Yes, you can have treats and eat healthy at the same time. It’s all in the balance.
What’s the balance? Eat well 90 percent of your week, then you’ll have 10 percent of the week to enjoy your favorite foods. I’ve also heard people say 80/20, but I aim for 90/10. I figure most weeks I fall somewhere inbetween.
This easy tart recipe follows the 90/10 rule. After all, it’s filled with apples, pears and pomegranates, so you’ll get a serving of antioxidant filled fruits. Even better, I’ve used very little sugar, so the taste of fresh fruit shines through.
Thanks to a grocery store pie crust (sorry to disappoint anyone who makes their own), our treat was ready in an hour.
Can’t beat that!
- 1 large pie crust, rolled out
- 4 cups pears, cored and thinly sliced
- 4 cups apples, cored and thinly sliced
- ½ cup pomegranate seeds
- ¼ cup sugar
- ¼ cup flour
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1. Preheat oven to 350.
- 2. Spray cooking stone or baking sheet with cooking spray and fold out pie crust.
- 3. Mix apples, pears and pomegranate with sugar, flour and cinnamon in a large bowl.
- 4. Spread in the middle of pie crust and gently spread to 1 1/2" from the edges. Fold the edge of pie crust up over filling, leaving most of the filling exposed in the center.
- 5. Bake for 1 hour until fruit is tender. Cover with foil if crust begins to brown too much.
What’s good for me in this dish?
Apples are a great source of vitamin C and fiber. Vitamin C is an important antioxidant for a healthy heart. The flavonoids in apples also contribute to heart health. High in fiber, apples can help lower LDL cholesterol.
Pears are high in vitamin C, a water soluble vitamin required for growth and repair of tissues. It helps us form collagen, the protein that is used to make skin, tendons, ligaments and blood vessels. C is an antioxidant which is a nutrient that blocks the damage caused by free radicals. Useful for the aging process and fighting cancers and heart disease.
Pomegranate is high in potassium and antioxidants. Potassium helps regulate water balance and muscle function. This is very helpful for people with high blood pressure and heart disease. The antioxidants help with blood oxidation and blood lipids. It is also thought to help prevent prostate cancer.
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat: 9.02g
Total Carbs: 46.85g
Dietary Fiber: 4.70g
Weight Watchers Points 5
Nutrition details obtained from whfoods.org, nutritiondata.com, about.com, and abouthomecooking.com. The statement made here are strictly my opinion and are not meant to replace medical advice from your physician. Please see disclaimer for further details.