Choc Pear Smoothie
1-2 Pears, peeled and chopped
1.5 cups chilled almond milk
3 medjool dates, pitted
1 tablespoon almond butter
1 tablespoon cacao
1 tablespoon chia seeds
3-4 ice cubes
Add all ingredients to blender. Blend on high speed.
Dietitian Rebecca Gawthorne's 5 Reasons To Pick Pears
Pears are the go-to fruit for a healthy gut. Pears contain a unique combination of nutrients that help maintain normal bowel function and a healthy digestive system. A happy gut helps you feel great, and allows the body to absorb nutrients from food and build your immunity.
Pears are a great snack if you are looking to slim down or trying to keep those winter kilos at bay. They have a low energy density and they also contain both soluble and insoluble fibre, which helps to keep you feeling full for longer . Winning!
A pear a day may be all it takes to help nail your daily fibre target . Pears are one of the highest fibre fruits with a medium pear containing 4.1g of fibre – that's more than five prunes (3.1g fibre). Australian women fall short of the recommended daily fibre intake by 4g a day (RDI – 25g/day) – a pear would be all it takes to bridge that gap.
For more than 2000 years, traditional Chinese medicine has used pears to help clear the lungs . Modern science is just beginning to catch up with emerging research showing that eating pears may help to ease symptoms of allergy-related diseases like asthma and hayfever, as well as other respiratory conditions.
Skin and All
Whether chomping, blending or cooking pears, keep the skin on to get all the goodness1. The skin of pears is full of polyphenols, which provide loads of health benefits related to managing and reducing the risk of diabetes, heart health and obesity.
For more information on Australian pears and recipe ideas check out: http://rediscoverthepear.com.au