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Pear Ginger Smoothie

This refreshing Pear Ginger Smoothie is delicious nutrient packed drink for kids with fruit, veggies, and healthy protein! Perfect for breakfast, snack or even a healthy dessert!

2 tall glasses filled to the top with a vibrant green smoothie. Cut pears, ginger root, and straws are strewn about around the glasses.

Smoothies are one of my favorite ways to sneak in fruits and veggies as well as introduce new flavors to kids. The reason they are so good is not only is it easy to pack a lot of good for them nutrients in, there is also little for them to worry about texture wise.

They are smooth and cool and often bright fun colors like this pink dragon fruit smoothie which kids love or can be mixed with favorite flavors like this mint chocolate smoothie! For this particular version, it is a good option for those who need a dairy and gluten free option.

This smoothie has ginger which is an ingredient people most commonly associate with Southeast Asian and Indian food. It is packed with beneficial nutrients like Vitamin C and magnesium and is commonly used to treat settle an upset stomach.

a glass of water, a lemon, ginger root, a bowl of ice, spinach, a pear, and bowls of vanilla extract and almonds sit on a light background

Ingredients

Shopping list

  • Pear
  • Spinach
  • Ginger
  • Lemon juice
  • Almonds

Pantry (or freezer) staples

  • Ice
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Cold water

Substitutions

If you would like you could swap the water for milk, coconut milk, or almond milk.

Other add ins

Other ingredients to add that can be a good nutritional boost:

  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup oatmeal
a 4 photo collage showing various ingredients being added to a blender
top left photo: spinach leaves in a blender, top right: adding lemon juice on top of the ginger, almonds, and spinach, bottom left: adding sliced pears to to the container, bottom right: adding ice to the blender

Other ways to serve smoothies

If your children still struggle to drink just a smoothie you can try a couple different things. Sometimes, doing something as simple as putting the drink into a special cup or with a fun straw can entice them.

You can also try serving this in different ways:

  • as a smoothie bowl with granola
  • pour into an ice cube tray or popsicle mold and freeze
  • turn into a slushie with your ice cream maker
  • swap the water for milk and the ice for Greek yogurt and use your ice cream maker to make frozen yogurt

Sometimes simple swaps like these can help kids overcome their objections.

looking down into the blender cup full of a bright green liquid with bunches of bubbles on top

FAQ

Do you need to peel pears for a smoothie?

Nope! There is no need to peel the pears in the smoothie and like other fruits, the peel has nutrients in it so it’s always a good idea to keep it on. However, that is always a matter of preference so peel the pear if that is what you want to do.

Are there benefits to adding ginger to a smoothie?

Ginger has vitamin C, magnesium, and other beneficial minerals. It is also commonly used to treat nausea and inflammation. Whether you are healthy or sick, it’s a great ingredient to add to your food.

Are smoothies better with water or milk?

Smoothies can be made with either water or milk, it really depends on your preferences. Milk, including dairy free options, will give you a creamier smoothie. However, using water helps to keep the overall calorie count down when adding other nutrient dense ingredients like nuts, yogurt, and nut butters.

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Recipe

looking down into two glasses filled with pear and ginger smoothie

Pear ginger smoothie

This simple pear and ginger smoothie packs a nutrient rich punch that is a delicious way to sneak some greens and more into your day.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2
Calories: 166kcal
Author: Jade Jones

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 large ripe pear cored and quartered
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 Tablespoon peeled chopped ginger
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¼ cup almonds
  • ¾ cup cold water
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth
  • Consume immediately.

Notes

If you would like you could swap the water for milk, coconut milk, or almond milk.
Other ingredients to add that can be a good nutritional boost:
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup oatmeal

Nutrition

Calories: 166kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 46mg | Potassium: 420mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 2845IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 94mg | Iron: 2mg
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