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5 Reasons To Try Pears:

  1. Pair pears with blue cheese, parmesan or aged white cheddar for a quick snack.
  2. Pears are a good source of dietary fiber with 5.5g and only 100 calories for a medium-sized pear.
  3. Overripe pears are best used in cooked recipes such as poached pears or grilled pears over pork chops.
  4. Pears are rich in antioxidants and vitamin C that can be beneficial for the immune system.
  5. Pears are a wonderful source of potassium, which means that they can have a significant impact on heart health.

Holiday Pear Salad with Glazed Pecans

Serves 6

All you need:December Dietitian Pick of the Month - Pears

  • 1 egg white, beaten
  • 2 Tbsp Hy-Vee Select maple syrup
  • 2 tsp dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1-1/2 cups organic pecan halves
  • 2 small ripe pears, sliced
  • 6 cups mixed baby greens
  • 1/2 to 2/3 cup light raspberry vinaigrette or
    red wine vinaigrette dressing
  • Fresh raspberries, optional

All you do:

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F. For glazed pecans, combine egg white, maple syrup, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Stir in pecans, tossing to coat. Spread pecans on aluminum foil-lined baking sheet. Bake 25 minutes or until crisp and lightly browned, stirring once. Remove from oven. Stir pecans to release from foil; set aside.
  2. In large salad bowl toss sliced pears and greens together. Drizzle with dressing and sprinkle with glazed pecans. Top with fresh raspberries, if desired.

Nutrition per serving: 280 calories, 21g fat, 290mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate, 4g dietary fiber, 4g protein.
This information is not intended as medical advice. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.


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