Pear Avocado Ginger Kale Smoothie

A week of detox drinks wouldn’t be complete without kale! This one’ll make your skin glisten, you’uns.

Pear Avocado Kale Smoothie #detox #greensmoothie #recipe

I’ve been going to new places lately.

Zenful places.

Places where I do no cooking and all the smoothie drinking.

My camera is in the shop for a little tuneup, which means my cooking for the last few days has been solely for pleasure. So basically, I’ve been eating things that require I just-add-water and Whole Foods salad bar. Kidding. Not kidding.

This little cooking hiatus has allowed me to catch up on writing and re-evaluate my kitchen doings. OH! And my new favorite Pandora station for ambiance-ing my zenful place is Mr. Probz Pandora Radio. <- LUH-git! Listen to it. It’s kinda mopey, kinda poppy-bluesy, and is full of good soothing beats.

Chances are, if you’ve been detoxing since Jan 1, you’re either feeling pretty zenful yourself, or you’re crabby patty McGee, tempted to throw elbows at innocent passers by as your body comes down off its holiday sugar high. Keep at it, my dear. Your place will be a place of zen once it finds balance without carbs. Replace brownies with bananas, alcohol with kombucha, and bread with sweet potatoes <- recipe for success. 

We’re on Day 4 of detox drinks on The Roasted Root, and this one’s cuh-reamy!  This smoothie came straight from my cookbook, Let Them Eat Kale!. I tweaked the recipe just a tad to make it even more New Years Resolution-friendly. It’s thick and sweet, with a nice little ginger kicker in the back end. The kale + avocado+ ginger combination gives you a vitamin and antioxidant infusion. Plus, pears?! I always thought pears were best wrapped in bacon, but it turns out, they’re awesome in smoothies, too. If you’re being conscious of calories, do note that this is a high-calorie smoothie, so you can use it as a meal-replacer.

Drink thy green!

Pear Avocado Kale Smoothie #detox #greensmoothie #recipe

Pear Avocado Ginger Smoothie

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Author: Julia
*For a dairy-free smoothie, use sheep's milk yogurt or replace yogurt with full-fat coconut milk


  • 1 large ripe pear cored and chopped, Bartlett or Bosc
  • 1 ripe banana peeled and frozen
  • 1 cup tightly packed kale leaves
  • 1/2 ripe avocado peeled
  • 1 teaspoons to 2 fresh ginger peeled and grated
  • 3 ice cubes
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt*


  1. Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.


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  1. Alexis @ Hummusapien

    Omg. I want to live in a zen place and eat exclusively pear avocado ginger kale smoothie. I’ve been trying to incorporate ginger into err’thang to combat this inflammation, so perfect timing! SLURP.

    1. Catherine Jackson

      Once you try avocado in a smoothie, you will never go back! It makes it so creamy and provides an excellent source of healthy fats!

  2. Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health

    My camera really needs a good cleaning but they told me I had to be without it for two weeks and I had a panic attack. Forget that!

    At least it’s forcing you to take a little break and enjoy some good music. I’m going to check out that station! I’ve been listening to the Vance Joy station on Pandora for a while and I love it but it’s about time to try sumpin’ new.

    And it’s also about time to try a little pear in my smoothie because this sounds un-freakin’-believable! Ginger and pear are a match made in heaven and imagining that in a creamy smoothie is blowing my mind!

  3. Susan

    This sounds wonderful, and it might even enable me to sneak avocado by my husband… 🙂 (I love avocado and he does not.)

    1. Susan

      Tried this for breakfast this morning, with some added plain protein powder, and it was great – the best-tasting green smoothie I’ve had, and my husband liked it, too. Thanks for a great recipe.

      1. Julia Post author

        Wahoo!!! So happy to hear you and your hubs enjoyed it! Protein powder is a brilliant addition – I’ll have to do that on my next go-round 😀

  4. Julie

    You are going to be all smoothed up for the wedding, and I’m going to be over here still munching on my sweet rolls. I need to change this pronto tonto. I’ll start today. Smoothies all the way.

  5. Joanne

    I knew you had to have some fabulous kind of kale smoothie waiting for us…and I was right! Love that the pear adds all sorts of natural sweetness.


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