8/14/13

Healthy Eating: Green Spiced Pear Smoothie Recipe


By on 8/14/2013 09:56:00 AM


Six months ago, I never would have dreamed that homemade, fresh fruit and veggie smoothies would become my afternoon snacks of choice.   I ate fairly healthy foods--most of the time--but, obviously had room for improvement!  Today, after losing 20 pounds, I can honestly say that I have developed a few daily habits that the “old me” never considered possible!  My addiction to afternoon smoothies is one of those “new” habits--and this green spiced pear smoothie recipe is one of my latest, favorite, healthy snack foods. 

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Ingredients for a Green Spiced Pear Smoothie
1 c. Fresh Baby Spinach Leaves with Stems
½ Large Banana (Cut into chunks and frozen if desired)
1 c. Fresh Pear (Peeled, cored, & chopped)
1 c. Unsweetened, Vanilla Almond Milkor Other Milk of choice
¼ c. Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurtor Vanilla Flavored Greek Yogurt
½ tsp. Ground Cinnamon
1/8 tsp. Ground Ginger
Dash of Ground Nutmeg
Stevia (sweetened to taste)

How to make a Green Spiced Pear Smoothie
Blend the smoothie.  Layer the smoothie ingredients into a blender or personal blender with lidand blend for 1-2 minutes or until smooth.  Serve freshly blended.  This recipe makes one serving.

The Green Spiced Pear Smoothie is super simple--and much healthier than grabbing a few handfuls of chips or sweets for an afternoon pick-me-up.  It certainly gives me the energy to keep moving on my daily to-do list until dinner!

Notes:
Don’t let the greens scare you away from a “green smoothie”!  I prefer baby spinach to other greens because it’s a little more and isn’t as bitter or as strong as older spinach leaves or types of greens.  I never make a smoothie without adding greens--and aside from the color change, never really taste the green.

I don't water down the smoothie.  I use frozen chunks of banana instead of ice cubes for a more “frozen” texture--but, you could sub in 4-5 small ice cubes instead.  Instead of regular water, I often freeze a tray of coconut water for ice cubes and use those in smoothies.

Flavoring and seasoning adjustments.  For those with nut allergies, other milk may be substituted in the recipe--but, ½ tsp. of vanilla should be added for flavoring.  Feel free to adjust the spices and re-blend to suit your tastes.

       

About Angela

Angela is a freelance writer and blogger, blessed with 3 daughters, 4 cats, 1 needy dog, and 1 very supportive husband.

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