Iced Pear Protein Smoothie

pear smoothie

Think juicy pear meets frozen banana.

 With some almond creaminess thrown in – mmmmh :) 

And yet this healthy smoothie doesn’t rely on refined sugar for its sweetness.

Nor does it use as much fruit as traditional smoothies.

 Since it’s overall very low on sugar, but high in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants , it’s a great addition to your snacks arsenal.

 This smoothie is a breeze to make – if you remember to freeze your ingredients a few hours or a day before, that is, hah!

 Once you’ve made it a habit to have some frozen fruit pieces and milky ice cubes in your freezer – you’ll never look back!

fruit freezing

 It’s just SO convenient, not to have to wash and chop, when you need a quick pick me up.

 Instead all you have to do when you get the munchies is whack your fav ingredients in the blender.

And voila you’re left with a beautifully frothy and ultimately comforting drink, that is quick to make and giving you lots of energy for the day- Yee-hah!

It’s the ultimate healthy snack food!

 Why not pop some in the freezer now, and have it ready for when you next get a sudden hunger pang.

Perfect mid morning, after work or even after exercise – since the added protein kick gives you extra energy…

Iced Pear Protein Smoothie
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Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • ½ frozen pear
  • ⅓ frozen banana
  • handful of almonds, preferably soaked (I used blanched)
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
  • a mix of frozen almond and rice milk (about a glass full)
  • optional: 1 tbsp vanilla protein powder (I used whey)
  • optional: green superfoods powder (I used chlorella)
Instructions
  1. Simply fill the frozen fruit pieces into your blender.
  2. Cover them with a glass full of either almond or rice milk – preferably frozen (I used half almond milk, half rice milk frozen into ice cubes the day before).
  3. Let it sit on the side for a moment if it’s still too frozen. Alternatively pour more almond/ rice milk over it to help melt it slightly.
  4. Add the soaked almonds and any protein or super foods powder or spice you are using.
  5. Blend until nice and frothy.

This is what the pear smoothie looks like without the pesky green Chlorella powder :-)

And yes, it does taste even better without it, because then the mild pear flavour comes out more.

frozen pear smoothie

Candida Diet Advice:

This smoothie is only suitable from late stage three of the diet onwards, when you are certain that you have no symptoms flare up when eating fruit (basically when you don’t react to antifungal medication any more). If you are unsure, a good indicator is how cooked sweet potatoes, potatoes and butternut squash or beetroot/ carrot agree with you.

 If they agree with you then you are probably fine with this smoothie, too ?

I started very slowly with re-introducing fruit back into my diet. For weeks I only ever added half a small green apple to my smoothies/ cereal. When I noticed no side effects from eating this I added a few blueberries or a few bits of frozen mango and developed it from there.

 Top Tip: Freeze your fruit in small chunks :)

 For instance you could try just adding 1/4 of a pear or 3 slices of banana to your smoothie initially. You’d be surprised how much flavour and sweetness this still brings to your drink.

 And if you are at the beginning of the Candida Diet right now, don’t be sad. There are quite a few lovely filling smoothies with Coconut milk that you can enjoy while you are healing, for instance this one.

     

    I shared this post with Raw Foods Thursday, Wellness Weekend, Gluten free Fridays, Healthy Vegan Fridays, 5 Ingredient Mondays, Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays and Tasty Traditions.

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    8 Comments

    • Linda

      Reply Reply July 12, 2013

      This is my kind of smoothie! I love the pear, banana, almond, and cinnamon combination. It sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing at Raw Foods Thursdays.

      • Sandra

        Reply Reply July 12, 2013

        Thanks so much Linda, I hope you try it. In the meantime I very happily try your Hot Chocolate Smoothie :-) sounds incredible!

    • Ricki

      Reply Reply July 14, 2013

      I haven’t had banana in over 4 years, since I started the diet! At this point, I think I may gingerly give it a try. The smoothie looks like a lovely place to start! :)

      • Sandra

        Reply Reply July 14, 2013

        That’s so cool Ricki! I’m chuffed to bits that you consider to celebrate this milestone in your recovery with my smoothie – hurray! I’m keeping my fingers crossed…! I really do believe taking only a third or fourth of a banana is the way forward for long-term candida sufferers. At least it seems to be ok for me at this stage. Like you I didn’t go near it – for years! Then I succumbed to a WHOLE banana while on holiday (which didn’t go down too well unfortunately). But a few months later I thought I’d give frozen bananas a go. And since I froze them in four parts it kind of made sense to try only a bit of it. Haha, it just occurred to me how funny this must look for anyone without candida reading this – talking about partial banana consumption ?

        Dates on the other hand are a totally different ball game. Two days ago (for the first time in 3-4 years!) I was daring enough to eat them – boy was that heavenly sweet. I think the cherries I had with the date filled crust tipped it over the edge though and caused some symptoms. Back to frozen bananas it is then!

    • That sounds super refreshing! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)

      Hope your week is great!

      Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com

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