It’s mid-October, which means that the food blogs are overflowing with pumpkin flavored everything, “salted caramel” this & “apple pie” that. There are a couple Fall flavors that I think are underrated and overlooked: cinnamon & pear. You can enjoy these countless ways, but I love to blend them into a smoothie that tastes like a Fall dessert but is actually good for you. We’re about to enter the season of constant eating, and after that big Thanksgiving dinner your stomach is going to want a recovery day. I am excited to partner with Fields China to bring a healthy smoothie recipe to my expat friends living in China; the Cinnamon Pear Smoothie! Check it out on the Fields’ page: Shanghai Spice Happy Belly Smoothie.
This smoothie is rich & creamy and tastes almost like it should be bad for you, but I promise it isn’t! It’s a perfect breakfast for those days when you might have eaten yourself into oblivion or had one too many at the bar the night before. The base is bananas and pears, both full of fiber to help regulate your digestive system if it’s out of whack. The liquid I used was soy milk, but any non-dairy milk will work. Fresh ginger, cinnamon, and honey give it an extra healthy boost and its “Fall” taste!
Cinnamon has a ton of health benefits. It is one of my favorite spices, not only because of the healthy stuff, but also because it reminds of my childhood. Fall has always been my favorite season. I love the weather getting colder, all the awesome holidays, but most of all the food. My Mom makes some killer pies around Thanksgiving and would make us little cinnamon & sugar cookies with the pie dough scraps. Then when Christmas came around we had a few bowl of potpourri in the house that had a strong cinnamon smell. In addition to invoking serious nostalgia, cinnamon is great for regulating blood sugar and has anti-bacterial & anti-fungal properties, sprinkle it on everything.
Honey is another super food that is often ignored. Beside tasting great, it has incredible anti-bacterial properties, can soothe coughs & sore throats, is a probiotic, and is great for your skin. The honey I used in the smoothie was some of the best I’ve tasted. It is a Lemon flavored honey you can order through Fields. The honey paired great with the fresh ginger I added to the smoothie, which is an awesome natural anti-inflammatory and helps with upset stomach and nausea.
I like to freeze the fruit in advance when I make a smoothie. It keeps me from having to add ice cubes, and it makes the most creamy, thick smoothies around. The bananas & pears combined with the cinnamon, honey, and ginger almost tasted like a pear turnover. It was so good that I almost felt guilty drinking it!
For the month of October, Fields will be selling my smoothie ingredients in a package for 15% off, so you can order it to be delivered to your house to give the smoothie a try! You can check out the great deals on mine and other smoothie/juice packages on the detox page. The “Shanghai Spice Happy Belly” smoothie package has bananas, pears, cinnamon & soy milk for only 81 RMB!
Ingredients (for 2 full glasses):
- 1 1/2 medium bananas, chopped & frozen
- 1/2 Asian pear, diced & frozen
- 1 cup soy milk (or milk of choice)
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1 small piece fresh ginger, minced or grated
- 1-2 tsp good quality honey
- Add frozen fruit, ginger, cinnamon, and 3/4 cup soy milk to blender, pulse until the fruit starts to blend.
- Continue pulsing while pouring in the remaining soy milk & drizzling in the honey in insure it’s incorporated.
- Pour into 2 glasses.
- Pig out.
Best part is that there is enough for two!
Head over to Fields to try it out today! Happy Fall Ya’ll.