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Pears For The Win

There are pears for every single season and in a variety of colors, shapes, textures, and tart-sweet/flavors.

Growing up, I LOVED eating pears (which made my mother happy), and I still do. Pears are great on their own or in a tasty and simple salad. Some people poach them ( I need to figure that out) other people swear by baking them. While others say that pear sauce (think apple sauce, but instead of apple – you use pears) is the way to go. I can personally attest that pear sauce and or pear chutney are both SUPER TASTY and a little of either goes a long way.

Nutritional information for pears

Nutritionally speaking, one pear has roughly 100 calories, somewhere between 21 and 26 grams of carbs (depending on the size) and loaded with fiber (6 grams) one of the highest fiber contents of all fruits. Personally, I subtract the grams of fiber from the carb count – that works for me and that’s what my certified diabetes educator taught me. Your diabetes may vary.

Pears are also are chock full of vitamin C, potassium and are free of fat, cholesterol and sodium.

How to enjoy pears as a snack

One of my favorite snacks is 1 whole pear and a hunk of cheese makes for a quick snack. Another yummy sneaks is fresh sliced pears (or several slices of no sugar added canned pears) over a 1/2 cup of no/low salt cottage cheese (or plain greek yogurt) and sprinkled with cinnamon. Speaking of plain Greek yogurt and pears, take a few minutes to “doctor up” a cup of plain Greek yogurt with vanilla extract, cinnamon, a few drops of honey and dip away!

So yeah, the next time you’re looking to jazz up your menu and up your fiber, consider a pear! Also, to prevent sliced pears from browning squeeze fresh lemon juice over the slices.

Did you know the scientific name for pear is pyrus? And now you know and will never forget!

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