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Tangy Sweet Pear Smoothie

Don’t let summer pass you by, without buying up some of the most popular European Bartlett pears in Portland Oregon! Although hundreds of pear varieties originate from around the world, the Bartlett pears have a pleasantly tangy and sweet flavor that hits the palate. In-season Bartlett pears can be found easily at the peak of the summer months, from August and through October. You may be able to source these from your local farmers’ markets, local farms, co-ops, or health-conscious stores. Pears have a variety of health benefits they offer our bodies starting from the antioxidant contents found on the surface of their skin (phytonutrients), to the antioxidant-rich contents on the inside, including important micronutrients such as provitamin A, vitamin C & K, Potassium, and Copper. Pears are also known to have polyphenols, which are natural compounds found in plants, that can act as a natural anti-inflammatory agent, support heart health, and counterbalance harmful free radicals that would otherwise impair your cells and increase the risk of poor health conditions or disease. This is the time to buy in-season, pear fruit and increase the health benefits by including more variety in your diet. By including this tasty Tangy Sweet Pear Smoothie recipe is a perfect way to increase your daily value of polyphenol antioxidants, nurture your body, and protect your health from the inside out!

Healthy Tip: If you would like to add a natural probiotic to the smoothie mixture, use a dairy-free yogurt of your choice. This will also make it more creamy. It is best to consume probiotics a couple of hours before or after other supplements.

Ingredients:
(Smoothie)
1 Pear (slice, de-seed)
2 Blood oranges (remove peel)
2 cups raw spinach
1/4 cup fresh cilantro
3 cups Purified water
2 scoops of vanilla pea proteinĀ 

(Pumpkin Seed Gluten-Free Granola)
1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
1/4 cup vegan sweetener (I used maple syrup)
2-3 cups gluten-free oats (replace using nuts or seeds, for grain-free)
3 tablespoons chia seeds
1/4 cup shredded raw coconut flakes
1 cup Pepita seeds
1/3 cup freeze-dried banana
1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
1/3 cup raw walnuts (chopped)
1 teaspoon gluten-free vanilla extract (alcohol-free)

(Toppings)
1 tablespoon of Chia seeds
1 tablespoon of raw Coconut Flakes
1 tablespoon raw pepita seeds

Instructions:
1. First, wash and pat dry the produce.
2. Next, slice, and de-seed the pear and toss into blender.
3. Remove peel from oranges and add to blender.
4. Next, measure the remaining ingredients and add them to the blender.
5. Turn blender on chop, until the ingredients start to become broken down. Then puree for a smoother consistency. Add more purified water if you want it less thick.
6. Meanwhile, prepare your homemade granola. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheight.
7. Using a large mixing bowl, mix together gluten-free granola ingredients, making sure all of the ingredients are covered in maple syrup.
8. Lightly grease or line a baking sheet. Spoon the gluten-free granola mixture into the bottom of the baking sheet, and make sure ingredients are evenly spread out. Bake for up to 20 minutes, until golden brown, and remove from oven when done.
9. Using 2 24 oz serving glasses, begin to alternate using all of the ingredients. Start with a layer of the gluten-free granola ingredients on the bottom, then a layer of the smoothie ingredients, and continue until you fill-up the glasses. Add toppings or any of your favorite toppings! Enjoy!

Healthy Living,

Jaclyn Rae

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