Pear Smoothie Recipes and Nutrition

Pear3Pears are one of my favorite fall and winter fruits. They make a creamy base for a green smoothie and blend well with most other fruits.

Pear Nutrition and Health Benefits

Pears are a good source of dietary fiber and also contain levels of copper and vitamins C and K. Antioxidants in pears help promote cardiovascular and colon health and protects against age-related macular degeneration. Some studies suggest that pears might be a good fruit to eat to help protect against post menopausal breast cancer.

Pear Smoothie Recipes

Pear-Strawberry
2 pears
1 cup whole strawberries
2 cups fresh baby spinach (or other leafy green)
1 celery stalk
1 cup of water

Calories: 254 | Fat: 0.9g (grams) | Protein: 4.5g | Carbs: 66.7g | Calcium: 14% | Vitamin A: 86% | Vitamin C: 207%

Pear-Banana
1 banana
1 pear
2 cups fresh baby spinach (or other leafy green)
1 celery stalk
1 cup of water

Calories: 233 | Fat: 0.7g (grams) | Protein: 4.4g | Carbs: 61g | Calcium: 12% | Vitamin A: 87% | Vitamin C: 74%

Pear-Blueberry
2 pear
1 cup blueberries
2 cups fresh baby spinach (or other leafy green)
¼ avocado
1 cup water

Calories: 365 | Fat: 7.9g (grams) | Protein: 5.3g | Carbs: 52.7g | Calcium: 12% | Vitamin A: 86% | Vitamin C: 95%

Pear-Apple
2 pear
1 apple
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups fresh baby spinach (or other leafy green)
½ cup water

Calories: 274 | Fat: 0.6g (grams) | Protein: 3.6g | Carbs: 73.5g | Calcium: 11% | Vitamin A: 83% | Vitamin C: 75%

How To Select Pears

Select pears that are firm but not overly hard. Pears usually need to ripen for a few days before they are at their best for smoothie making. Once ripe, pears are extremely perishable. Avoid purchasing fruit with puncture marks or soft spots.

Pears are in the top 12 fruits and vegetables for potential pesticide residue, ranking 63 out of 100 according to research conducted by the Environmental Working Group. If possible, I would recommend only using organic pears.

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