Pears are an anti-inflammatory fruit associated with numerous health benefits such as keeping your vision sharp, reducing your risk of diabetes, and boosting heart as well as gut health. Pears are easily portable, and can be eaten as a sweet treat with any meal. Or, you can make them part of the main event in one of the recipes below.
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Make it a Full Plate Meal: Pair this salad with a black bean soup for a fun evening meal.
75% fiber foods – mixed spring greens, pears, pomegranate seeds, garlic, onion, black beans, avocado, jalapeño, cilantro
25% foods – dressing, blue cheese, candied pecans, oil
Recipe Note: Skip the blue cheese to keep 25% items in their zone.
Make it a Full Plate Meal: Serve with a baked sweet potato and green beans. You can opt to choose a small piece of grilled chicken or tofu to finish your 25% zone.
75% fiber foods – Brussels sprouts, pears, red onion, sweet potato, green beans
25% foods – olive oil, dried cranberries, chicken/tofu
Make it a Full Plate Meal: Assemble the creamy oatmeal as directed in the recipe. Mash up a ripe banana and add to the oatmeal for sweetness instead of the maple syrup to keep 25% items in their zone.
75% fiber foods – oats, pear, ripe banana
25% foods – milk, walnuts, maple syrup
Make it a Full Plate Meal: Enjoy this smoothie when you need a quick on-the-go breakfast.
75% fiber foods – pear, spinach, avocado
25% foods – unsweetened almond milk, plain Greek yogurt, chia seeds, protein powder
Recipe Note: Skip the protein powder to keep 25% foods in their zone. If you want to add more protein to the smoothie, use 1/4 cup rinsed navy beans.
Grilled pears are a nice dessert to Power Up any dinner. Skip the sugar and let the pears' natural sweetness shine, especially if you're trying to control your blood sugar levels. By skipping the sugar, the grilled pears are truly a water-fiber food for your 75% zone.