Pear Kiwi Smoothie
Seems like an odd combination, right? Pear and kiwi? I've been trying all sorts of new flavor combos lately as a personal challenge for myself. Some flavors flop, while others soar and this pair (no pun intended) works together just right!
I love smoothies but never really make them at home that often. Maybe it's because I'll feel bad causing so much noise with the blender, or I just hate the clean up. Regardless, smoothies are the easiest way to get a full serving of fruits and veggies into your diet first thing in the morning.
Choosing the right fruits isn't hard - it's the vegetables that are the challenge. The easy options are spinach, kale, lettuce, or another relatively flavorless leafy green. However, if you're a salad for lunch kind of person, you're already meeting those nutritional needs and it's important to have diversity in your diet.
One of my favorite vegetables to add to my smoothies is frozen zucchini. Zucchini is part of the squash family and considered a summer time vegetable. It's an excellent source of Vitamin C and manganese, which is good for bone and tissue health, plus brain and nerve function!
I actually got my zucchini from my first Imperfect Produce box and froze it because I wasn't sure how I wanted to use it yet. Click here to get $10 off your first Imperfect Produce order!
At the beginning of the year I shared two smoothies I frequently make to help reset my digestive system. The first was my Super Green Detox Smoothie which is full of fruits and vegetables to remove any impurities from your digestive system quickly. I love this one after a long weekend of indulging.
The other is my Orange Cranberry Ginger Smoothie which also seems like an odd flavor pairing but is perfect for anyone who loves tart flavors. This is another delicious but diet-resetting smoothie as ginger and cranberry naturally detoxify your body while the orange adds a boost of Vitamin C to your immune system.
If a smoothie by itself is not enough to keep you satiated throughout the morning, I recommend having one or two of my Blueberry Oatmeal Energy Bites. The oats will help keep you feeling full with an extra dose of protein.
This Pear Kiwi Smoothie is refreshing, not too sweet, and easy to prepare ahead of time if desired. Keep all the ingredients in a sealable bag or mason jar and store in the freezer until you're ready to blend it up. All you'll need to add is the water!
- 1 whole pear, peeled
- 1/2 cup frozen zucchini chunks (optional to peel ahead of time)
- 1 kiwi, peeled (add an extra if you prefer a tarter flavor)
- 1 tbsp hemp seeds
- 1/2 tbsp fresh parsley
- 1/2 inch cube of fresh ginger
- 1/4 cup cold water
- In a blender, add your peeled pear and kiwi, zucchini chunks, fresh parsley, hemp seeds, ginger, and cold water. Blend on high until you get a smooth texture. If you prefer a thicker consistency, add less water and try freezing your fruits over night before blending.