Boost your immune system with this simple smoothie featuring fresh pears and ginger.
I rediscovered smoothies recently and can't get enough! I've mentioned on the blog before that my youngest son is a picky eater. He's slowly expanded the veggies he will eat, but it can still be a challenge to get those valuable nutrients in him. After one particularly rough refusal, it dawned on me that we never try to hide his veggies in a smoothie. We did this all the time with his big brother and it worked like a charm! So, I whipped up a green smoothie and passed it along to our toughest critic. He slurped it down and asked for seconds!
So, I'm back on the smoothie train! The thing I love about smoothies is that you don't need to follow a recipe to make one. Building a smoothie is as simple as pairing ingredients that you have in your fridge and making them palatable enough to slurp down! Ha! While you don't need a recipe, following one when you are first making smoothies, rebuilding this habit, or when trying new combinations, is always helpful. This Ginger Pear Smoothie may have a few unknown ingredients and it will help to follow the recipe the first time you make it.
Our Kitchen Council member, Kaleigh McMordie of Lively Table, created this immune-boosting ginger pear smoothie with just a few ingredients. She used kefir as the base, which offers probiotics for gut health. She then layers in vitamin C-rich spinach and fiber-filled pears. Let's not forget about the addition of ginger - it has a bioactive substance called gingerol that may lower the risk of infections and inhibit the growth of bacteria. Put together, this smoothie is creamy and sweet with just enough spice and super refreshing.
Watch the video below before making your own Ginger Pear Smoothie. If my picky eater drank this without a fight, then yours will too! Enjoy!
Check out the recipe below and let us know what you think in the comments!
- 1 Stemilt Pear, diced
- 1 cup Plain Kefir
- 1 tsp Ginger Paste or Grated Fresh Ginger
- 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
- 1 tsp Honey
- 1/4 cup rolled oats
- One handful Spinach
- 1/4 cup ice cubes
Recipe: Ginger Pear Smoothie
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- Yield12oz servings
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Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy immediately!