Similar to my Orange Pear Green Smoothie, rather than adding in mustard greens and cilantro to the mix, this one is full of kale and spinach! Pear and orange go together sooo well in smoothies, I have several smoothie recipes that use orange and pear as the fruit base and just mix up the greens (see also Citrus Basil Pear Smoothie)!
I found that this recipe comes out great if you use frozen pears, that way you have a chilled smoothie that you don’t have to water down with extra ice if you want something cool. Again, it’s up to you. You can also use frozen oranges rather than pears, or freeze both the fruits! This would however require you to add more water to the smoothie, which means eventually it will be watered down a lot more if you take a while to drink it. I personally prefer thicker smoothies that you can “chew”, as I drink my green smoothies for breakfast, but everyone is different!
Before I get to rambling too much about thick vs. thin smoothies…let me begin!
You will need:
- 2 oranges
- 1 cup pineapple
- 1 large frozen pear (or 2 small)
- 2 cups fresh or frozen spinach
- 2 large kale leaves
- handful of basil
- 1 tbsp hemp seeds
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp spirulina
- 2 (or more) cups water
Put all the ingredients in the blender (except the greens), and blend. Slowly feed the kale leaves, spinach and basil into the blender to blend gradually. Once the mixture is fully blended, that’s it! Pour out into your cup, jar or smoothie bottle, and you’re good to go!
All done! Here is the entire smoothie in my massive smoothie bottle that I take to work with me every day! 48 oz. of pure goodness! I take about 30 to 45 minutes to drink this as it is thick (from the chia seeds and not too much water) and I like to have that “chewing” effect with my smoothies. It fills me up more, plus it’s good for your digestion rather than slurping the whole thing down in 5 minutes!
Hope you enjoy this recipe!