An accidental combination has yielded a new favorite. When packing my lunch for work, I decided to combine the yogurt and pomegranate seeds I’d been taking in separate containers. I added a little Big Island Honey, put the lid on the tupperware, and was on my way. Once at work, I took a bite expecting the outcome to be one of mediocre success or a gross mistake. However, this combination is one that was a pleasant surprise. I normally struggle with the texture of yogurt–anything that doesn’t require teeth to eat feels like I’m eating baby food. By adding the pomegranate seeds, your teeth become useful and you have the added fun of crunching on what tastes like nature’s candy.
I made this again after a run on Saturday that didn’t end particularly well. My calves were cramping a couple miles into a 6.6 mile run, and by the time I wandered in the kitchen, I could barely walk. Post-workout nutrition is an important aspect of recovery, especially when you’re in noticeable pain. Within 30-60 minutes of finishing a workout, your muscles will be craving a mix of protein and sugar. I find greek yogurt to be a good base for a variety of potential snacks and smoothies. By adding the seeds–which provides anti-inflammatory relief with its antioxidants–honey, and cinnamon, I’ve got quite a tasty and healing treat on my hands.
- 8 oz. of Plain Greek Yogurt, either traditional or low-fat. I opt for the brand with the least amount of sugar (ZOI) since I’m adding my own.
- ½ a cup of pomegranate seeds
- 1 dollop of honey
- ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
Combine ingredients, and mix real well. Sprinkle some additional seeds on top for visual effect.