Variety is the spice of life so I’ve been having fun creating Smoothie recipes lately. Often I use frozen bananas and berries but decided I wanted to diversify and improve the nutrient density of my shake even more.
I’m adding two new ingredients this week, pears and ginger. Pears are one of the highest-fibre fruits and have a low glycemic load. They are a good source of vitamins C, K, B2 and B6 and contain calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper and manganese. Vit C and copper are antioxidant nutrients and good for your immune system. I like to dice my pears and freeze them but they can also be used fresh. Ginger promotes satiety and helps control hunger. Like cayenne pepper and turmeric, ginger may temporarily increase thermogenesis in your body, where your body burns fuel such as fat to create heat. Ginger also has broad-spectrum antibacterial, anti-viral, antioxidant and anti-parasitic properties. To give the smoothie a healthy dose of protein and keep me satisfied until my next meal, I add Greek yogurt and TruPlenish which contains 20 grams of plant protein per serve.
Pear and Ginger Smoothie
- 1 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk
- 1 cup spinach or kale
- 1 heaping cup diced frozen pears
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
- 2 Scoops Vanilla TruPlenish
- Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.