Here we are in the new year! I hope your holidays were wonderful and not too glutinous. Who am I kidding? For me, the holidays are a month or so of throwing in the towel on watching what I eat.
I don’t mean that I am completely out of control. I still drink my smoothies and try to eat balanced meals but there are too many parties and baked goods that are impossible to avoid.
You know what? That’s OK. I let myself have this special chunk of time to, well, eat whatever I want when I want to.
But now it’s back to reality. Which is where this delicious cranberry pear smoothie comes in.
As much as I do like summer fruits and the flavor combinations, I must admit that there really are some wonderful winter fruits, too. Like cranberries and pears.
Pears are so deliciously sweet and juicy. The tartness of cranberries blend so nicely with the pears, keeping this cranberry pear smoothie from being too sweet.
It’s also very good for you.
Cranberries are extremely high in antioxidants. They also have anti-inflammatory properties that can help prevent inflammation around the gums, stomach, large intestine (colon) and cardiovascular system. Cranberries are also known to help prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs) by not allowing bacteria to stick to the lining of the bladder and ureters.
Pears are a very good source of dietary fiber and a good source of copper, vitamin C and vitamin K. They also have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant health benefits. Because of their high fiber content, pears might help protect against the development of type 2 diabetes.
The skin of pears contains at least three to four times as many phytonutrients as the flesh. Whether you are eating them whole or blending them in smoothies be sure to have the skin, too!
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Cranberry Pear Smoothie
- 1/2 ripe pear, cored and cut in half
- 1/4 cup cranberries
- 1/2 tsp peeled, grated ginger root or jarred ginger (or 1/4 tsp. dried ground ginger)
- 1 tsp. lemon juice
- 1/4 tsp vanilla powder or extract (optional, skip this if you are using vanilla protein powder)
- 1 serving vanilla protein powder (optional, the one I use can be found here)
- 3/4 cup water
- 4 to 5 ice cubes
For extra fiber add 1 tbsp chia seeds.
Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy!
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