Spiced Pear Smoothie

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I usually have some eggs or a smoothie for breakfast. Yes, you read that right–I still enjoy a smoothie even when it’s cold, but I love to put a spin on the smoothie and incorporate spices or different fruits. This Spiced Pear Smoothie is the perfect fall beverage without all of the sugar and processed ingredients in typical pumpkin spiced drinks. This smoothie also includes one of my favorite milk alternatives, Brazil nut milk. Add protein powder to up your nutrients.

Further Food Nutritionist Commentary:

Brazil nuts are an excellent source of selenium, an important nutrient for skin health and metabolism. They are also high in heart-healthy antioxidants and fiber to protect against heart disease and certain types of cancer.

The chopped pears add even more hunger-crushing fiber and immune-boosting vitamin C to make this smoothie a healthy and satisfying start to your day!

By Emily Cooper

Spiced Pear Smoothie

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes, plus overnight soaking time
  • Cook Time: n/a
  • Servings: 2

Ingredients

For the Brazil Nut Milk:
1 cup Brazil nuts
5 cups water

For the Smoothie:
2 cups chopped pears (freeze before blending)
1 teaspoon of alcohol-free vanilla extract
1 rounded tablespoon pumpkin pie spice mix
*For a sweeter option, add 1-2 dates.

Instructions

  1. First make the Brazil nut milk by soaking the Brazil nuts in 2 cups of water overnight or for a minimum of 8 hours. Drain the water, rinse the nuts well.
  2. Place the Brazil nuts in a blender and add 3 cups of fresh water. Blend for 45 seconds and then strain the liquid through a fine mesh strainer. Place in the fridge to cool.
  3. In a blender, combine the milk, chilled pears, vanilla, spice mix, and dates (if using). Blend on high speed for 45 seconds, until smooth and creamy.
  4. Serve immediately.
First make the Brazil nut milk by soaking the Brazil nuts in 2 cups of water overnight or for a minimum of 8 hours. Drain the water, rinse the nuts well. Place the Brazil nuts in a blender and add 3 cups of fresh water. Blend for 45 seconds and then strain the liquid through a fine mesh strainer. Place in the fridge to cool. In a blender, combine the milk, chilled pears, vanilla, spice mix, and dates (if using). Blend on high speed for 45 seconds, until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information

Per Serving:
Calories: 396; Total Fat: 31 g; Saturated Fat: 13 g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0 g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 0 g; Cholesterol: 0 mg; Sodium: 11 mg; Potassium: 714 mg; Carbohydrate: 46g; Fiber: 10 g; Sugar: 19 g; Protein: 11 g
Nutrition Bonus:
Vitamin C: 19%; Vitamin A: 1%; Iron: 35%; Calcium: 27%;

 

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