Nourishment can be a factor in shifting the body to a relaxed state. Choosing warm rather than cold fruit can enhance digestion, feelings of satiation and contentment and contribute to restoring a stable internal environment for optimal functioning.
Poached Pears Recipe
(We served this regularly for breakfast at The Yoga Lodge.)
- 4 firm, ripe pears
- 1/4-1/2 cup water
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 cinnamon sticks or 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
Peel and halve pears. Core and place the pears cut-side-up in a shallow baking dish. I like to use one that has a glass cover, but that’s not essential.
Mix together maple syrup, lemon juice, lemon rind, water, cinnamon, cardamom, and pour over the pears, adding more liquid if necessary.
Place a dollop of ghee in the hollow of each pear and sprinkle with a bit more cinnamon and cardamom. Cover (with glass or foil) and bake in a 325 degrees oven for about 1 hour or until soft.