I’ve got another pear post for you, since I’m still trying to use up that big ol’ bag of pears I bought. One could have worse problems in life than trying to come up with creative ways to eat pears, no? This time I decided to create a breakfast that makes no sense with our plummeting temperatures (it has been dropping as low as –5 Celsius at night!). Yes, instead of something warm and comforting like oatmeal or pancakes, I made myself a smoothie.
I remember having a conversation with a customer who said she used pears in her smoothies. I had never tried it, but I’m not against throwing pretty much any fruit or veggie into the Blendtec and seeing how it turns out. I just had to come up with some other ingredients that would work with my pear creation – something that would complement the pear flavours and not overpower it. I wanted to play with the green colour (well, the pears used to be green), but had no good smoothie greens available, so I decided to add some matcha powder.
I also grabbed some avocado and hemp seeds (more green!), and combined them with almond milk and my new favourite whey powder – North Coast Naturals Iso Protein (vanilla flavour). Healthy fats, protein, and produce – all the key ingredients to making a healthy, filling smoothie!
It was a nice, subtle combination of flavours. I’m a big fan of matcha, so I might go a little heavy handed on it for some people’s tastes – just keep that in mind if you try it. The pear blended up nicely and gave it enough sweetness, and the avocado gave that creamy smoothie texture we associate with bananas. I would even consider adding a handful of baby spinach if I had it on hand, just to amp up the plant power and green colour!
Green Tea Pear Smoothie
Pears, avocado, matcha, and hemp combine to make this creamy mint green smoothie. It’s packed with protein, fibre, and healthy fats, so it should keep you going throughout the morning.
- 1 medium pear, cored and chopped
- 1/4 avocado
- 1 scoop (30 g) vanilla whey protein powder (I used North Coast Naturals Iso Protein)
- 1 tbsp hemp seeds
- 1 tsp matcha powder
- 1 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1. Add all ingredients to your blending machine of choice. Whiz them up until you have a smooth, creamy smoothie. Enjoy!
Note: Matcha can be a very strong flavour – play around with the amount to suit your tastes. Use a vegan protein powder if you want to keep it vegan.
Smoothies in winter – yay or nay?