Juicy Pear Smoothie

Please don’t throw tomatoes at me…

Yes, I am giving you YET another smoothie recipe.

I know, I know, it’s like I’m obsessed or something. But the thing is, ever since I returned from Cuba, I got completely hooked on smoothies and have been having one every single day of the week.

Needless to say I got to play with a lot of different flavor combinations, and I got to be bit creative too, especially considering the fact that I try and stay away from the classic and way too easy “choco/banana” combination.

I don’t think that I’d have ever thought of making a pear smoothie, though, if it hadn’t been for the fact that I had purchased a bunch or pears with a very specific purpose in mind, but that purpose never materialized after all.

Since I’m not really one to eat whole fresh fruits all that often, I sort of had to find a way to use them.

And what a fantastic way this was. Pears are so tasty to start with, this smoothie didn’t need much of anything else to make it into something really great.

For real, this has got to be the most refreshing smoothie I have ever had, yet, it contains so much protein that it’ll keep you satisfied for a very long time!

JUICY PEAR SMOOTHIE

INGREDIENTS
(Serves 1)

  • 1 ripe Barlett pear
  • ¼ cup 1% fat cottage cheese
  • ¼ cup 0% fat plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup egg whites
  • ½ cup unsweetened soy milk
  • ½ scoop (20g) vanilla flavored protein powder
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed meal
  • Pinch ground cardamome
  • A handful of chopped pistachio, to garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Add all ingredients to your food processor and process until smooth.
  2. Transfer to drinking glass and sprinkle with chopped pistachio, if desired

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Comments

  1. says

    I cannot believe I’ve never put pear in a smoothie!! That sounds so delicious. Usually pears around my house get eaten up while they’re still fairly firm because I can’t stand a mushy pear. I love the cardamom you added too – it’s one of my favorite spices but there’s only a couple places where I use it. You’re inspiring me to get back into smoothies – I really need to, they are such an awesome source of nutrients and so delicious.

  2. says

    I always have fresh smoothies for breakfast. I usually just take whatever fruit I have mixed with cream and choco and I am good…I never thought my morning smoothie can be this flavorful and delicious too. The cardamom and the soy milk really made a big difference in taste and texture. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Kelly T says

    Hi Sonia, I am a huge fan of your website. I made a simple variation of this recipe today: A very ripe pear, 2 large spoonfulls of nonfat greek yogurt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Thanks so much for the great idea!

    • says

      Gee, Kelly, I can’t believe I had missed your comment… I just saw this now. I feel terrible about this. So sorry. I really truly appreciate your taking the time to leave such great feedback! Glad the recipe inspired you to create something you truly enjoyed. Aren’t pears like the freshest fruit ever? Which reminds me, I still have one in the fridge. I think I know what’s for breakfast tomorrow! :)

      Again, sorry about being so late replying. Hope this finds you somehow!

  4. Clarisse says

    How many calories do you think this has? I’m trying to cut back but this looks too delicious not to try.

  5. Joann says

    I was so pleased with the avo-mango smoothie this morning that I decided to try another one of your smoothies for lunch. This was absolutely delicious too! Actually – today was a total “Healthy Foodie” day since for dinner I had some of the hummus on a wrap with fresh mozzarella, spinach and tomatoes. And I already know what I’ll be having for breakfast again tomorrow! ;)

    • says

      I love how fresh this one is. It would be another one of my “usuals”. Glad you liked it too! Doesn’t beat the Joann Special, though! ;)

      Your wrap sounds delicious! I never thought of using hummus in lieu of tomato sauce on a pizza… could be really good! There you go, inspiring me once again! Keep them comments coming, Joann! :D

      • Joann says

        I added a couple handfuls of baby spinach to this smoothie today. I really need to get my greens in my smoothies because I find I don’t eat enough if I don’t. I wasn’t sure if it would ruin this smoothie or not but it was hardly noticeable. I’m going to have to try it with the “special” smoothie now. I had always put it in my avo-mango but yours was so special that I didn’t want to ruin it. Now that I’ve had it a couple times I’ll take the risk.

      • says

        Love the idea of adding a few spinach leaves! Must make the green that much more vibrant, and I bet the taste doen’t change much at all. Great idea! I guess I never really feel the need to add spinach to my smoothies, since I already eat over a pound a week in salads and various dishes, but I should make it a habit to add a handful or two, once in a while, just for fun! ;)

  6. Nikki says

    I made a spinich smootie evry day just about. You can not taste it, this even better idea just made my day!

  7. says

    this recipe looked so awesome that I had to include one of your pictures on a post i did about smoothies and shakes. i linked it to this page and gave you credit, of course! here’s the link and thanks for sharing! http://wp.me/p1cn3Q-vb

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