Cardamom Pear Smoothie Recipe

What I love about Ayurveda is it’s sensibility towards gentle, seasonal detoxification to support our health and well-being.

And even during the holidays, I look to it’s wisdom for countering the common indulgences inherent in the season.

In years gone by I was not as conscious about my food choices during the holidays.  I mostly  went over-board in my choices with a “what’s the use” mentality and mindset. 

These days, despite an emotional roller-coaster of a year, I am mindful of my choices each day, with an effort to support balance and well-being. I still enjoy my grandmother’s recipe for Mexican Wedding Cake cookies…

But I counter my indulgences throughout the holidays with foods and drinks that promote good digestion and immunity.   This smoothie is one of the ways I promote good digestion and reduce the inflammatory effects of sugar in the digestive tract. 

Yes it’s a healthy smoothie….but it just happens to taste GREAT!  

A few reasons why I reach for Cardamom?

  • Cardamom has been used for thousands of years to help with digestion.
  • Cardamom is rich in compounds that may fight inflammation.
  • When taken in powder form, cardamom may lower blood sugar.
  • Cardamom extract may decrease elevated liver enzymes, triglyceride and cholesterol levels.
  • A study in 80 overweight and obese prediabetic women found a link between cardamom and slightly reduced waist circumference. 

INGREDIENTS:

8 ounces almond milk or water

2 ripe pears

2 handfuls organic spinach

1/2 to 1 teaspoon ground cardamom, (to taste)

1/4 cup sunflower seeds (or raw cashews)

2 teaspoons Amazing Grass- Adaptogens Powder

1 teaspoon Maca powder

Few drops of Stevia to taste

Handful of ice

DIRECTIONS:

Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth. You can adjust ingredients to your desired taste and consistency.  ENJOY! 

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