. It’s just sitting in my fridge! I had a swig of a bottle, but I wasn’t reviewing it officially. Maybe I will have it with some crackers for a snack this afternoon. Hm!

  32. February 8, 2009 11:56 am

    i loveeee refried beans and cheese. i would have loved your picture 🙂

    YUM FOR SMOOTHIES IN A BOWL! yum for delicious crock pot chicken picture!

  33. February 8, 2009 1:17 pm

    so making that pom chicken!!!!!

  34. gina (fitnessista) permalink
    February 8, 2009 1:50 pm

    chocolate pom oats?!? GENIUS
    the smoothie in a bowl looks so good, too!
    i’m loving the pom wonderful, but i’m saving it for next weekend’s girl’s night. i see many pom cocktails in the near future…
    hope you’re having a great weekend ❤

  35. February 8, 2009 2:25 pm

    Wow, you’re so creative with the pomegranate juice! I love the pomegranate arils, they taste good and make everything look so much prettier 🙂

  36. petitfoodie permalink
    February 8, 2009 3:04 pm

    I love your pomegranate ice!!! Brillant!!!

    -petitefoodie.wordpress.com

  37. petitfoodie permalink
    February 8, 2009 3:06 pm

    Your method for removing pom seeds is very helpful! It usually takes me forever to get all those seeds out!!! 🙂

    petitfoodie.wordpress.com

  38. February 8, 2009 5:35 pm

    So many wonderful POM ideas! Love it.

  39. February 8, 2009 6:04 pm

    mmmmmmmmmmmm! i was cracking up when i saw you added pom juice to your oatbran – we definitely do think alike hehe 🙂

  40. February 8, 2009 6:26 pm

    I never thought to buy poms in bulk!! Thanks for that idea! My daughter loves them!

  41. cleanveggiex3 permalink
    February 8, 2009 6:56 pm

    haha cute post title 🙂
    lovee POM seeds.

  42. February 8, 2009 7:07 pm

    I read your comment, and omg, i LOVE the idea of baby food jars are single-serving hummus and nut butter jars!! i would have never ever thought of that!

    also, did you know that you totally look like jenna fischer (pam on the office)? I just thought of that! you really do! except I like your hair better. 🙂

  43. February 8, 2009 7:51 pm

    Hey Megan. Pam? Really? Thanks so much as I think she is adorable…and you have to admit, her hair is looking so much better this season!

  44. February 8, 2009 8:27 pm

    POM seeds are the bomb diggity! I love those little red specks!

    I also really like the POM juices.. they are quite tasty.

    I KNEW I forgot something when I went shopping at TJ’s this weekend.. I MUST try that raw almond butter. It sounds FANTASTIC.

    Definitely hit up Borrowed Earth Cafe if you can. It is very good. 🙂 Let me know when you decide to visit the Windy City and maybe we can arrange a blogger meet-up, ;-).

    Have a great week Heather!

  45. February 9, 2009 9:51 am

    Happy POM day! Oh how I miss it!

  46. February 9, 2009 10:39 am

    Hooray for POM day!!!

  47. February 9, 2009 1:17 pm

    wow awesome idea putting the pom into the ice cube trays!! smart cookie 🙂 i want to do the same thing now with my pom!!

  48. February 9, 2009 3:03 pm

    Love love LOVE all the pom pom goodness going on in this post. I just discovered a big ol pomegranate sitting deep in my fridge the other day and promptly de-seeded it. By ol I actually mean OLD, that thing had been sitting in there for ages. It was still delicious though! 🙂

    I miss when Pom Wonderful used to come in nice big reusable glasses. I had two of them and I loved them. Somehow my family ended up smashing both of them. And now the juice isn’t sold in them anymore. I’m truly upset by this!

    I haven’t had the juice in a while though. But you’ve really opened my eyes to its many MANY possibilities! I’ll have to buy some again soon.

  49. February 9, 2009 3:52 pm

    Love your title! Thanks for all the lovely food porn.

  50. February 10, 2009 10:06 am

    Um…it looks to me like YOU are the one who is POM Wonderful 🙂 That’s pom-freakin’-tastic! Am I taking “pom” to far? HECK NO!

    I love the pom oats, pom smoothie…and pom ice cubes! I think the ice cubes are my favorite – I never think to do that with juice but it’s such a clever idea! Dare I say that it’s a POM Wonderful idea?

    Last but not least we have the pom-tini. Yum. Now that is what I call happy hour 😉 I actually should be getting some samples soon, too. I can’t wait to try them!

  51. February 10, 2009 8:15 pm

    POM ICE! looks amazing!

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