This ginger pear smoothie tastes like a classic poached pear dessert. It’s loaded with fiber, will hydrate you first thing in the morning, and is perfect for breaking your fast, thanks to the digestive aid of ginger and mint. We’ve packed it with protein and greens to make it a complete meal full of the nutrients your body needs.
Just one pear provides six grams of fiber. Fiber is crucial for pushing waste through the digestive tract and removing toxins from the body. It also acts as a prebiotic, meaning it is food for our good gut bacteria. Having thriving gut bacteria is essential for digestion, immunity, and mental health. Many believe gut health is the backbone of our overall health, and science supports that claim.
In addition to their high fiber content, pears are also rich in vitamin C, which helps our body produce collagen. Vitamin C consumption cues the body’s DNA to create and maintain its collagen, which is particularly important as we age. Collagen helps keep skin smooth and elastic, improves gut health, and is vital for joint function.
Pears are also an excellent source of copper. Copper acts in conjunction with iron to produce red blood cells. Red blood cell production is crucial for carrying oxygen throughout the body and returning carbon dioxide to the lungs to be removed from the body. Copper helps the body absorb iron and is important for bone health, a healthy nervous system, immunity, and blood vessel function. As a result, adequate copper consumption helps reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Both mint and ginger have been used medicinally for centuries, emphasizing their benefits to digestion. Mint helps relax the muscles of the digestive system, relieving bloat and constipation as a result. This relaxation can also help improve the pain and discomfort associated with IBS. Ginger soothes the digestive system thanks to its gingerol content. Gingerol is a compound that helps relieve nausea and may help fight the flu. Ginger has been shown to help speed up the emptying of the stomach, which may help fight indigestion related to sluggish digestion.
2 cups spinach
2 whole pears
1 teaspoon ground ginger (or 1 tablespoon fresh)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup mint leaves
1 cup almond or coconut milk
1 cup ice
Optional: 1 date
Chop pear, discarding stem and seeds (keep the skin on). Peel ginger if using fresh. Juice lemon.
Add all ingredients to the blender and blend on high until creamy and smooth.
Serve and enjoy immediately.
Recipe and photography by Kaitlyn Noble
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