Give your day a nutrition “punch” with this delicious pear smoothie featuring creamy avocado, spinach, coconut water and fresh mint. Vegan and gluten-free. Sponsored by Dole.
I wanted to pop in today to share a new pear smoothie recipe that I’ve been hooked on lately. It’s packed with lots of green (fresh pear, spinach, avocado and mint) and blended into creamy perfection.
For whatever reason I rarely buy pears. I think it’s because they can sometimes be a little mealy (a texture I despise), but they’re actually really, really good in smoothies. If you haven’t tried adding pears to your smoothies, I highly recommend trying it. The same goes for avocado in smoothies — sounds a little strange but it adds such a creamy texture and lots of healthy fat!
Back to the power punch pear smoothie… it’s creamy, hydrating and perfect for summer. I made the full recipe on Thursday afternoon and drank one smoothie as a mid-afternoon snack and saved the other one for breakfast today. I topped it with a little granola and ate it with a spoon. So good!
Here’s What You Need:
Smoothies don’t get much more green than this! Literally every ingredient (minus the clear coconut water) is green!
pear – pears are a nutrition packed fruit! 1 pear has 6 grams of fiber and lots of folate, vitamin C and potassium. They are anti-inflammatory, have been shown to improve heart health and may help with weight loss. Just make sure you eat the peel as most of the nutrients are found there. (Source)
avocado – the superfood of all superfoods. Avocado are loaded with healthy fats and fiber. They have significant amounts of vitamin K, folate and potassium (even more potassium than bananas!) and have been linked to eye health, arthritis and weight loss. (Source)
coconut water – basically nature’s Gatorade… ha! Coconut water is a great source of hydration paired with natural vitamins and minerals. It has been shown to improve heart health and blood pressure issues and is a great beverage to include in your diet. Be sure to grab coconut water without any added sugar! (Source)
spinach – one of my favorite leafy greens, spinach is the perfect addition to a smoothie that adds nutrients without a strong flavor. It’s high in fiber, vitamin C, K, iron and calcium. Yup! You don’t need to drink milk to get your calcium fix. (Source)
mint – I love adding fresh herbs to my smoothie – it makes them extra refreshing! Mint is high in vitamin A and antioxidants. It may help with indigestion, bad breath and could help with brain function. Worth adding! (Source)
Tips on Saving a Smoothie for Later:
Store the smoothie in a glass container with an airtight lid (I use mason jars, but a thermos would probably work really well too). Seal the container and place in the fridge as soon as possible.
Try to fill the container to the top to avoid extra air which will cause the smoothie to oxidize.
Add a little lime or lemon juice to prevent oxidation.
Take the smoothie out of the fridge when you’re ready to drink it. Give it a good shake and enjoy.
Plan to drink the smoothie within 24 hours — it probably won’t keep much longer than that.