I've always loved pears—they are a sweet, juicy harbinger of Fall. My whole family races to eat them when they become ripe. Speaking of which, have you ever noticed that pears, like avocados, seem to follow a certain pattern: not ready, not ready, not ready, THEY ARE ALL PERFECTLY RIPE, oops, now they are overripe. That window of perfect ripeness is only a couple of days long, hence the race to eat them all.
I don't know what you did this summer, but I lived the good life. The very good life, I should say, and now that it's Fall, I'm feeling that it's time to cleanse a little. What better way to cleanse and detox than by adding a few pears to your life, especially when one is feeling especially, ahem, pear-shaped?
Besides being delicious, pears are very high in fibre, Vitamin C, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory flavonoids. When mixed with spinach and hemp, the result is a power house of nutrition! This green pear smoothie is a perfect way to start your day—with energy, vitamins, and lots of fibre to make you feel full all morning.
In a high-powered blender, blend together spinach, hemp seed (if using), and water until smooth.
Add pears and blend until smooth. Add ice and blend until frothy. Use more ice if you prefer a slushie-like smoothie, less if you prefer a thick juice-like one.
(Yield: 1 giant or 2 medium smoothies)