Cocoa Pear Smoothie

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Do you love chocolate? Is eating healthy important to you? If you answered yes to both these questions, this smoothie is for you.

I didn’t ever have chocolate cravings before having my girls. But as soon as I became pregnant with my first, I instantly started to crave chocolate. And, unfortunately this craving has continued.

I found the combination of pear and cocoa perfect in this recipe. I also added in some medjool dates to sweeten it up. I love adding medjool dates to my smoothies. They are loaded with nutrients, but have no fat in them, so they make a perfect natural sweetener. Click here to learn more about the healthy benefits of medjool dates.

If you’re like me and you crave a sweet treat in the afternoon, this smoothie is sure to satisfy.

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Cocoa Pear Smoothie
 
Ingredients
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 medjool dates
  • 2 pears
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1.5 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa
Instructions
  1. Remove the core of the pear, but keep the skin on for the extra fiber. Add the almond milk and ice in the blend first and blend together for about 20 seconds. Add the rest of the ingredients into the blend and blend on high for 30 seconds. The liquid helps pull the other ingredients towards the blade for a smooth blend.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 Calories: 381 Fat: 3.2g Trans fat: 0g Sodium: 187 mg Protein: 4.0g

 

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

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I used to love going to Starbucks this time of year for a Pumpkin Spice Latte. I also feel confident saying that Pumpkin Pie is probably one of my top three favourite deserts. So the fact that it’s Fall and pumpkin season makes me really happy.

I came across this warm and savory Pumpkin Quinoa dish on the lovely irealfoods blog. We made it for dinner last night and paired it with salmon and it was delish.

We only used ¼ of a large can of pumpkin puree, so I was excited to make my Pumpkin Spiced Smoothie today. I love packing my smoothies with extra protein so I added a tablespoon of almond butter to my recipe, which worked really well with the ingredients. I enjoyed it while both kids were napping this afternoon. I felt a little guilty that I didn’t save any to share with my daughter Lauren, but you snooze you lose!

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One cup of pumpkin puree supplies 3.4 grams of iron, a mineral that helps keep you from getting sick by supporting a strong immune system. I’m always getting sick this time of year, especially now that I’m sleep training my baby and majorly sleep deprived! You can ready more about the health benefits of pumpkins here.

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup unsweetened original almond milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 ½ teaspoons real maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • a pinch of nutmeg and all spice
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter (this is optional, but I thought the flavor softened out a bit of the bitterness from the pumpkin puree)
Instructions
  1. One cup of pumpkin puree supplies 3.4 grams of iron, a mineral that helps keep you from getting sick by supporting a strong immune system. I’m always getting sick this time of year, especially now that I’m sleep training my baby and majorly sleep deprived!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 Calories: 125 Sugar: 5 Protein: 50