Did you have a chance to make these Baked Apples or Cheesecake yet? As I was shopping for more apples for my husband’s lunch, I couldn’t help but notice all the pears! They truly are one of nature’s great gifts!
Succulent pears are paired with phytonutrients (mostly found in the skin) and I recently discovered, higher in fiber than apples, ensuring you feel fuller longer. Who would have thought?
You know what else I noticed as I was shopping, most all were green and very firm. Pears actually ripen best off the trees, unlike most other fruit, so they arrive to the markets a bit before their peak. In fact, as I was shopping for pears for a smoothie workshop, I found none that were ripe enough for our class so I was thankful I had some frozen. Remember, once your fruit becomes too ripe for your liking, freeze to make creamy and delicious smoothies.
This simple smoothie soon became one of our top requested recipes! The good news, pears are in season, so I have found myself making this smoothie weekly. I also love how GOOD pears are for runners! They are loaded with Potassium, an electrolyte that helps maintain fluid balance! Plus, this sweet, juicy fruit is a good source of vitamin C and Vitamin K, a nutrient that’s important for bone health.
When you combine pears and cinnamon. I say “you have a match made in heaven”. Kind of like dark chocolate and sea salt if you ask me. YUM. I am so in love with this smoothie. Until pears are out of season, I have a feeling I’ll be making this smoothie often!
It only took a couple days and I had a pear ready for my morning smoothie. I was soooo excited I could hardly stand it. Just wash them up, remove the core and stem, but keep the peel on, and you’re ready to throw them in your blender.
I hope you like this as much as my friends!
CINNAMON PEAR SMOOTHIE
- 1 medium pear, cored but NOT peeled
- 1 tsp of cinnamon or more to taste
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 8 ounces of almond milk or beverage of choice
- 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
- 1 serving of Shaklee Life Energizing Shake Mix, Vanilla
- 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
- 1 handful of greens, optional
- dash of sea salt
- Place all ingredients in your high speed blender. Blend until smooth.
- Add more liquid to desired consistency.