I’m always trying to change up my morning smoothies with whatever I have on hand. Yesterday I decided to try adding a pear and it was so good that I thought I’d share.
I also wanted to mention a good addition to smoothies, Spirulina. I am not at ALL into supplements but after reading so much about Spirulina I decided it really does have a lot to offer. You’ve probably heard how good sea vegetables are for us…seaweed, algae, nori, they are all from the superfood family of sea vegetables. Well, Spirulina is a natural sea algae that you can buy in powdered form and add to smoothies without it changing the taste. (It does make the smoothie more blue-green in color though) I’ve been adding Spirulina to all my smoothies because it gives me Vitamin B12, something I don’t get on a vegetarian diet, as well as beneficial fatty acids, chlorophyll, protein, and many more vitamins and minerals. Research has shown that Spirulina can be beneficial for people with type 2 diabetes, helps ward off heart disease and cancer, and acts as a detoxifier for the liver. You can find Spirulina at any health food store. I buy Pure Hawaiian Spirulina Pacifica from Whole Foods. A 5 oz bottle is about $20 but it lasts quite a while. Be sure to store in the fridge after opening.
This smoothie is great with or without the sprulina!
Green Pear Spirulina Smoothie (serves 2)
1 ripe pear, any variety, peel on, chopped in half
1/2 c frozen pineapple
2 large handfuls spinach
2 T flax seeds
2 t spirulina
1 C unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/2 c water
Blend and enjoy!