Monday, May 2, 2016

Mindful Snacking


When it comes to snacking, there are dozens of ways to answer your cravings.

Sometimes your snack cravings are tied to flavor; other times it’s a texture that you’re yearning for. When you feel a tinge of hunger, give yourself permission to put down the grab-and-go bar or bag of chips, and instead take a moment to have a mindful snacking experience that allows you to truly savor your food.

Reinvent your approach to snacking with guidance from some of the nation’s most prominent chefs.

Contrast flavors. If you’re hesitant to mix and match flavors, you might be surprised by what you find when you step out of your comfort zone. Chef Paul Osher, with Porkchop & Co. in Seattle, suggests looking for creative blends of sweet and sour. “The Laughing Cow cheese is creamy and just a bit tart, so it pairs well with sweet and sour flavors,” said Osher, who recommends hitting a farmers’ market or orchard for seasonal stone fruit and other produce to match The Laughing Cow’s delicious taste and rich, creamy texture. 

Embrace variety. A snack that creates an explosion of flavor and texture is a winning approach, says Chef Tanya Baker of The Boarding House in Chicago. “When building a menu item, I make sure to have a variety of flavors and textures – salty, sweet, acidic, creamy and crunchy,” she said. But she cautions that all of that flavor need not be complicated: “Try The Laughing Cow Creamy Original Swiss cheese with sliced prosciutto, grilled fruit and toasted nuts to achieve a perfect balance of flavors and textures.”

Go for crunch. There’s something simply satisfying about crunching your way through a delicious dish, says Chef Sarah Simmons of Birds & Bubbles in New York. “I think it’s important to have crunch in a snack,” she said. “People love chips for their crunch as much as their flavor. I try to contrast crunchy and creamy textures to create fun and unique snacking experiences.”

Simplicity rules. Simmons is also a big advocate of flavor over fuss when it comes to small plates such as snacks and appetizers. “When creating a snack, remember to keep it simple – no more than three components,” she said. Remember, limiting the number of ingredients lets the individual flavors shine.

Rediscover the simple joy of snacking on Facebook at TheLaughingCowUSA or follow the hashtag: #ReinventSnacking on Twitter and Instagram for snack time inspiration.


SOURCE:  The Laughing Cow

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with 1800 Tequila

Cinco de Mayo makes a few words come to mind. One of those definitely being…tequila!

The brand recently released three new flavors of cocktail mixers, where consumers just add tequila for the perfect Pomegranate Margarita, Ultimate Margarita or Mojito. 1800 also carries the vividly designed Essential Artists series, designed by up-and-coming artists for a dynamic visual on a unique medium, perfect for the tequila-centric holiday.

Please find a few recipes below for holiday imbibing, even for the non-margarita fan to help celebrate!

Maracas Margaritas

1 oz. 1800 Select Silver Tequila
.25 oz. Pear Puree
.25 oz. Fresh lime juice
.25 Agave nectar
Splash of Chambord

Combine the first four ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.
Shake vigorously and pour into a lightly salted high ball glass.
Float with Chambord for a drizzle effect.




1800® Frío Limonada

1.5 oz 1800 Silver Tequila
1 oz fresh lemon juice
1 oz simple syrup
1 oz club soda
6 medium-sized mint leaves

Muddle mint with simple syrup in a tall glass.
Add tequila, lemon juice, and ice and shake vigorously.
Strain over fresh ice and garnish with lemon wheels.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Smoothie recipes for Picky Eaters

Do you have picky eaters at home? If so, you are not alone. It can be frustrating to get them to eat at all sometimes, let alone eat healthfully! 

Here are three quick and nutritious smoothie recipes that are sure to please even the pickiest of eaters.

All three of the following smoothie recipes, courtesy of Camp Shane, are less than 175 calories per serving and help kids achieve the recommended 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day.

Banilla Shake

1 ½ cups skim or 1% milk
1 peeled and sliced medium banana, frozen (Wrap sliced banana in plastic wrap or place in a freezer storage bag. Freeze several hours or overnight.)
½ tsp. vanilla extract, optional
¼ tsp. almond extract, optional

In a blender combine all ingredients, except cinnamon. Blend until smooth, about 20 seconds. Pour into glasses and garnish with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon, if desired. Yield: approximately 2 ¼ cups. 



Blueberry-Orange Whirl

1 12-ounce package frozen blueberries, unthawed, or 2 1/2 cups fresh
8 ounce low-fat vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

In an electric blender, blend all ingredients until smooth. Yield: approximately 3 ½ cups.



Very Berry Smoothie

1/4 cup berries (your choice!)
4 ounces skim milk
6 ounces calcium-fortified orange juice
Blend together all three ingredients until smooth. Yield: approximately 1 serving.





CampShane is the world’s longest running weight-loss camp for children. In partnership with renowned child obesity expert and Board Certified Pediatrician Dr. Joanna Dolgoff, Camp Shane has developed a well-balanced menu that is focused on portion-controlled meals and snacks intended to ensure healthy weight loss.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

May Is National Salad Month

This month, WellspringCamps, the leading weight loss organization for young adults and families across the U.S. has come up with a few healthy salad recipes for National Salad Month this May!  We all know how important it is to keep our kids and families eating healthy, but Wellspring has made it easy with these delicious salads that the whole family will enjoy!

  • White Bean Salad: A tasteful mix of seasoned white beans and peppers that is only 77 calories and 0.3 grams of fat
  • Grilled Asparagus & Sweet Pepper Salad: A colorful delicious dish with only 64.2 Calories, and 0.78 grams of fat
  • Egg Salad: Everyone enjoys egg salad, and this recipe will keep you guilt free with only 30 calories and 0.6 grams of fat

Keeping your family happy and health is important, and at Wellspring, they make is easy to enjoy a delicious meal without the guilt!  This May for Salad month, try these healthy salads, or visit the Wellspringwebsite for more delicious recipes!


White Bean Salad

Serves 7
Serving Size:  1/2 cup
1-15 oz can navy or cannelloni beans, drained and rinsed
4 oz Red Bell Pepper, diced
2 Tbsp Parsley, chopped
2 Tbsp Scallions, sliced
2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
1 Clove Garlic, minced
Salt to taste

Mix all ingredients together.  For the best flavor, let salad sit in refrigerator for an hour.

Calories:  77     Fat:  0.3g

Grilled Asparagus and Sweet Pepper Salad

servings – (4)

1 pound of fresh asparagus spears
1 medium orange bell pepper
1 small or medium red onion
1 lemon
1 lime
1 orange
1/4 cup vinegar
2 tablespoons of dijon mustard

Preheat grill to 375 degrees
Prepare vegetables for grilling by trimming off rough ends of asparagus, cutting the pepper in half and removing the seeds, and slicing the onion.

Grill asparagus for only 2 or three minutes. (you still want it crunchy).continue grilling the onion and the pepper until they are flavored but still crunchy. place in refrigerator to cool down.

Zest the lemon, lime, and orange and set aside.

Squeeze juice from the lemon, lime, and orange and set aside.
Combine vinegar ,dijon mustard, salt, pepper, citrus juices.
Chop the onion and pepper then cut the asparagus into thirds.
Combine dijon vinaigrette, citrus zest, and vegetables, then toss until evenly coated.


64.25 Calories     3.18 grams Protein     .78 grams Fat

Egg Salad

Yield: 5 – 2 ounce servings
8 ounces Egg Beaters
2 ounces Fat Free Mayonnaise
1/8 tsp White Pepper
½ tsp Red Wine Vinegar
Scramble egg beaters according to package directions
Cool eggs for 30 minutes

Combine egg beaters, FF Mayonnaise, white pepper, and red wine vinegar.


30 Kcalories    4 grams Protein     .06 grams Fat     2.75 grams Carbs



Source:  WellspringCamps

Friday, April 29, 2016

How about a Netflix binge??

There are so many shows on Netflix... you could spend days on end just catching up on movies or shows that you've lost track of - not to mention discovering new ones or watching episodes of favorites from long ago.

Some of my current favorites on Netflix right now are:



Cooked
"Explored through the lenses of the four natural elements – fire, water, air and earth – Cooked is an enlightening and compelling look at the evolution of what food means to us through the history of food preparation and its universal ability to connect us."  I have learned so much watching this - there are only four episodes so it's a quick watch, but you'll wish there were more!





Daredevil
Matt Murdock / Daredevil is a blind lawyer-by-day who fights crime at night. This show is just plain fun, full of action and adventure in true Marvel Comics style.







Good Eats
How could I list my favorites on Netflix and not include one of my favorite cooking shows of all time?  Good Eats, hosted by Alton Brown, is (as Brown puts it) Julia Child meets Monty Python with Mr. Wizard mixed in.  If you don't know how to cook, you definitely will when you're finished watching this! My youngest kiddo used to watch GE every night before bed and is now, at 14, whipping up just about anything you can think of in the kitchen because she learned the basics from Mom and "Cooking Guy" (as she called him at 4 year old).



There are thousands of choices on Netflix and we can help you feed your binge-watching habit!

Pink Lemonade has teamed up with a group of other bloggers to offer you a giveaway - the prize?  A $100 NETFLIX GIFT CARD!!  That's almost a whole year of streaming goodness!

What shows will you watch if you win the Netflix gift card??


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Celebrate a Sweet Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is, officially, a holiday celebrating Mexico’s victory over France in the 1862 Battle of Puebla. In the U.S., where it is actually celebrated with more gusto than in its native country, the holiday has become a celebration of Mexican heritage and culture.

The holiday also provides a great excuse to make irresistible Mexican-inspired recipes for entertaining and, of course, a big batch of margaritas to wash it all down. Fresh sweet corn is an essential component of many Mexican dishes and a cultural staple.

Luckily, Cinco de Mayo falls right in the middle of Florida’s Sunshine Sweet Corn season, meaning that the sweetest corn, available all year, arrives just in time to be a part of your Cinco de Mayo celebration. These naturally-bred varieties are grown by a group of family farmers who are committed to producing the finest sweet corn.

Get the fiesta started with this Fire Roasted Corn and Chorizo Dip and a big bowl of tortilla chips. Crunchy, spicy, sweet and creamy, this addictive dip will have your guests asking for more. For something on the lighter side, whip up a batch of refreshing and zesty Sweet Corn, Mango and Black Bean Salsa that is also delicious served over grilled fish and chicken.

Next, be sure to serve Mexican Style Corn, a truly authentic and delicious Mexican street food. Crunchy ears of fresh sweet corn are charred to perfection then slathered with a mixture of cheese and mayo, sprinkled with chili powder and squirted with lime for simple flavor perfection.
Finally, no Cinco de Mayo celebration is complete without tacos. For a healthful twist on your typical taco, try this recipe for Charred Corn Tacos with Radish Zucchini Slaw that will have both vegetarians and meat eaters clamoring for seconds.

Incorporating more healthful whole foods and veggies into your Cinco de Mayo celebration this year makes it easier to justify one more margarita. No matter what you serve at your Cinco de Mayo celebration, make sure to incorporate the sweet and wholesome flavor of fresh spring sweet corn.
Discover more mouth-watering recipes for Cinco de Mayo and every time of year at www.sunshinesweetcorn.com.


Charred Corn Tacos with Radish Zucchini Slaw

Serves  4
 
Ingredients
  • 4 ears Sunshine Sweet Corn
  • Extra virgin olive oil, as needed
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, as needed
  • 1/2 cup torn cilantro, parsley and mint leaves
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1 cup radishes, cut into matchsticks
  • 1 small zucchini, cut into matchsticks
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup (2 1/2 ounces) crumbled Cotija or feta cheese
  • 10 to 12 small (6-inch) soft corn tortillas

Preparation
  1. Brush corn with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Over hot grill or open gas stove flame, char ears of corn until well blackened but not completely burnt. Remove from heat; cool. With large knife, shave off kernels into bowl. Add cilantro, parsley and mint; reserve.
  2. In small bowl, combine onion and lime juice; let stand 10 minutes. Stir in maple syrup, radishes, zucchini, jalapeno and 2 tablespoons of oil. Season with salt and pepper; set aside.
  3. Heat your tortillas one of two ways: Wrap whole stack in foil and place in warm 250°F oven for 15 minutes, or coat cast-iron skillet with thin layer of oil and heat over high heat; warm each tortilla 30 seconds to 1 minute each side, until lightly blistered.
  4. To make tacos, fill each tortilla with 1/4 cup corn. Top with cheese and radish-zucchini slaw. Serve with lime wedges, if desired.



Fire Roasted Corn and Chorizo Dip

Serves  8 to 12

Ingredients
  • 3 to 4 ears Sunshine Sweet Corn
  • 1 small onion, peeled and sliced into rings
  • 1 small red bell pepper
  • 1 cup cooked chorizo
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1(8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 pound spicy pepper cheese, like pepper-jack or habanero cheddar
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions

Preparation
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F and preheat grill to high heat. Remove cornhusks and corn silk, and place fresh Florida Sweet Corn, onion slices and red bell pepper on grill. Grill corn and bell pepper for 8 to 10 minutes, turning every 2 minutes until all sides are slightly charred. Grill onion slices for approximately 3 minutes per side. When veggies are cool enough to handle, cut corn off cob. Then chop onions and pepper, removing pepper seeds. In 8-by-8-inch baking dish or one-quart souffle dish, mix all ingredients together until well combined. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes until edges are bubbly. Serve warm with tortilla chips.


Notes, Tips and Suggestions
Six Global Spreads for Sweet Corn
  1. North America: Maple Bourbon Butter - Combine one stick butter, 4 teaspoons bourbon, 2 teaspoons maple syrup and pinch of salt.
  2. South America: Lime-Avocado Crema - In a blender, combine one avocado, 1/4 cup lime juice, one garlic clove, 1/2 bunch cilantro, 1/2 cup sour cream and pinch of salt. Blend until smooth. Add water if necessary.
  3. Europe: Combine 2 ounces goat cheese, 2 tablespoons butter, 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, and pinch of salt and pepper. Stir until smooth.
  4. Asia: Sriracha Butter - Combine 1/3 cup butter with 3 tablespoons Sriracha.
  5. Africa: Harissa-Yogurt Spread - Whisk together 1 cup Greek yogurt, 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice, 2 tablespoons Harissa sauce, one crushed garlic clove and pinch of salt.
  6. Australia: Honey-Ginger BBQ Sauce - In saucepan combine 1 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar, 1/2 cup honey, 1/2 cup ketchup, 1 1/2 tablespoons hot sauce, 4 minced garlic cloves, 2 tablespoons minced ginger and 1 teaspoon salt. Simmer, stirring occasionally until thickened and reduced to about 1 1/4 cup, 20 to 25 minutes.


Mexican Style Corn

Serves  4

Ingredients
  • 4 ears fresh Sunshine Sweet Corn, husked
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 4 ounces Cotija or feta cheese
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 4 lime slices

Preparation
  1. Preheat grill or broiler. Grill or broil corn, turning occasionally until hot and some kernels turn golden brown, about 5 minutes. Using knife, coat each ear of corn with about 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise. Crumble cheese on one side of each corn ear. Sprinkle with chili powder, dividing evenly. Broil until cheese starts to melt, approximately 1 to 2 minutes. Serve with lime.




SOURCE:   Sunshine Sweet Corn

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Cooking Up Gifts for Mom’s Kitchen


From homemade childhood favorites that warm the heart to delectable desserts, no one works their magic in the kitchen quite like mom. When trying to decide what to get your favorite lady for Mother’s Day this year, look for gifts that allow her to channel her inner foodie, chef or baker.

The best gifts are always those that keep on giving. Through Cook for the Cure, a 15-year partnership between KitchenAid and Susan G. Komen, more than $10.7 million has been raised for the fight against breast cancer. In 2016, KitchenAid will donate at least $450,000 to Komen through the program, regardless of sales. The Cook for the Cure product collection, ranging from pink stand mixers and polka dot bowls to pink food choppers, painted plates and hand mixers, is an easy way to give thanks to mom and raise awareness for a cause that benefits so many women.

For other gift ideas that help support the cause, visit www.KitchenAid.com and http://CookfortheCure.KitchenAid.com.
KitchenAid


An Essential, Everyday Tool

If some of her best culinary creations include savory sauces, delightful dressings and delicious dips, Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to treat mom to an upgrade. This 3.5-cup Food Chopper in Pink is convenient for everyday use and takes up minimal space in the kitchen. With two one-touch speed settings for chop and puree, this chopper ($49.99) is ideal for creating a spicy salsa, creamy hummus or garden-fresh pesto.


KitchenAidBlending Style with Power
With its roomy, 60-ounce patented diamond pitcher design and stainless steel blades, the 5-Speed Diamond Blender in Cranberry creates a powerful vortex to thoroughly blend everything from soups to smoothies. Automatic Soft Start® technology pulls ingredients into the blade rather than splattering them outward, keeping them together for controlled blending. This colorful blender ($159.99) offers stir, chop, mix, puree, liquefy and pulse options – everything mom needs to create her favorite dishes.


KitchenAidHandy Little Helper
Whether you need to blend up a milkshake or puree cooked vegetables directly in the pot, this 2-Speed Hand Blender in Pink gets the job done with ease. Two speeds provide blending control for more delicate foods, such as smoothies and baby food. The blending arm twists off for quick and easy cleanup. This hand blender ($59.99) comes with a 3-cup BPA-free jar with lid, so mom can blend away, safely.


KitchenAidPlated Perfection
Featuring artwork by PBS cooking show host Jacques Pepin, the Pass the Plate serving platter generates a $5 donation each time one of these individually numbered platters is passed and registered online. With its fresh and cheery design, this unique serving piece makes sharing even more fun. A great gift for mom, the platter ($24.95) is available at Villeroy & Boch stores or by calling 1-888-886-8318.


KitchenAidMix in Some Style
Turn Mom’s stand mixer into a standalone work of art this Mother’s Day with the new Pink Polka Dot ceramic bowl. This delightfully dappled 5-quart bowl ($99.99) is microwave, oven, freezer and dishwasher safe, and features a comfortable handle and easy pour spout – a perfect pick for all of mom’s mixing tasks.
KitchenAid
Timeless Kitchen Addition
Add a pop of pink to mom’s kitchen with a classic gift that will endure for years. With an elegant 5-quart capacity glass bowl, the Artisan Design® Series’ premium metallic Raspberry Ice finish adds radiance to any kitchen countertop. It can handle multiple batches of dough while its 10 speed settings allow cooks to knead, mix and whip a variety of foods and ingredients. With additional attachments that can make everything from pasta to ice cream to spiralized fruits and vegetables, this mixer ($459.99) helps mom take her culinary creativity to a whole new level.



Photo courtesy of Getty Images (women exchanging gifts)

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a Festive Fiesta

For Mexican food lovers everywhere, Cinco de Mayo provides the perfect excuse to host a fiesta. This year, try spicing up your party menu with Mexican-inspired bold flavors and fresh ingredients using these tips and recipe. With a little planning and some key fresh ingredients, you can host a fiesta everyone will enjoy.

Cinco de Mayo Menu Planning
Here are a few authentic dips and dishes to liven any party spread:
  • Green, Green Guacamole – This flavorful dip embodies the festive flavors of the holiday. To make fresh guacamole, add green onions, cilantro and Tabasco green jalapeño pepper sauce to ripe, mashed avocados.
  • Mexican Caviar – Not your average salsa dip, this hearty and zesty recipe combines black beans, corn, avocado, tomatoes and cilantro for a muy bueno party starter that is sure to please.
  • Spicy Taquitos Packed with genuine flavor, these savory appetizers can be served all year long. A satisfying blend of chicken, red beans and shredded cheese is rolled into buttery phyllo dough and baked until golden and crispy.
To add more authentic flavor to your table, be sure to serve Fiery Fiesta Empanadas. With a soft cornmeal crust, ground beef, cheese and olive filling, this dish boasts bold notes of cumin, garlic, and mild Tabasco green jalapeño pepper sauce – making these empanadas a sure-fire way to spice up your menu.

For more sizzling, south-of-the-border recipes, visit www.tabasco.com.


Fiery Fiesta Empanadas

Serves 4 empanadas

Ingredients
Cornmeal Crust
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 6 tablespoons water
Filling
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup taco sauce
  • 1/4 cup pitted ripe olives, chopped
  • 4 teaspoons Tabasco green jalapeño pepper sauce, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 large egg, beaten

Preparation
  1. Combine flour, cornmeal and salt in medium bowl. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle in water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until dough sticks together.
  2. On lightly floured surface with lightly floured rolling pin, roll out half of dough until 1/4-inch thick. Cut dough into two 7-inch rounds. Repeat with remaining dough and scraps. Cover; set aside.
  3. Cook ground beef and garlic in 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until beef is browned on all sides, stirring occasionally to break up beef.
  4. Stir in scallions, taco sauce, olives, 3 teaspoons green jalapeño pepper sauce, oregano, cumin and salt until well blended. Stir in cheese.
  5. Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease large cookie sheet. Spoon about 1/2-cup filling on 1/2 of each round, leaving a 1/2-inch border.
  6. Stir together egg and remaining teaspoon green jalapeño pepper sauce.
  7. Brush border with egg mixture.
  8. Fold dough over filling, pressing out air. Crimp edges with fork or fingers to seal.
  9. Place on baking sheet. Bake 25 minutes or until golden.




SOURCE:   Tabasco

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Lions and tigers and . . . pears? Oh my!

by Leanne Ely

Pears are a wonderful food to add to your fruit repertoire. A perfectly ripe pear is heavenly. So juicy and sweet. Yum! I enjoy pears occasionally in my daily juicing regime . . .  I toss them into soups . . .  I enjoy them sliced into salads . . .  poached as dessert for special occasions . . .  and just as they are, fresh out of the fridge, for snacking on. Pears are also very healthy for you-they are rich in vitamins C and K and have a whole bunch of health benefits that I'll get to in a minute.

There are many varieties of pears out there, the most common being Bartlett (the yellow/green speckled ones), Bosc, Comice, Anjou and Concorde. 

Whichever kind you like best, your favorite pear is a very rich source of antioxidants.

You know how you're always told that you should eat the skin of a fruit to get the most vitamins and nutrients out of it? Well that is definitely the case with pears. Research has shown that the skin of a pear contains up to four times as many phytonutrients as the flesh. Those include anti-inflammatory flavonoids, antioxidants and anti-cancer phytonutrients. Pear skin also contains roughly half of the fruit's dietary fiber.

This means that if you're not buying organic pears, you should scrub that fruit clean and enjoy the skin rather than peeling it.

Pear juice is also very good for you. It's actually considered to be a superior type of fruit juice because of the amount of nutrients it contains in comparison with other "clear" fruit juices. (Pear juice is very cloudy and most cloudy juices are more nutrient-dense than their clear counterparts.)

So, what does the nutritional information on a pear look like?

Antioxidant and anti-inflammatories. There are some very healthy acids within pears that make them extremely good for us. The red-skinned varieties (Red Bartlett, Seckel, Comice, Red Anjou and Starkrimson) contain high amounts of anthocyanins, and all pears  contain carotenoids. These guys all work together to reduce our risk of many chronic diseases, including Type 2 diabetes.

Cancer prevention. Pears are powerful fighters in the battle against all cancer, but especially esophageal cancer and gastric cancer.

Digestive aid. Pears are easy on the digestive system (it has low acidity levels), which is why it's one of the first fruits introduced to a baby's diet.

Hypoallergenic. When people are put on a low-allergy diet plan, pears are often included on the menu because there are so few reported allergic responses to pears.

Who else feels like ordering up a fruit basket right about now?! 


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