Lap Band Dietitian, Helen Bauzon recommendation to make healthier and or more band friendly highlighted in red.
• 3 packham pears, cored, cut into 2cm pieces
• 2 cinnamon sticks
• 1 star anise
• 2 teaspoons caster sugar
• Star anise, to serve (optional)

Step 1
Place pear, cinnamon sticks, star anise and 4 1/2 cups cold water in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low. Simmer, partially covered, for 10 to 12 minutes. Cover. Set aside for 10 minutes to let flavours develop.

Step 2
Strain mixture into a heatproof jug. Add sugar. Stir until dissolved. Pour into warmed glasses. Serve with star anise (optional)
Source: Super Food Ideas – June 2009, Page 88
Recipe by Claire Brookman
Photography by Mark O’Meara