“Gift of the Gods” is what Homer, the famous author of the Odyssey, called pears in 800 B.C. Thousands of years later, there are many (including me) who would agree.
My gift to you? These four yummy pear recipes!
Did you know?
- Pears have more nutrients per calorie than calories per nutrient (surprising since they are so sweet). They are what I call a Smart Carb.
- Pears are often considered a hypoallergenic fruit that is less likely to produce an adverse response than other fruits by healthcare practitioners.
- Pears are often the first fruit fed to infants as a safe way to start.
- For diabetics pears have a low glycemic index (GI) of just 38.
- Pears are one of the fruits that can improve blood glucose levels, help with weight-loss and improve concentration. For this reason I use them in my Lifestyle Makeovers.
- Pears ripen best off the tree.
“After years of study, scientists have found that a really juicy pear is best eaten while naked, in the bathtub, so that you needn’t be concerned about the abundant juice streaming down your chin,” laughed David Sugar, Oregon State University’s Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center in Central Point.
4 Great recipes to get pears into your diet.
Pear Upside Down Cake: Vegan Gluten Free
Dairy & egg free
Pears grow in Edmonton (northern Canada) where I live! They are small but tasty and juicy. I therefore get to make this very yummy gluten free cake made with healthy ingredients.
1/2 cup vegetable oil or coconut oil
1/2 cup rice syrup
1 tsp molasses
Mix together the next 4 ingredients for a gluten free flour mix:
1 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup potato flour
1/2 cup flax meal
1/4 cup white rice flour
5 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
2/3 cup water
2 cups sliced pears for bottom
1 tsp arrowroot
3 tsp fresh ginger grated
1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
2. Oil cake pan.
3. Slice 2 cups of pears.
4. Arrange pears into bottom of cake pan.
5. Sprinkle pears with arrowroot.
6. Sprinkle ginger over the pears.
7. Mix vegetable oil, rice syrup and molasses.
8. Add 1 cup of gluten free flour, mix in well.
9. Add 1/3 cup water, mix in well.
10. Add 1 cup of gluten free flour, mix in well.
11. Add 1/3 cup water, mix in well.
12. Add 1/4 cup of gluten free flour, baking powder and salt.
13. Mix in well and quickly.
14. Immediately pour batter into cake pan on top of the pear mixture.
15. Spread the batter evenly over the pears.
16. Bake at 350º F in oven for 30 to 35 minutes.
17. Leave cake in pan for 5 minutes on a cooling rack; it is too light and fragile to turn over. Once it cools a bit it will become firmer and easier to turn over.
18. Gently turn cake over onto a cooling rack. (Loosen the edges of the cake with a knife first.) It is important to get it out of the pan because the pears on the bottom will cause the cake to be soggy if you do not.
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In the fall I picked so many pears from a friends tree that I had get creative and this is one very yummy result.
5 cups pears
1. Core and slice pears.
2. Place pears in a baking dish.
1. Mix oil, rice syrup and stevia/water together in a bowl.
2. Add brown rice flour and salt to wet mixture.
3. Mix in well.
4. Add oatmeal and mix in well.
5. Mix thoroughly with fingers.
6. Sprinkle on top of fruit.
7. Sprinkle the chopped hazelnuts on top.
8. Pat down firmly.
9. Bake at 350º F. oven for approximately 40 minutes.
* Not all people who need to be gluten free have a problem with oats. For those that do there is a gluten free oatmeal available.
1 small Pear
1 small Apple
1/2- 1 tsp Cinnamon
1/ 2 Tbsp Walnuts* soaked
1 Tbsp plain yogurt (Optional and can be soy, coconut)
- Chop fruit and walnuts (if using walnuts)
- Mix together.
- Sprinkle with cinnamon.
- Add a spoonful of yogurt on top.
* For variety use pumpkin seeds, soaked.
Alkaline Nutritional Tip: Did you know that pears and apples are in the highest alkalizing category?
Blood Sugar Tip: Cinnamon is know for balancing your blood sugars.
Note: This recipe is specific for our Weight Loss Training. Check it out!
2 leaves of kale
1/4 cup soaked pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup water
- Blend until smooth.
- Add as much water as you need if you want to drink it or leave it as it is and eat with a spoon.
Learn more about pumpkin seeds by clicking here: Pumpkin Seeds Are Alkalizing
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