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
Serves: 1
Adapted from here.
  • 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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17 Responses to Pear and Arugula Smoothie

  1. 1

    Looks like a vibrant and awesome way to start the day. Pears are most excellent, especially in smoothies!

  2. 2
    Sasha says:

    I thought oatmeal in a smoothie was daring, but arugula?! That’s really bold. Thanks for the inspiration ;)

  3. 3

    Oooh, arugula in a smoothie? Quite intriguing.

  4. 4
    kelly 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.

  5. 5

    I’ve always used almonds in my smoothies but pine nuts sounds interesting! Though almonds are much easier to come by but anyhow i think I will try pine nuts next time. Love the animated pics btw!

    • 5.1
      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.

  6. 6

    I’ve never seen a green smoothie look so good! Maybe that’s weird for some people but I love pear. Thanks for sharing! Would you mind visiting my blog? :)

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    organic box says:

    I love pears! This organic smoothie sounds yummy!

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