I can’t believe it’s the end of the 14-Day Smoothie Challenge on my Facebook page! Today is the last one in the series, and it’s something completely different, because why not? Get ready for this Ginger Pear Kombucha Smoothie! Instead of using nut milk or rice milk or even water, I decided to use kombucha. Have you heard of kombucha before? Thankfully it’s getting more and more popular for good reasons (read more on this below)!
Some of the most popular smoothies from this challenge were the Energizing Morning Smoothie, the Clear Skin Smoothie, the Healthy Key Lime Pie Smoothie, and the Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie.
Also, did you notice ECP got a brand new look today? 🙂 I’ve been wanting to change things for a long time, and it’s finally happened! I got a new header on the blog, some new colours, and a new logo. It’s part 1 of a few changes that will be happening in the next couple of months. Do you like it?
Kombucha is a naturally fermented beverage made with tea. The reason why it has such a good reputation for its health benefit is because of this natural fermentation. We sadly don’t eat enough naturally fermented foods in our modern-day western society, unlike other cultures that typically always include some sort of fermented foods. Fermentation is a way to preserve food without the need for refrigeration, so it’s always been used in the past, but when refrigeration started, it seems like everything else got pasteurized along with it, and natural fermentation disappeared. Natural fermentation happens with bacteria that live in the air all around us. We don’t see them but they’re there, waiting for the opportunity to do their job. Some are bad for us (like certain kinds of mold) but a lot are good for us.
The fermentation process produces natural probiotics. You’ve most likely heard of probiotics in the recent years. It’s one of the latest major fields of study because western medicine has (finally) realized that we know so very little about these bacteria and microbes, and that we absolutely need them to live a healthy life. Without a proper balance of microbes in our gut, we have limited functions. This affects everything from our digestive system to our immune system, to our weight, to our brain and mental health. It’s a really big deal!
Personally, it’s one of my favourite subject to learn more about. I find it absolutely fascinating, and yes, you can often find me reading about research and studies being done on that subject. haha
Kombucha doesn’t really taste like tea, but it has bubbles, and is great for people trying to reduce their consumption of soda. It’s good for us, and comes in such a wide variety of flavours, surely there will be one that you like! Because it’s a natural process, every company has their own recipe and fermentation duration, meaning that every brand will taste different. Some brands ferment their kombucha longer than others, some might add more sugar than others, etc. So if you try one and don’t like it, just try a different flavour or a different brand. It’s a wonderful drink to enjoy on a hot summer day too! Yum!
This recipe is made with pears, but it would be equally delicious with peaches. Just make sure to buy organic peaches (even if it’s frozen) to reduce your exposure to pesticides and other chemicals, because peaches are very high on the Dirty Dozen list, meaning that they have one of the highest levels of pesticide residues.
Ginger Pear Kombucha Smoothie
Makes 2 servings
- 1 bottle (355 ml / 12 oz) of ginger kombucha* (preferably cold)
- 1 pear, washed, core removed
- 1/2 avocado
- 1/2 organic banana
- 1″ piece of fresh ginger, peeled
- 1 Tbsp hemp seeds
- 1 Tbsp raw organic honey* (or maple syrup)
- 1/4 cup filtered water
- 1-2 ice cubes (optional)
*Note: Some kombucha are sweeter than others, so you might need to adjust the amount of honey or maple syrup that you add so that your smoothie is not too sweet. Be careful when you open the bottle of kombucha, it might overflow with bubbles. I recommend opening it over the sink. Open the bottle and let it breathe for 1-2 minutes before using it in the blender to avoid overflow.
Blend all the ingredients in a high powered blender until smooth, about 30 seconds. Enjoy!
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I love love love kombucha Gabby – I’m going to whip this up in the morning. PS – the site is gorgeous!
Thanks so much Charlene! 🙂 Kombucha is so awesome and delicious! Enjoy! Let me know how it goes or tag me in your post so I can see
Nicoletta @sugarlovespices says
The new design is really nice, Gabby! Love the subtle color and very appealing look. Now, to this smoothie. I’ve heard of kombucha but never tried it. I don’t like sodas or anything bubbly, but I am curious to try and in this case, I might enjoy the combination with the pear, avocado, banana and ginger. Lovely drink, indeed.
Thank you! Every brand is different, so some are more bubbly than others, so give it a shot. You could also open the bottle the night before to breathe and it’ll be flat by the time you use it. I like it a lot 🙂
Bernice Hill says
Congratulations Gabby, it’s so bright and beautiful!!
I LOVE kombucha and now that I brew my own, I don’t have to shell out the dough for the expensive stuff. I never thought about using it in a smoothie, but I’m really going to have to give this a go.
Way to go, girl!
Yay! Thanks Bernice! That is so cool that you make your own! I made a few batches a while ago and then stopped. I actually have a few scobies in a jar with old kombucha on my countertop. It’s been there for months and I have no idea if they’re still alive or not… haha I should try to revive them with raw apple cider vinegar (someone told me about this trick a while ago). Do you add extra ginger at the end to make yours bubbly?
Ohhh you are so creative I never though to put Kombucha in my smoothie. I am so excited to try this recipe (I get that way over new food ideas, I just can’t help it). Your website looks beautiful 🙂
haha thanks! Sadly I’m not the first one to think of this, but it was my first time trying it, and it was delicious, but very different than nut milk, that’s for sure! I feel the same way when I see a new idea! 🙂
Yumm this looks and sounds amazing! Ginger kombucha is my favourite!!!
Me too!!! Thanks for dropping by, I hope you get to try this recipe!
Paula Potts says
I’m loving all the flavours in this smoothie! I try to have ginger every day. I always mean to have more kombucha, this is good motivation!
So happy you like it! It’s always nice to try new ways of enjoying old habits 🙂
Kelly Ohnona says
never tried kombucha in a smoothie! such a great idea! thanks for the inspiration, i’ll try this asap!
You’re welcome! 🙂
Alexandra | Occasionally Eggs says
This recipe is a-mazing!! I can’t wait to try it! I might sub ginger beer for the kombucha because I always have a batch going and it’s gingery anyway. Gorgeous redesign!
Thank you! It might end up being an adult smoothie. haha 😉
Lyndsay // Coco Cake Land says
This looks amazing! I love how healthy I feel after ingesting kombucha, hehe. I am going to look into your 14 day smoothie challenge now… awesome. 🙂
Markus Mueller | Earth, Food, and Fire says
Do you make your own Kombucha? I have always wanted to but couldn’t get my own mother to start and look healthy. I also didn’t have any friends making it and I don’t want to buy a scoby. I love the addition of flavorings to keep regular old kombucha interesting!
I haven’t in a long time, but I have in the past, and I still have a few scobies lying around. Too bad we live so far away! Maybe look online, I’m sure there’s someone in your area willing to give you one. It’s considered “good karma” to give them away and not sell them 😉 It’s also possible to start your own scabby from a kombucha that you buy, but it takes longer (you should do a search online for the exact method). Kombucha is fascinating!