High-Fiber Pear & Vanilla Chai Protein Smoothie

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Boost your morning fiber intake with this fall smoothie recipe.

Featuring 2 scoops of So Lean & So Clean Vanilla Chai protein powder and one of our favorite smoothie ingredients this season: pear.

DID YOU KNOW: One pear contains roughly 25% of your daily fiber needs. That’s just about 6g of fiber per pear, perfect for keeping you full and satisfied throughout your busy morning.

Additionally, we packed this recipe with 22g of plant-based protein to make a satisfying and nutritious smoothie all in one.

The added cinnamon elevates our protein’s delicious vanilla chai flavor, while the frozen bananas make it extra thick and creamy.

Blend up one of these cups of fiber and joy for when you’re transitioning into the cooler fall months, but still can’t let go of your daily summer smoothies.

Benefits

  • Just Add Cinnamon

    This recipe includes a touch of cinnamon, but it’s more than a tasty spice. Cinnamon is high in antioxidants, specifically polyphenols, which have been studied for their ability to improve digestion, brain health, and even protect against heart disease. Polyphenols can also be found in other foods like cacao, berries, beans, and nuts. All the good stuff. 

  • Pear-fection

    Smoothies are notorious for being high in fiber but, this recipe packs in even more thanks to one ingredient: pears. Pears are a great source of fiber with roughly 6g per piece of fruit.

    Fiber is important for maintaining bowel health and “keeping things moving” if you know what we mean. It also helps you to feel full and satiated for longer so there’s no need to worry about a mid-morning snack after this nutrient-packed breakfast shake.

Create

DID YOU KNOW: Fiber is one of the nutrients Americans are lacking most in their diets. Why? The average American diet does not contain enough fresh fruits and veggies where high amounts of fiber are naturally found.

In the nutritional space, this is called "the fiber gap," or the deficiency between consumption of fiber and recommended intake. Being mindful of the foods and drinks we regularly consume, it's simple to incorporate more fiber into your diet.

Just take a look at these high fiber foods:
3 cups popped popcorn = 3.5g of fiber
24 almonds = 3.3g of fiber
1/4 cup raisins = 2g of fiber
Whole-grain bran flakes = 5g of fiber

  • Calories265
  • Carbs44g
  • Fat6g
  • Protein15g
  • Sugar23g

Directions

  1. Throw all ingredients in a blender and blend everything until smooth and creamy.
  2. Optional: Add or reduce the amount of almond milk used for desired consistency–adding more for a more liquid smoothie or less for a thicker smoothie. 
  3. Transfer to a jar and enjoy!
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