How are you all doing? Hope your Monday wasn't too terrible! The wonderful Gina at Fitnessista selected me to pick the next BSI (Thanks Gina!!). I went back and forth on what to pick alllll day! I wanted to pick either something that was in season, that can be made to be either savory or sweet, or that everyone had on hand in their kitchen. So far, the BSI's have been:
Week 8: Cranberries
Week 7: Lentils
Week 6: Polenta
Week 5: Butternut Squash
Week 4: Apples
Week 3: Mushrooms
Week 2: Tomatoes
Week 1: Quinoa
and Week 9..................................
(picture from here)
I picked pears for a number of reasons: 1. they're delicious, 2. they are "in season", and 3. they have many health benefits including (all of this info came from here):
1. Good source of vitamin C and Coper which protect our body from oxygen-related damage due to free radicals.
2. Pears contain fiber which helps prevent constipation and ensures regularity. ;)Fiber also binds to cancer-causing chemicals in the colon, preventing them from damaging colon cells. Results of a prospective study involving 51,823 postmenopausal women for an average of 8.3 years showed a 34% reduction in breast cancer risk for those consuming the most fruit fiber compared to those consuming the least.
3. They are a hypoallergenic fruit.
4. Eating more fruit can help protect against macular degeneration (i.e. losing your sight).
(for even more benefits see this website)
SO bring on the pear recipes! Please send me your recipe either via a link in my comments or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight on Sunday 11/2! A fun prize pack that will keep you cooking will be given to the winner!