Eating for Wellness with Chocolate Pomegranate Clusters
Anytime you have “wellness” and “chocolate” in the same sentence, you know it’s going to be a good day! But I’ll confess, I’m a child in that way. As much as I value good health, wellness, and eating for wellness, I don’t want to sacrifice pleasure or taste.
I’ve reached the age now in my life where I feel I deserve a little pleasure, and if I can figure out a way to eat well, be healthy, and have it taste good, it’s a no brainer. So imagine my holiday cheer when I ran across this recipe yesterday for Chocolate Pomegranate Clusters. They are gluten free, corn free, dairy free, wheat free, peanut free, grain free, yeast free, soy free, and cleared for take-off even if you are a vegetarian or a vegan.
I love this recipe because it is free of food allergens such as gluten, wheat, peanuts, and yeast, which are all sources of chronic inflammation in the body for a lot of people – including myself. Gluten, wheat, peanuts, and yeast are also culprits in setting off irritable bowel syndrome, which is also a symptom of fibromyalgia. Not bad in the “eating for wellness” department, if you ask me.
I can’t take the credit for actually hunting it down, however. It rather found its way to me by way of the Facebook community, so you can thank social media and the website “Lexie’s Kitchen” for making it available. The only downside to the recipe is that it calls for fresh pomegranates.
If you’ve never had fresh pomegranate, then you might not know what I mean when I say “downside.” Pomegranates are a lot like artichokes--not in taste, but rather in the amount of work involved in actually eating them.
Pomegranates are loaded with tiny, sweet seeds (called arils) clustered together and surrounded by a fleshy membrane. They are packed rather tightly inside the outer peel of the fruit, and it takes a certain amount of skill (not to mention patience) to get them out.
If you’re not inclined to patience, you can purchase pomegranate arils to use rather than going through the hassle of removing them. Check this website here for more information on how to find them.
Otherwise, to make Chocolate Pomegranate Clusters be prepared to do a little work. However, Lexie’s Kitchen says the preparation time is only 20 minutes. She also provides excellent instructions with plenty of photographs, so perhaps it won’t be so bad.
I won’t bother with actually writing out the recipe for you here. I’ve included the link throughout this post where you can go to the website and get the full recipe and instructions. You can also click through to the site here as well.
If you’re just finding your way to my blog and wish to catch up on the back story of these posts, please check here for my post on Menopause, Fibromyalgia and Eating for Wellness, and here to read about my recent diagnosis of fibromyalgia during menopause.
Magnolia Miller is a certified healthcare consumer advocate in women’s health and a women’s freelance health writer and blogger at The Perimenopause Blog.