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Green Smoothie With Yogurt, Pear and Ginger

Green Smoothie With Yogurt, Pear and Ginger 2.000

Scott Suchman for the Washington Post; food styling by Carolyn Robb for The Washington Post

Nourish Dec 31, 2020

This nourishing smoothie is cool, creamy and gently tangy with a base of plain yogurt softly sweetened with whole fruit — a very ripe pear and few dates — and with a refreshing zing of ginger. A handful of almonds adds texture, protein and fiber, and spinach leaves provide gorgeous green color and nutritional benefits without any detectable flavor, making it an ideal way to stealthily incorporate leafy vegetables. You can play with variations, using Greek or nondairy yogurt, a ripe banana or chunks of pineapple instead of the pear, a different type of nut or seed, or baby kale instead of spinach, for example, adjusting the thickness and the level of sweetness by adding a little cold water and/or honey to taste.


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Tested size: 2 servings; makes about 2 1/2 cups

  • 3/4 cup ice
  • 1 cup lightly packed spinach leaves
  • 2/3 cup plain yogurt (low-fat or whole milk, see NOTE)
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 very ripe medium pear (any variety), peeled, cored and cut into chunks
  • 3 pitted dates, coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh ginger
  • Honey, to taste (optional)


Place the ice into a blender and process to crush it. Add the spinach, yogurt, almonds, pear, dates and ginger and blend until smooth and frothy, with a little texture remaining from the almonds and dates. Taste, and then blend in a little honey to taste, if desired.

NOTE: This recipe is best with regular yogurt, but 1/2 cup Greek yogurt plus 2 tablespoons cold water may be substituted.

Recipe Source

From cookbook author and nutritionist Ellie Krieger.

Tested by Olga Massov.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving (based on 2 servings): 280

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 13g 20%

Saturated Fat: 2g 10%

Cholesterol: 5mg 2%

Sodium: 60mg 2%

Total Carbohydrates: 35g 12%

Dietary Fiber: 7g 28%

Sugar: 23g

Protein: 10g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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