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Roasted Parsnip, Potato, and Pear Soup

Peeling the potatoes in this soup makes it easier for your body to access the healthy carbs for energy.

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Try This Vanilla Spiced-Pear Smoothie

Ready to incorporate more pears into your diet? At only 200 calories, this high-carb, pear-filled smoothie makes the perfect pre-workout snack. Prep and freeze your pears ahead of time to make whipping it up even easier. (Here: how to perfect your freezer smoothie prep.)

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You'll Recover Faster

Cyclists who ate pears before, during, and after their workouts biked faster and recovered more quickly than those who had only water, according to a study at the Human Performance Laboratory at Appalachian State University in North Carolina. The combination of healthy carbs and a blend of polyphenols in the fruit speeds up the muscle-healing process, study author David C. Neiman explains. The vitamin C in pears and other fruit can also boost your immunity, which can dip postworkout. (Here: other ways to naturally boost your immune system.)

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