"Pear eaters are less likely to be obese than everyone else." This headline caught my attention. I am always looking for foods to eat to help me stay at a healthy weight. Aren't you? A recent study1 found that pear eaters had a lower body weight and were 35% less likely to be obese than those who did not eat pears. Pear eater’s diets also had less sugar and fat than non pear eaters even if they ate the same amount of calories. Researchers believe it was the fiber intake in pear eater’s diets that drove the results.
This is great news for I love a good pear! The kind that when you bite into it the juice dribbles down the side of your face, soothes your throat, and tastes sweet to the tongue. More great news, pears are in season during the winter. This makes pears are easy to incorporate into your everyday life right now. You can eat one as a snack to satisfy your mid afternoon hunger because it has a good amount of fiber. You could add it to an arugula salad topped with walnuts and drizzled with olive oil and fresh squeezed lemon juice for lunch. Wrap a slice of prosciutto around a pear, an arugula leaf, and a piece of goat cheese for a healthy holiday appetizer (eating a few pieces of this appetizer may help you avoid eating too many Christmas sugar cookies too!). Mix a sliced pear with the potatoes and onions in your next chicken or pork loin roast for dinner.
In my home, one of our favorite ways to incorporate a pear into our everyday diets is to drink it. My husband loves a pear smoothie every morning. I slice up a medium size pear (we always keep a big bag of organic pears in the fridge) and mix it together in a blender (we use a Vitamix, but you could use any blender for this recipe) with vanilla protein powder (we use Vega), unsweetened vanilla almond milk (we like the Trader Joe's version), a tablespoon of almond butter (we like the crunchy version), a few ice cubes, and a dash of cinnamon. It is so simple and takes only 5 minutes to make. Now that you know that pears can help you stay healthy and lean, how will you eat more of this sweet fruit?
Now that you know that pears can help you stay healthy and lean, how will you eat more of this sweet fruit?