What a tasty mixture of power foods and rich antioxidants- this tabbouleh recipe is a little left of centre with the ingredients but so delicious thanks to the inclusion of pomegranate and pistachios.
In the case of the Pomegranate it’s a “SUPER FRUIT”. It’s a powerful source of antioxidant properties as Pomegranate contains Granatin B, and Punicalagin. Studies suggest that Punicalagin is effective at reducing heart disease and other cellular damage in the body due to it’s ability to act as a scavenger, reducing the amount of by products or free radicals from our bodies. Pomegranate also contains a good amount of Vitamin C, which helps the body fight infections by boosting immunity. It contains many vital B-complex groups of vitamins such as B5 and folates as well as vitamin K, and minerals like calcium, copper, potassium, and manganese. Lastly it’s a great source of soluble and insoluble dietary fibers.
How to tell if a pomegranate is ripe?
- Check their color. Ripe pomegranates are bright red all over and have lost nearly all traces of green.
- Ripe pomegranates have a rough matte finish from the sun.
- The shape of a pomegranate when ripe should be uneven with flattening on the sides. Unripe pomegranates are a more perfect sphere shape.
- Ripe pomegranates slide easily from the stems when pulled and twisted.
- Check the sound. Ripe pomegranates make a tinny, metallic sound when tapped with your finger.
Pistachio‘s offer good sources of protein, fats, and minerals. They have good amounts of mono-unsaturated fatty acids like oleic acid so they may help by lowering total as well as bad LDL cholesterol and increase good HDL cholesterol levels within the blood. Pistachio’s are a rich source of many anti-oxidant phyto-chemical substances such as carotenes, vitamin E, and polyphenolic antioxidant compounds. Similar to the pomegranate, the antioxidant properties of the pistachio are effective at reducing heart disease and other cellular damage in the body due to their ability to act as a scavenger, reducing the amount of by products or free radicals from our bodies. They are full of minerals like copper, manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and selenium.
What is Bulgur Wheat? It’s a whole wheat grain that has been cracked and partially pre-cooked. It is a naturally high-fiber, low-fat, low calorie food ingredient but not suitable for a gluten free diet. It’s typically the wheat used in tabbouleh recipes.
Parsley is a fantastic source of vitamin K and Vitamin C. Vitamin K is necessary for blood clotting and bone health as well as acting as an antioxidant.
What’s not to love about this salad? Enjoy the recipe at the link!