February 5, 2018, 3:40 pm
Top-notch, Lip-Smacking, Pear Smoothie!
By JEANNE ROMERO
The top-knotch, lip-smacking, pear smoothie – EVER! Whether you are looking for a quick and healthy breakfast, a creative snack, or an occasional meal replacement, this Pear Grape High-Protein Smoothie recipe has got you covered! With its delicious taste, high nutrient content, and vibrant color, you really can’t go wrong.
This easy smoothie concoction features a blend of pear, grape, banana, and spinach, making it a fun way to take care of those required fruit and veggie servings you are always reading about. Also, the specific ingredients chosen for this green smoothie make it a protein-packed drink; you can thank the yogurt, almond, and soy milk for that. Additionally, smoothies are quick and easy to make; throw everything in the blender, mix, and you have yourself a healthy drink you can feel good about.
The Power of Protein
It’s essential to incorporate protein into your daily meal plan. Proteins play a major role in the development and proper function of our bodies. As a result, it can affect hormones, muscles, tissues, bones, the heart, and even our mood, just to name a few.
Let’s break it down a bit. Some of these important functions include keeping blood sugar on track, enabling the absorption of key nutrients, and allowing for a boost in muscle mass. In addition to this, protein can assist in managing weight, plays a big role in the creation and maintenance of strong bones, and it can allow for the proper upkeep of collagen for healthy skin. An adequate amount of daily protein keeps us on the path to great health, just another reason to incorporate a high-protein smoothie into your daily regimen.
Smoothie Ingredients that Make a Difference
This high-protein smoothie does more than just provide a high dose of protein; it also delivers a generous serving of many other health-promoting elements. Each ingredient provides a multitude of benefits, but we will discuss just a few for each key ingredient so you can gain a general understanding of how healthy this fruit and veggie smoothie really is.
Soy Milk: A great alternative for lactose intolerant individuals. This traditional milk replacement contains essential vitamins such as E, D, K, B12, and B6. Soy milk offers a complete plant-based protein, along with calcium and iron.
Yogurt: This popular food is a great source of high protein, vitamins, and minerals, as well as beneficial probiotics that support the digestive tract. Additionally, yogurt contains a significant amount of potassium, as well as calcium for bone health, and can assist in weight management.
Pears: This sweet delicious fruit is packed with specific antioxidants that play a role in sweeping up free radicals from our bodies. With this being said, grapes protect our cells and keep our skin looking young. It also boasts beneficial vitamins, fiber, and protein.
Grapes: Studies show that the phytonutrients found in grapes protect skin cells from the damaging effects of ultraviolet light radiation. Equally as important is the fact that grapes are also known as an anti-inflammatory food that helps shield our body from the damage of inflammation. This little snack contains a good source of vitamins A, C, and K.
Bananas: This super fruit is loaded with potassium, which is said to lower your risk of heart disease. Bananas are a good source of calcium, magnesium, fiber, vitamin C and B6. This yellow fruit may also play a role in protecting your body from free radicals, as well as chronic diseases.
Spinach: A leafy green vegetable that is loaded with healthy items such as iron, potassium, calcium, zinc, copper, vitamins C, A, K, E, B2, and B6. Spinach also provides omega-3 fats, protein, and polyphenols that assist in enhancing the immune system.
Almonds: Protein-packed, vitamin-rich food that adds fiber to your diet, as well as unsaturated fatty acids. Almonds play a role in assisting in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, inflammation reduction, blood sugar control, and can improve the health of your skin. Furthermore, almonds are a wonderful source of calcium, fiber, and potassium, along with vitamins A, D, B.
Pear Grape High-Protein Smoothie
What You Will Need:
- 1 cup soy milk
- 1/3 cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt
- 1 tbs. almond meal
- 1 ripe pear – stem and seeds removed
- 10-15 green seedless grapes
- 1 ripe banana
- 1/2 cup chopped spinach – tightly packed in measuring cup
- 1/2 cup ice cubes
(Makes 2 servings)
Create Your Smoothie:
Step 1: Place all ingredients in the blender
Step 1: Mix on high until fruits and veggies are well pureed
Step 3: Serve immediately and enjoy
Smoothie Creation Tips:
Tip 1: Freezing your grapes and the peeled banana will allow you to skip the ice
Tip 2: If you prefer not to use soy milk, simply replace it with almond or rice milk
Tip 3: If your blender is capable of crushing almonds, create your own almond meal
Tip 4: Freeze your smoothie in individual to-go cups and grab one for breakfast
This fun smoothie recipe will provide you with the protein you need, as well as give you a boost in energy. We hope you enjoy this high-protein nutritional drink. Cheers!