Pear, Cinnamon, & Cardamom Green Smoothie (a smoothie for the winter months)

If you’ve been following me for awhile now, you know that I love food. More specifically, I love to eat food. Which is why I don’t always find smoothies to be particularly satisfying. There’s no chew! But seriously, textures like crunch give a dimension and character to my food that I love. And experiences that involve actually chewing your food (yes, I’m being serious) make eating feel far more satisfying. This is a fact. Have you noticed? This doesn’t mean that an occasional drink (a glass of full-bodied red, perhaps?) doesn’t feature prominently in my diet, but we’re talking breakfast here.

But I digress. This pear, cinnamon, & cardamom green smoothie is, by far, my favourite winter smoothie. It’s robust and filling and sweetly spiced. I particularly love the addition of greek yogurt. Its tartness well balances the sweet pear and the earthy spice. But most of all, this smoothie fracking delicious! If I want to have a good start to my day, I add vegetables to my breakfast. It pretty much guarantees it. And when I’m looking for a sweeter start to the morning, this is the option that I choose. Guys, you can’t taste the spinach!!!  It just adds a wicked cool colour (and majorly ups the health ante). Seriously, for all you green smoothie skeptics out there, I challenge you to try it. Get some greens into you first thing and you’ll feel like a million bucks.

Pear, Cinnamon, & Cardamom Green Smoothie
(Serves 1)

// Ingredients //
2 generous handfuls of baby spinach
1 ripe pear, chopped into large chunks
1 cup almond milk, or other milk of your choice
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt (or dairy-free plain yogurt of your liking)
1/8 tsp of ground cardamom
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
3 ice cubes
2 – 3 drops vanilla stevia or sweetener of your choice, optional ***Taste first before adding the sweetener.

Combine all ingredients minus the stevia in a blender, and blend until smooth. Taste. If sweetness is needed, add the stevia (or sweetener of your choosing). Depending on how ripe the pear is, your smoothie may already be sweet enough. Enjoy!

If you’re still looking for chew, top it with granola, hemp seeds, or toasted almonds.



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