I know my way around vegan smoothies. I make one every morning for my entire family. And although I’m always experimenting with new flavors, my original ginger smoothie with spinach and pear is the one that’s the true crowd-pleaser. I originally shared it in my cookbook, Romancing the Stove, but I’m offering it again here for everyone who wants to start their day with a little extra nutrition and the invigorating benefits of fresh ginger root.
The health benefits of putting ginger in a smoothie
Anyone with digestive issues is probably familiar with the soothing effects of ginger. That’s thanks to gingerol, one of the oils in ginger proven to have many medicinal qualities. In fact, did you know that in addition to fighting nausea, gingerol is anti-inflammatory and has anti-aging effects. (So drinking this smoothie might reverse visible signs of aging.) Ginger also prevents oral bacteria and promotes mouth health. So if you’re looking to be your most kissable, this is your spice.
Of course, ginger is also known as a powerful aphrodisiac. So if you’re considering a breakfast in bed for two that might boost sex drive, this spinach ginger smoothie recipe should make the top of your list!
In addition to ginger, this smoothie recipe is stacked with nutritional ingredients. It is also one of the simplest, healthy recipes you can ever make for breakfast. before you know it, you’re getting a frothy serving of fruit and vegetables before you’ve even rubbed the sleep from your eyes in the morning shower.
Although ginger is what gives the drink its invigorating spice, fresh skin-on pear and spinach give the drink fiber, vitamins A, C & K, calcium, folate, potassium and iron. These nutrients are not just essential for feeling good, they all contribute to sexual health and fertility. And because the pear is used with the skin, you also get a dose of quercetin, which is thought to support heart health. (And anything that’s good for your heart is also good for your libido!)
And speaking of sexy ingredients, this green ginger smoothie also contains a touch of aphrodisiac vanilla, added for its aromatic quality, as well as fresh lemon juice. (Don’t forget that citrus makes my list of the best foods for women’s sexual health.)
This ginger smoothie is vegan
Unlike many healthy smoothie recipes, which call for Greek yogurt or milk, the flavor and texture of this smoothie rely purely on plant-based ingredients. This means the drink is naturally vegan, no adaptations needed!
Special equipment needed to make the best vegan smoothie
The one piece of equipment you can’t do without when making this ginger spinach smoothie is a good blender. If you don’t have one already, I have a couple of solid recommendations for you.
I have two blenders that I love. My red, Kitchenaid 5 Speed Blender that matches my stand mixer has been an indispensable (and fashionable) part of my kitchen for ten years. It is an incredibly durable machine, worth the investment for a lifetime of Pina Coladas. It is a very reliable machine for light to medium jobs from producing chilled cucumber soup to frozen yogurt smoothies. (It’s also great for making this drink.) It has a wide jar, which makes it incredibly easy to clean.
In addition, I have a Vitamix Pro that I cannot live without. I use it every single day. It would make short work of this recipe and is such a durable machine, it can do everything from puree (whole, unpeeled) oranges to make almond butter. I also love it for making watermelon juice and frozen yogurt. It’s pricy but it’s an amazing kitchen appliance. Note: if you’re using a Vitamix to make this fruit and veggie smoothie, you don’t even need to peel the ginger. Just roughly chop, measure and toss it in.
Note if you like a really thick and frosty green drink, you can freeze the pear overnight before adding it to the blender. Frozen fruit helps to make a slushie-like consistency but you can only do this if you’re using a great blender.
More healthy breakfast recipes
Casanova Smoothie - an easy green drink
- 1/2 cup white grape juice
- 1/2 cup spinach
- 1 small ripe bartlett or d’anjou pear quartered and cored*
- 2-3 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp fresh ginger root peeled and finely chopped
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp agave nectar optional
- 10 ice cubes
- Add grape juice, spinach, pear, 2 tbsp lemon juice, ginger and vanilla to blender. Puree until smooth.
- Taste. If smoothie isn’t sweet enough, add the agave nectar, (it all depends on the sweetness of your pear). For additional tartness, add the last tbsp lemon juice.
- Add ice cubes and blend on high until smooth.
- Divide smoothie between two juice glasses to serve.
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Want more of Amy’s sexy recipes? Check out Romancing the Stove: the unabridged guide to aphrodisiac foods.
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