A Merry Peary Christmas
Dietetic Intern, UTSA, San Antonio
Senior Nutrition Blog Entry – December, 2014
I can’t believe Christmas is just around the corner! It’s time to break out the Christmas music, light up the fireplaces, and eat those yummy foods that pop up on our dinner tables once a year. Personally, this is my favorite time of year to experiment with fun dessert ideas that give a little more variety than the traditional Christmas pie. This year, I decided to play around with an old favorite of mine – baked fruit! Sometimes, raw fruit like apples and pears can be difficult to chew and may even feel a tad boring to eat time and time again. But what if I told you we could turn some of those average little fruits into a delicious dessert fit for the Christmas season? Here are two simple recipes that will be a perfect addition to your holiday feast.
Baked Pears with Walnuts – Adapted from SkinnyTaste.com
Serving Size: ½ Pear
- 2 large ripe pears
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp honey
- 1/4 cup crushed walnuts
- (optional) yogurt or frozen yogurt
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Cut pears in half and place on baking sheet. Slice the bottoms so they stand upright.
Use a measuring spoon or melon baller to scoop out the seeds.
Sprinkle with cinnamon & top with walnuts and 1/2 teaspoon honey over each one.
Bake in the oven for 30 minutes. Remove, let cool, share, and enjoy!
Nutrition Information: Calories: 110.5; Fat: 5 g; Carb: 17 g; Fiber: 3 g; Protein: 1.5 g
Christmas Baked Apples – Adapted from SimplyRecipes.com
Serving Size: 1 Apple
- 4 large Golden Delicious apples
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans (optional)
- 1/4 cup currants or chopped raisins
- 1 Tbsp butter
- 3/4 cup boiling water
Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Rinse and dry the apples. Using a sharp paring knife or an apple corer, cut out the cores, leaving the bottom 1/2 inch of the apples intact. If you use a paring knife, cut out the stem area and then use a small metal spoon to scoop out the seeds. Make the holes about an inch or so wide.
Place the brown sugar, cinnamon, currants or chopped raisins, and chopped pecans (if using) in a small bowl and stir to combine. Put the apples in a baking dish and fill each one with the sugar stuffing mixture. Place a pat of butter on top of the sugar.
Pour the boiling water into the bottom of the baking dish.
Bake at 375°F (190°C) for 30 to 45 minutes, until the apples are cooked through and tender, but not overcooked and mushy.
Remove the apples from the oven and baste them with the juices from the pan and serve!
Nutrition Information: Calories: 220; Fat: 6 g; Carb: 42 g; Fiber: 5 g; Protein: 1 g
These little desserts will satisfy any holiday sweet tooth. They contain fiber for a healthy digestive system, are filled with antioxidants, and can even protect against heart disease. Share these delicious treats and give your family and loved ones the gift of health to enjoy this beautiful holiday season, and many more to come!