Healthy Holiday Recipes: Cranberry Pear Sauce

WRITTEN BY: BodyChangers
Sunday, December 15th, 2013

With the holidays fast approaching, it’s sometimes difficult to find healthy foods to prepare. The experts from UPMC BodyChangers, a weight loss and support group program, recommend that eating healthy around the holidays is important to maintaining your overall health and weight loss goals.

Vicki March, MD, co-director of UPMC BodyChangers, offers the tips on how to prepare delicious cranberry pear sauce.

“The pears and dried cherries give this cranberry sauce an extra touch of natural sweetness, allowing you to cut down on added sugar,” says Dr. March. “You can make this cranberry sauce several days in advance. Just keep it tightly covered and refrigerated until you’re ready to serve. Perfect for a holiday side or dressing.”

Makes about

4 cups

Total time

55 minutes

Follow These Steps to Prepare


  • 1 bag (12 ounces) fresh cranberries
  • 3 ripe Bartlett pears, (about 1 1/2 pounds), peeled, quartered, cored, and cut into 1/2 inch chunks
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup water


  1. In a medium-sized, heavy-bottom non-aluminum saucepan, combine cranberries, pears, sugar, dried cherries, and 1/2 cup water. Bring to a boil over medium heat.
  2. Reduce to a simmer and cook, stirring frequently to prevent scorching, until berries have popped and are tender (about 15 minutes). Cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate until chilled.

Nutrition info per serving

Calories: 149

Fat: 0 grams

Protein: 1 gram

Carbs: 38 grams

Fiber: 4 grams

Source: WholeLiving.com



UPMC BodyChangers is a weight loss management and support program that helps members achieve their weight loss goals and maintain a healthy lifestyle through an array of exercise classes, education and support groups, and group outings. Based at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, UPMC BodyChangers creates a supportive community of like-minded individuals who want to be happy, healthy, energetic, and fit by taking better care of themselves. Read More