Pear Smoothie

This pear smoothie is flavored with banana and cinnamon. It’s a healthy, high in protein snack or breakfast you can make in minutes.

Am I the only one that was surprised yesterday to realize that we turn the clocks back this weekend?

This pear smoothie is flavored with banana and cinnamon. It's a healthy, high in protein snack or breakfast you can make in minutes.

I can’t even begin to understand how the heck we’re already to the point of 5pm darkness around here.

I hate this time of year.

Really, I do. I get in a funk. I’m pretty sure there’s a name for that feeling.

Oh yeah, seasonal depression.

I seriously think I might have it.

As if that wasn’t a rude enough awakening guess what else I discovered?

3 grey hairs. In the same spot. On the right side of my head.

I’ve always secretly laughed at those people with the awkwardly placed grey patches on their head wondering why the heck they don’t do something about it. Hair dye is cheap enough, you know?

I fear I may be becoming one of them and will soon elicit weird stares of my own.

Pear Smoothie with banana and cinnamon is a high protein, healthy snack in a glass!

What does any of this have to do with a pear smoothie?

Nothing.

Except that I needed something to cheer me up after those two incidents and my grilled cheese + pickle sandwich (no, I’m not pregnant) wasn’t as photogenic.

This healthy pear smoothie has flavors of banana and cinnamon in it and makes a great midday snack or even breakfast.

How To Make This Simple Pear Smoothie

You know all those healthy smoothies out there with a laundry list of ingredients, half of which you’ve never even heard of? 

This isn’t one of them. The ingredients are as basic as it gets for this pear smoothie.

  • pears
  • frozen banana (or not frozen, just add more ice in that case)
  • cinnamon
  • milk (I used almond milk but any kind will work)
  • vanilla protein powder

The vanilla protein powder can be any kind you like. If you want to keep things dairy free, use a plant based one.

I have used and love SFH vanilla whey for years now. It’s 100% grass fed, tastes delicious and doesn’t result in a weird chalky texture when you bake with it or use it in oatmeal like many other protein powders do. They also have a churro flavor and it’s outrageous. Just sayin’.

If you didn’t want to use a protein powder at all, try an ultra-filtered milk like Fairlife. The protein content is higher since the milk is ultra-filtered. It won’t be quite as much protein as protein powder but still pretty good for a small glass/snack in this pear smoothie.

Check out my tutorial for more tips and tricks on how to make a healthy smoothie – it teaches you all about each layer of the perfect healthy smoothie in 3 easy steps.

The only thing left for this pear smoothie recipe is some ice and a high-speed blender (going on 6+ years with my Vitamix and love it!).

Blend it up and enjoy all that cinnamon spiced pear flavor!

Try this healthy, high protein pear smoothie for an on the go breakfast or an afternoon snack.

If pears aren’t your thing, you can try these other smoothies:
Pineapple kiwi mint smoothie
Persimmon vanilla bean smoothie
Blood orange smoothie
Almond butter and jelly smoothie

Happy Saturday!

I’ll be outside enjoying the last “long” day of the year trying to build up my vitamin D stores for the winter.

Yield: 1 serving

Pear Smoothie

Pear Smoothie
This pear banana cinnamon smoothie is healthy, high in protein and a great afternoon snack or even breakfast you can make in minutes.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pear
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup ice

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.

 

Grey patches…weird or cool & quirky?

Does anyone else get the winter time blues? What are your coping mechanisms?

29 Comments

    1. Karen Ouellette

      Its delicious! I used two ripe bartlett pears, tipped in some cinnamon, one banana and some lactose free half and half that I had in the frig for a different recipe that I forgot about. I don’t care for ice so I blended it as is and it was very tasty…

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  1. barbara

    If you live north of Georgia at this time of year, being outside all day won’t help the vit D enough….so take your supplements! ;) with a “fatty meal” for best absorption!

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  2. Hayley @ Oat Couture

    Yep, seasonal affective disorder. I get it when I spend winters in the uk. Permanently bloody miserable and grey it is! :/ The clocks went back last week here and I love it, only because I am naturally waking up earlier therefore I feel much more productive… downside is I fall asleep at 10:30! That and the fact that it’s dark by 6 :/

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  3. Amanda

    I was also shocked to learn that the time changes this weekend. I HATE that it will start getting dark at 4pm. After a month of that, I start considering going to a tanning salon to get some “sunlight”. I never do, but I get very close to caving.

    In the last year, I’ve started finding random grey hairs (I’m 27). My hair stylist said that it’s totally normal and I’m choosing to believe her. haha

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  4. STUFT Mama

    I get the opposite actually. I get all happy this time of year. Weird. That smoothie though- that’s gotta help, right? :)
    PS- Your pictures are marvelous!!! :)

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  5. Alexia @ NamasteYoga

    great autumn themed smoothie! i love the pear and banana combo! i just returned to europe from travelling in Asia and just cant get into winter mode. my body is still used to humidity and high temperatures. my skin surely doesnt thank me for this sudden change of temperature!

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  6. kari @ running ricig

    Even though it sucks that it gets dark so soon, this morning was GLORIOUS! I had a fantastic night’s sleep and then just lounged in bed and it’s still only 8:45. Love it.

    I’ve yet to find a grey hair, but i’m pretty sure, I’d just yank it out.

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    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      I sit there with tweezers in front of the mirror when I find them but then they just grow back in short spikes. Not sure which is worse!

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  7. Christin

    I hear you on the winter blues. I get a really intense urge to just hibernate inside the house this time of year. I hate going outside when it is cold and dark. Like Amanda said I start to wish I could go lay in a tanning bed and soak up some warmth and light.
    Smoothie looks really yummy!

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  8. meg

    I JUST got a ton of pears and I’ve been wanting to make a smoothie with some of them. Thanks for this recipe, yay!

    I totally take vitamin D over the winter… no shame in that! Helps a lot.

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    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      Oh Kat, you of all people should know how biased the internet can be ;) I can guarantee you my house is nothing like a bistro hotel! haha ;)

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  9. Monica

    I had to improvise slightly since I didn’t have almond milk or protein powder, but this is delicious! I’ve already made it twice! Thanks as always for your sharing your tasty talents!

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  10. Elisabeth

    Sounds like this winter’s going to be rough on you. But things like pear smoothies should help get you through. :) Seriously though, this drink sounds really good. You know I never thought of using a frozen banana. That’s a really great idea for chilling the drink down.

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  11. Meghan

    This is a deliciously filling smoothie! I added blueberries and a touch of OJ to sweeten it up and add even more health. :)

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  15. Ashley

    WOW! I just finished making this smoothie and i couldn’t even get it into the cup before I was already drinking it! This recipe is so simple and tastes amazing! Not too sweet but it does curb those cravings.
    Thanks for sharing!!

    Reply

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