Spiced Pear-Walnut Muffins

Decadent fruit-and-nut-filled muffins, with 60 percent whole grain and 4 grams of fiber, are perfect for breakfast or a nutrient-rich snack. Pears — use any variety in these muffins — contain cholesterol-lowering soluble fiber and anti-aging antioxidants. Heart-healthy walnuts contain omega-3 fats. And according to the latest research, phytonutrients in raisins may help fight gum disease. Replacing some of the heart-healthy canola oil with applesauce helps keep the total fat content moderate.

Kim Galeaz is a registered dietitian and owner of Galeaz Food & Nutrition Communications based in Indianapolis and Jacksonville, Fla.

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