Pear and Arugula Smoothie

Pear and Arugula Smoothie

I’ve reached that point in the new year where my body is just craving something healthy.  Cake, ice cream, burgers and Chinese food have recently been added to the list of things I don’t want to eat at the moment.  This list is, of course, only temporary.  But as for right now, I am officially on a health kick.  Morning meals include homemade granola, scrambled eggs sans butter, and variety of delicious smoothies.  My Spiced Oatmeal Smoothie is a standard, but recently, I’ve been ob. sessed. with this Pear and Arugula Smoothie.  Peppery arugula is blended with orange juice, pine nuts, yogurt, ginger and fresh pear.  The finished smoothie is light, bright and packed with flavor.  It’s seriously the easiest way to down a cup of greens in the morning.  Continue reading for the recipe (with animated GIF!).

Blending a Pear and Arugula Smoothie Pear and Arugula Smoothie

Pear and Arugula Smoothie
Adapted from here.
Serves: 1
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts (almonds or walnuts would work as well)
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt (I used fat free)
  • 1/2 ripe pear, cored
  • 1 1/4-inch slice fresh ginger, peeled
  • 1 cup arugula, tightly packed
  • 3 - 4 ice cubes
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth (about 1 minute). Enjoy immediately!

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  1. says

    Love the animation — definitely a space saver! And the bright flavor in that smoothie has me thinking I need to get out of my rut. Nice add on the ginger and pear.

    • Brandon Matzek says

      Thanks! I have a big bag of pine nuts in my fridge from Costco, so I’m always looking for new ways to use them. Almonds would certainly work too.


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