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Nutritionist Rob Hobson shares his favourite salad recipe for keeping eye sight sharp

Brussels sprout and pomegranate salad

Serves: 2

436 calories per serving

Brussels sprouts are a rich source of the phytonutrients lutein and zeaxnthin, which have been shown to have a protective effect on eye health. Pomegranates contain polyphenol antioxidants that help to protect the body against free-radical damage that can increase your risk of disease, such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD).


For the salad: 

300g Brussels sprouts
80g pomegranate
2 spring onions, finely sliced

For the spiced nuts: 

50g pecan nuts
1 tbsp sunflower seeds
1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
1 small egg white
1 tsp honey
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chilli powder

For the dressing: 

1 tsp honey
½  large lemon, juiced
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
½ garlic clove, minced
2 tbsp low fat plain yoghurt 

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 160C.
  2. Place the nuts and seeds in a medium-sized bowl.
  3. Add the egg white to a small bowl and whisk until light and fluffy. Add the honey and whisk lightly. Add the egg and honey mixture to the nuts and combine well.
  4. Add the spices to a small bowl and combine.  Sprinkle the spice mixture over the nuts and mix until fully combined.
  5. Transfer the nuts to a non-stick baking sheet and place in the oven for 15 minutes.
  6. Whilst the nuts are cooking, finely shred the Brussels sprouts into a medium-sized bowl. Add the pomegranate and spring onions to the bowl and combine.
  7. Prepare the dressing by mixing the ingredients in a small bowl.
  8. Remove the nuts from the oven and leave to cool.
  9. Divide the salad mixture between two bowls and add the dressing. Combine well
  10. Lightly crush the nuts and seeds in your hands and sprinkle over the salad.
  11. Serve each salad bowl with a tbsp of yoghurt. 

Robert Hobson is a registered nutritionist and qualified trainer for the Royal Society of Public Health. With over 15 years food and nutrition experience he has a BSc in Human Nutrition and an MSc in Public Health Nutrition. He has also worked for the NHS promoting healthy eating and has specialised in helping government organisations meet nutritional standards and legislation.

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