With the holidays right around the corner, one thing we can all expect is a whole lot of food. Thanksgiving brings pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce and of course, turkey. This tends to be the time of year when we all abandon our diets for a month or so to indulge freely in festive foods.
While no one can blame you for wanting to hit pause on the diet, there really are some great recipes that will keep you on track without making you feel like you’re missing out. We found a dessert option for you that’s quick, easy, and even has some brain-healthy ingredients.
After searching Pinterest, we all agreed that this baked pear with walnuts recipe from SkinnyTaste.com is the winner. This recipe combines the earthy taste of walnuts, the sweetness of pears, and the holiday flavor we can’t live without – cinnamon.
But not only does this dish taste amazing, it has a ton of health benefits.
Incorporating walnuts into meals is a great way to add omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for brain health. Walnuts are also a great source of protein and antioxidants so they’ll keep you full while aiding in overall health.
Pears are packed with fiber, which aides in digestion and helps reduce inflammation. High fiber diets have also been linked a lower risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Not to mention, high fiber foods help lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
Cinnamon is a spice that not only tastes great, it’s actually a super food full of health benefits. Similar to the other ingredients in this recipe, cinnamon is a great antioxidant, may help with inflammation to fight diabetes, it may lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and may even defend against cognitive decline. Some researchers say as little as a half teaspoon of cinnamon a day is enough to reap its benefits.
This recipe also includes a drizzle of honey. If you opt for raw honey, then you’ll get some great health benefits from this ingredient too. Again, you’ll get a giant dose of antioxidants, which may lower the risk of heart disease and cancer. It also helps promote melatonin production in the brain, which can help regulate sleep. Additionally, some studies tout the combination of raw honey and cinnamon as a blood sugar aide for diabetics – how convenient that this recipe has both!
Ready to give it a try? Find the full recipe here.
Homolka, Gina. Baked Pears with Walnuts and Honey. Retrieved from http://www.skinnytaste.com/baked-pears-with-walnuts-and-honey/
Health Benefits of Cinnamon & Nutrition Facts. Retrieved from https://draxe.com/health-benefits-cinnamon/
The Many Health Benefits of Raw Honey. Retrieved from https://draxe.com/the-many-health-benefits-of-raw-honey/
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