Do you ever feel stuck in a rut when it comes to meal and snack times? Eating the same foods over and over, just because it’s easier? It can be tricky to keep mealtimes exciting and healthy, especially when we all have much bigger things to worry about on a daily basis. But here’s the thing, if you’re not loving what you’re eating, then that’s a real shame, because it’s something most of us do 3-6 times every single day! So, we thought we’d bring something pretty special to the (dinner) table – not only is it delicious, it is also incredibly versatile, and it is packed with vitamins and minerals, helping you stay healthy too! Please welcome the wonderful pomegranate and it’s juicy seeds!

Poppin’ Poms is here to help you discover your new favourite fruit! They work with the best pomegranate growers all over the world, as well as teaming up with health experts and recipe creators, to bring you top of the range pomegranate seed info and inspo! The juicy jewels can be found in your local supermarket, and if you head online to www.poppinpoms.com you’ll find a treasure trove of recipes, health benefits and other information to help you fall in love with this delicious fruit.

Pomegranates are grown worldwide, which means in-season pickings are available year-round, which in turn means you no longer have to put up with tasteless, watery, out of season fruit – your pomegranate seeds are always going to pack the same perky punch! Poppin’ Poms make sure that every pomegranate is hand-picked, packed and prepped to deliver you the best quality pomegranate seeds, from tree to table.

What are the health benefits of these tiny taste sensations, I hear you ask? Well, let’s start with the fact that a 100g portion of pomegranate seeds contains half of your daily recommended Vitamin C intake! Pomegranates are also a source of vitamin K, some B vitamins and minerals such as calcium, potassium and iron. Plus, the calorie count of pomegranate seeds is just 89kcal per 100g, making pomegranate seeds a low-calorie fruit. So, although they might be small, the benefits of eating these little seeds are huge! And to make life even easier all pomegranate seeds come pre-prepared and ready to eat. So whether you’re at home or on the go, you can always enjoy the pop of a pomegranate seed, hassle-free!

Now for some of that recipe revitalisation we spoke about at the beginning! Here are some of our favourite, and incredibly easy and quick, pomegranate featured dishes at Hip & Healthy:

Cereal – it is uninspiring, and frankly, not that good for us. Instead, we like to whip up a bowl of coconut yoghurt and granola with a sprinkling of pomegranate seeds and a drizzle on manuka honey – just so we know we’ve started our day as well as we possibly can!

A quick cheese sandwich might be convenient, but you’re going to be hungry again in about 5 minutes and that afternoon slump will hit hard! How about a piece of toasted rye bread, smothered in smashed avocado and a mini mountain of pomegranate seeds on top?! It’ll take 2 minutes and will keep you going for longer!

Chicken and rice – sound boring? You’d be right! But how about a bowl of couscous, drizzled in olive oil, a crack of salt and pepper, with green olives and pomegranate seeds stirred through, topped with a piece of chicken (either cooked fresh, or leftovers from Sunday lunch) and a dollop of tzatziki on the side?! Much more delicious, and just as easy.

Fancy an evening tipple, but doing your best to steer clear of favourite rose? Why not pour yourself a glass of Indian Tonic Water, with a squeeze of lime juice and a teaspoon of pomegranate seeds mixed in, all over ice. It’s far more exotic than a glass of water but will keep you hydrated and feeling fresh in the morning!

So get yourself poised for pomegranate and head over to www.poppinpoms.com for more inspiration and information about these sensationally satisfying seeds!