Get your FREE Nutrition eBook → Click Here

Cooking & Recipes

Poached Pears {Recipe}

by Marissa on December 9, 2016

sugar free poached-pears-recipeEarlier this week I arrived to an acupuncture session with a nagging, dry cough. It ended up being the onset of the flu, but at the time, I didn’t know it. My acupunturist suggested a few remedies, including poached pears, which in Chinese Medicine, nourish the lungs. Something about poached pears sounded so good to me, but I knew most recipes use sugar, honey, wine or some combination of the three. I wanted my poached pears recipe to be free of added sugar. 

For this poached pears recipe I used D’Anjou pears. It’s important that the pears are ripe, but firm. Once the pears poach, you can drink the poaching water, which is also a treat. I topped my poached pears with dairy-free coconut yogurt. You could also drizzle some almond butter on top and sprinkle with granola. 

This recipe makes a delicious and festive healthy dessert or snack.


Poached Pears (Sugar-free)
Serves 2
A festive and healthy dessert or snack.
Write a review
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
  1. 2 ripe D'Anjou pears, peeled and halved
  2. 2 cups water
  3. 2 inched ginger, peeled and sliced
  4. 1 cinnamon stick
  1. dollop of coconut yogurt
  2. drizzle of almond butter
  3. sprinkle of granola or chopped nuts
  1. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a saucepan.
  2. Add sliced pears along with ginger and cinnamon
  3. Turn the heat down to simmer and let the pears cook for 25-30 mins.
  4. They are done when you can easily pierce with a fork.
  1. Top with regular or dairy-free yogurt, almond butter or granola
  2. Optional: drink the poaching water
Where I Need to Be


4 Healthy Thanksgiving Sides

November 22, 2016
Thumbnail image for 4 Healthy Thanksgiving Sides

Every year we spend Thanksgiving at my mom and dad’s house in Louisville, Ky. and every year I come equipped with recipes for healthy Thanksgiving sides. This year, I arrived a full 10 days before Thanksgiving thinking it would give me plenty of time for me to plan my contribution of healthy Thanksgiving sides. Yet, […]

Read the full article →

How to Make the Perfect Smoothie

October 28, 2016
Thumbnail image for How to Make the Perfect Smoothie

I did a private smoothie workshop with a client this week. Our smoothie creations were seriously so good. Her mind was blown when she realized how easy it is to put together a smoothie at home, so I thought I would highlight a few of my favorite tips for how to make the perfect smoothie.  […]

Read the full article →

How to Meal Plan Like a Pro + FREE Meal Planning Printable

October 19, 2016
Thumbnail image for How to Meal Plan Like a Pro + FREE Meal Planning Printable

When I work with clients in my Health Coaching programs, meal planning is one of the biggest hurdles standing in the way of reaching their healthy living and weight loss goals. Most clients are completely capable of doing it, but they let the overwhelm of it all keep them from doing it.  Where do you start? […]

Read the full article →

Berry Sauce for Pancakes {Recipe}

February 11, 2016
Thumbnail image for Berry Sauce for Pancakes {Recipe}

Make this berry sauce recipe and I promise your life will be changed. Since I’ve cut back on sugar, including natural sweeteners, I no longer douse my gluten-free pancakes in maple syrup. It was kind of a bummer until I discovered this out-of-this-world berry sauce recipe. I adapted the berry sauce recipe from I Quit […]

Read the full article →

How to Make Detox Tea {Video}

January 11, 2016
Thumbnail image for How to Make Detox Tea {Video}

How to Make Detox Tea January is a popular time to cleanse and detox. I’m all about fresh starts and cleaning out your system, but I advocate doing it with real food rather than an all-juice cleanse. If you don’t know how to make detox tea, that changes today! This tasty, naturally sweet and refreshing detox […]

Read the full article →

Summer Ice Pops Recipe

May 28, 2015
Thumbnail image for Summer Ice Pops Recipe

  This post is sponsored by Evolution Fresh.  The first weekend of Summer came and went and left me with a nasty cold – my first in at least 6 months! One of the ways I keep my immune system strong and re-build it when it takes a hit is by getting a daily dose – […]

Read the full article →

What Is a Smoothie Bowl?

April 7, 2015
Thumbnail image for What Is a Smoothie Bowl?

We’re slowly getting over our jet lag and coming down from the best week of our lives in Mexico, our wedding week. My Rx for jet lag: plenty of sleep, cutting back on workouts, eating super healthy, nixing the alcohol- and of course, throwing in a smoothie bowl here and there. After our six mile race […]

Read the full article →

How to Prepare Beans

September 7, 2014
Thumbnail image for How to Prepare Beans

Beans seriously don’t stand a chance. When I bring up beans during my coaching sessions with clients, I get silence and blank stares. Either they’re too boring, they don’t digest well or clients simply don’t know how to prepare beans. Now with the latest Paleo craze, beans are suddenly on the “do not eat” lists of […]

Read the full article →