Pear and Almond Smoothie




Ah, the humble pear. Didn’t quite get the PR that berries and kale got, but in my eyes is still a seriously superfood.⁣

While there are lots of high fibre foods, pears are the highest fibre fruit and contain both insoluble and soluble fibre, as well as prebiotics. One medium-sized pear packs 5.5g grams of fibre, which is around 20% of your daily fibre needs. What’s more, pears are an excellent source of polyphenol antioxidants. ⁣

But! Be sure to leave the skin on, as the skin boasts up to six times more polyphenols than the flesh, and is also where you’ll find lots of the fibre.⁣

There are loads of different ways you can enjoy pears (stewed on porridge, sliced finely in a rocket salad, whole as a snack) but as we move into the warmer months and crave some cold, I thought there was no better time to work them into a smoothie. ⁣

🛒 INGREDIENTS⁣

1 pear, roughly chopped⁣

A handful of fresh spinach⁣

1/2 cucumber, chopped into chunks⁣

One cup of milk (I used almond)⁣

1/4 tsp cinnamon ⁣

1/4 tsp vanilla ⁣

1 tablespoon of almond butter ⁣

Serve of protein powder (or sub for natural yoghurt)⁣

👩‍🍳 Add everything to your blender and blitz until smooth. Add some ice cubes for a thicker consistency. ⁣

👩‍🍳 If you’re going to be enjoying this smoothie as a meal by itself, make sure you add some complex carbohydrates such as oats (1/4 cup will do) to ensure your smoothie is balanced and sustaining.

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