RECIPE | Healthy Green Smoothie: “The Perfect Pear”

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With fall in full swing and colder temperatures, it can be soooooo easy to fall off the diet wagon and reach for comfort foods. Hot, buttery biscuits? Hearty stews? Pot pies? Stuffing? All sound delicious, but are absolutely sinful if you’re trying to keep the weight off around the holidays.

My philosophy has always been that if you start the day off right with a healthy breakfast, you’re much more likely to make healthy decisions throughout the day. That’s why I am a BIG fan of making yummy green smoothies in the mornings for breakfast. Best part? The possibilities are endless.

 

Here’s one of my favorites that I’m sipping on this morning, which I call the “Perfect Pear” Smoothie. Before we get into the recipe, here are just a few health benefits of the ingredients:

 

  • Kale: The “queen of greens” is one of the healthiest superfoods on the planet. It’s low in calories, high in fiber and has zero fat. It’s also high in iron, antioxidants, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, calcium, and is a great anti-inflammatory food.
  • Pears: Pears are one of the highest fiber fruits. Filling up on fiber can help keep you full, prevent a bloated belly, and also helps to lower your cholesterol. They’re also jam-packed with vitamins like C, K, B2, B3, and B6.
  • Peaches: Peaches are great to help rid your body of toxins. Since they’re packed with Vitamin C, peaches are also great for skincare (they’re even rumored to help reduce wrinkles and dark under-eye circles).
  • Bananas: You’ll never look at bananas the same way again after reading this article. Bananas are THE superfood!
  • Water: Well, DUH!

So, here’s what you’ll need:

Tools:

  • A vegetable peeler (I like the OXO Serrated Peeler from Williams-Sonoma, $12.95))
  • A blender, juicer, or food processor (I use the Ninja Master Prep Pro blender, below. It’s amazing –you can get one at Target for $60)

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Ingredients

  • 4 kale leaves or two handful of frozen kale
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 5 frozen peach slices
  • 1 Bosc pear, peeled and sliced
  • 2 packets of Splenda (or more if you like your smoothies super-sweet)

Place your kale in your blender with enough water to make it easier to blend. Pulse for 30 seconds. Add in your fruit and Splenda. Pulse for another 30 seconds. If the consistency is too thick for your taste, add in a little water bit by bit to thin it out, but be careful not too add too much.

If you do end up adding too much, I recommend adding another banana to thicken it (you can save the extra smoothie for later in the fridge).

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That’s it! Easy, delicious, and super healthy! I like to drink mine out of these cute paper straws to add a little sass to my morning routine 🙂

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Please share YOUR favorite smoothie recipes in the comments section below!

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