This refreshing Pear Ginger Smoothie is packed with greens, healthy protein and fiber! Perfect for breakfast, snack or even a healthy dessert!
Today definitely feels like a Monday. Ever since Christmas Eve my husband has been off of work which meant I really slacked off on the work I should have been doing and of course it’s come back to bite me in the butt. Instead of working on recipes and blog posts like I probably should have been, I spent a lot of time laying around watching movies, shopping, starting a massive painting project on the house, drinking coffee and tea and eating junk I shouldn’t have. When your spouse who rarely takes any time off of work has an entire week off, you take advantage of it, even if it means this week is going to be insanely busy.
Luckily keeping busy will help me stop my mindless junk food eating that I’ve been helping myself to ever since Christmas. When I’m bored or just laying around being lazy I tend to occupy my time by shoveling food into my mouth. In this case it was the remaining Christmas candy, cookies and New Year’s Eve crap which I am so thankful is gone now…most of it disappeared into my stomach and thighs. I have no one to blame, but myself. It was fun while it lasted, but I’m over it and it’s time to get back on track! I’m starting my road back to healthy eating with this awesome Pear Ginger Smoothie.
Pears and ginger aren’t high on my list of ingredients I think of adding to a smoothie, but I really wanted something different this time. Usually it’s all about frozen bananas and berries, but that gets old after a while, plus it’s more summery and Colorado is so far from those warm summer months I don’t even want to think about it. Case and point, it was 8 degrees out on my long run Saturday morning.
It turns out if you dice up a couple of pears and freeze them, they make an excellent addition, not to mention one that’s full of fiber to this green smoothie. The fresh grated ginger is perfect if your stomach is all sorts of angry with you from the not so healthy foods you’ve been indulging in. Not only does that freshness give you a cleansing feeling, but it can also help soothe that bloated, grumbling, upset stomach. To give the smoothie a healthy dose of protein to keep me full until lunch, I added Greek yogurt and almond butter, works like a charm every time. Let’s ditch the cookies for breakfast and the chocolates for snacking and replace them with this pear ginger smoothie instead!
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk or milk of choice
- 1 cup spinach
- 1 heaping cup diced frozen pears
- 1/2 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- 1 tablespoon honey or to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 292 Total Fat: 9g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 6g Cholesterol: 15mg Sodium: 171mg Carbohydrates: 36g Fiber: 6g Sugar: 21g Protein: 21g
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