I’ve been experimenting with new smoothies, and I think I hit the jackpot with this one. The combination of raspberry + pear is perfect because they complement one another so well. Raspberries are a little tart and a little tangy whereas ripe pears are sweet and super mellow in taste—a total case of opposites attract. To me, pistachios have such a unique flavor and quite frankly they mingle very well with the raspberry + pear combo.
You can use your choice of milk, but I used unsweetened original almond milk simply because I love how creamy it is. To add a bit of natural sweetness, I use prunes or dates, and honey is a fine option as well, if that’s what you have on-hand.
The oats in this smoothie add some whole grains and fiber + the Greek yogurt and peanut butter ramp up the protein factor. For even more goodness, the chia seeds and ground flax seeds also contribute protein and fiber, so it’s safe to say this smoothie is a healthfully-loaded breakfast option.
As always, a smoothie is my go-to breakfast, especially after a workout. Speaking of, may I share some happy news? I’m feeling a bit more back on track with my workouts after missing 3 days in February due to pure exhaustion. And, I was able to do some relaxing yoga last night before bed, which felt fabulous. It’s truly amazing how yoga can relax the mind and put you at-ease. I’m once again aiming for 2-3 yoga practices per week.
Anyway, I hope you’re feeling good yourself and powering ahead. Take care of yourself and don’t forget your smoothie as you run out the door each morning!
Raspberry-Pear Pistachio Smoothie
Yields 2 large servings
- 1/3 cup oatmeal + 2/3 water—cooked in the microwave for 2 minutes
- 1¼ cup unsweetened original almond milk
- 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
- 2 pears—cored and chopped
- 2 tbsp. pistachios
- 1 tbsp. nut butter (I used peanut butter)
- 1 tbsp. each chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, and ground flax seed
- 2-4 prunes or dates (you can even use a touch of honey instead)
- 1½ cups ice
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Add more liquid if necessary to achieve a smooth consistency.
Serve immediately, or store in individual cups in the refrigerator. I always make my smoothies the night before so I can grab & go in the morning.