As Dr. Elizabeth Steinbaum, attending cardiologist and Director of Women’s Heart Health at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, National Spokesperson for the American Heart Association’s Go Red Campaign, and author, shared with Home Care Assistance: "Heart disease is 80 to 90% preventable, and it is never too late. “I think education and awareness is the key to empowering yourself to make the best lifestyle choices to lead the healthiest life."
Start leading a heart-healthy life today with this delicious dessert that won’t hurt your waistline.
Spice and Honey Pears
Serves 4; 2 pear halves and 1 heaping tablespoon of sauce per serving.
- 1 cup light cranberry juice cocktail
- 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
- 4 small, firm pears (about 6 ounces each), peeled, halved and cored
- 2 tablespoons sweetened dried cherries or sweetened dried cranberries
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons honey
- In a large nonstick skillet, stir together the cranberry juice, cinnamon and allspice. Add the pears and cherries. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook for 5 minutes, or until the pears are tender. Transfer the pears with the cut side down to a serving plate, leaving the liquid in the skillet.
- Cook the liquid, still on medium high, for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat. Stir in the honey. Spoon the sauce over the pears. Let cool completely, about 20 minutes. Turn the pears several times to coat with the sauce or transfer them to plates and spoon the sauce on top.
*Recipe courtesy of the American Heart Association
From all of us at Home Care Assistance, we hope you enjoy this sweet treat!