The Best Green Smoothie
Start your day with a Pear Ginger Green Smoothie for a natural energy boost. Sweetened by fruit and a bit of honey, this refreshing smoothie could easily pass as dessert.
Pear Ginger Green Smoothie
This smoothie is my favorite light breakfast. It’s free of refined sugar and artificial sweeteners. Instead, its natural sweetness comes from fresh, juicy comice pears.
Comice pears have a buttery (not gritty) texture that’s perfect for a creamy smoothie. The skin is thin, too, so you won’t need to peel them.
Thanks to fiber-rich chia seeds, you’ll feel fuller after drinking this green smoothie. The additions of low-fat Greek yogurt, banana, and milk also guarantee it will be creamy and satisfying. The “green” in the name comes from fresh spinach. The spinach disappears into the smoothie for high nutrition without a “green” taste.
Finally, with a hit of spicy ginger and yogurt probiotics, this smoothie has the power to settle an upset stomach. So if you’ve been indulging lately and your tummy needs a break, a pear ginger green smoothie can help give you a reset.
All in all, this is one powerhouse smoothie to add to your breakfast or post-workout rotation! For more creamy and filling smoothies, enjoy the taste of pumpkin pie in a glass with a Pumpkin Pie Smoothie. And my Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie rivals the best strawberry milkshake, but with far fewer calories.
How to Make A Green Smoothie
- Combine the ingredients. Add all the ingredients to a blender.
- Mix. Puree everything together until smooth. Depending on your blender, this may take a couple of minutes.
- Add ice if desired. To make a thicker smoothie, add 1 cup or more of ice while blending.
- Serve. Pour the smoothie into your favorite glass and serve immediately.
- Use 1-2 chopped dates in place of honey for a whole-food vegan sweetener option.
- Add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to add more tartness to the smoothie.
- Boost the richness of the smoothie by adding a tablespoon of almond butter before blending.
Tips & Tricks
- No comice pears? No problem. If you don’t have access to Comice Pears, you can still make this green smoothie. Bartlett and Anjou pears are all good varieties to try instead.
- Make this smoothie dairy-free if you prefer! Just use dairy-free coconut, almond, or soy yogurt in place of Greek yogurt. Then replace the milk with your favorite non-dairy alternative.
- Make this smoothie vegan. Follow the dairy-free instructions above for a vegan smoothie and omit the honey.
Ginger is optional. If you’re not a fan of spicy ginger, feel free to leave it out.
Serve this pear ginger green smoothie in a tall glass. Place extra slices of pears and a sprinkle of chia seeds on top for a beautiful presentation.
If you’re eating light for a day (or a few days), this smoothie could be enjoyed alongside a Watermelon Blueberry Feta Salad. It would also pair perfectly with a flavorful Strawberry Arugula Salad with spicy blueberry vinaigrette.
Can I use regular plain yogurt instead of Greek yogurt?
You can use regular plain yogurt if it’s what you have on hand. The smoothie won’t be quite as thick as with Greek yogurt, but it will still be delicious and just as good for you.
What are some health benefits of ginger?
Ginger root has natural anti-inflammatory properties. It’s also great for improving digestion and relieving nausea.
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Get the Recipe: Pear Ginger Green Smoothie
- 1 Comice Pear, stem removed, cut in half and cored
- 1 cup fresh baby spinach
- 1 banana, peeled
- 1/2 cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon honey, optional
- 1/2 teaspoon minced ginger
- 1 blender or food processor
- Add the ingredients to the pitcher of a blender.
- Puree until smooth.
- Pour into a chilled glass and serve.