Pear and Gorgonzola Salad (GF)
3 C Mixed Baby Greens
2 Small Pears, Washed and Thinly Sliced
¼ C Gorgonzola Cheese, Crumbled
¼ C Pecans Halves
¼ C Dried Cranberries
3 Tbsp. Olive Oil
1 Tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar or Red Wine Vinegar
1 tsp. Honey
½ tsp. Dijon Mustard
Pinch of Salt/Pepper
Mixed Baby Greens are most nutrient dense when they are red or darker green. These dark greens are loaded with vitamin A for eye health, immunity, growth and reproduction. Greens are high in vitamin K which helps keep blood vessels healthy and bones strong. They are full of phytonutrients that act as antioxidants to help prevent chronic diseases and cognitive decline.
Pears are a great source of fiber. Fiber aids in satiety, which helps you feel full longer and helps to maintain a healthy weight. In addition, fiber helps defend against heart disease because it helps to maintain healthy cholesterol levels, healthy blood pressure and eases inflammation. Fiber also has digestive benefits by helping to keep you regular. Pears are a great source of Vitamin C which helps fight free radicals that lead to chronic diseases including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and dementia.
Pecans are a great source of heart-healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat that helps lower LDL cholesterol. They are high in fiber which promotes regularity and are a great source of calcium, magnesium, and potassium which helps lower blood pressure and maintain heart-heart.
Gorgonzola is a great source of vitamins B2, B6, B12 which are important for the nervous system and the immune system.