Lunch’n Vegan: Pomegranate & Pumpkin Seed Salad

Looking for something quick, easy, delicious and nutritious? Registered Dietitian Heather Caplan has you covered with this Pomegranate & Pumpkin Seed Salad.

This recipe post is brought to you courtesy of Instagram and the attention that a lunch bowl can garner while people are hungrily browsing social media! All I did was calculate the leftovers in the fridge into amount of time I wanted to dedicate to lunch-packing. I’m no chef, and “easy but healthy” could describe most, if not all, combinations posted in this space!

This came together easily, in approximately 5 minutes (thanks to Friday night’s dinner menu), and pleasantly surprised the taste-buds. And as it turns out, it’s ringing “healthy” bells:

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp pomegranate seeds
  • 2 Tbsp roasted pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
  • 1 cup Sautéed kale
  • 1 cup Roasted Brussels sprouts
  • Salt/pepper to taste. On the side: guac.

The measurements are estimates, since I rarely measure things but rather toss them in and give it a good look and think “Yep, that fills the Pyrex bowl”.

On the side you see some leftover guacamole from our game-watching party contribution, which added a nice spice to the mix! It’s not intentionally vegan and gluten-free, but it is.

The Perks:

Pomegranate seeds are high in antioxidants and have been shown to lower cholesterol levels! Feisty little things. They can also be a good source of vitamins C and B5.

Pumpkin seeds make frequent appearances in my lunch, as they’re a complete protein and great source of manganese and magnesium, and an excellent source of zinc and iron. All good things in general, but especially for the veg-heads!

The seed-powered salad takes the win, here.

Heather Caplan is a registered dietitian in DC, author and owner of heathercaplan.com/realtalk. She works in tech as the head of nutrition at Spright, specializing in online group coaching, nutrition content, and marketing. Her drink of choice is a French 75. 

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