Monday morning rolls around and we all like to pretend we’re back to eating healthy. Sort of. For the record, I don’t look down with hypocrisy in so-called “Monday Resolutions”; whether to start afresh, to start anew, to go on a clean slate after a weekend of foodie debauchery- the intent is always good. I was once a “Monday Resolutions” person myself; all good intentions but never a strong enough resolve to follow through with my plans. And whether I ended the week where I started it (or not, as it most often happened) I really did try every Monday to set the tone for what I would be eating during the week.
We constantly shoot each other down or mock each other at our many attempts to eat better. There’s the self deprecating jokes; I confess to having plenty. I was great at making fun of myself, I still do. I think it’s important to challenge yourself, to laugh at yourself and to infuse a healthy dose of dark humor. I am not talking negativity here, these are things that have helped me through hard times.
But looking back, when you start trying- that means something in you is waking up. You know something needs to change- but you need to want to change in order to get there. No one can do it for you. The trick to eating healthy also lies in making healthy food taste good. That’s not always easy, but it can be achieved! This smoothie is one such healthy drinks, that tastes, oh well, heavenly!! It’s all about:
- Finding the perfect blend: the right amount of sweetness (mostly stemming from fruits). There’s something about pears, they’re unbelievably sweet without the tanginess that’s sometimes present in apples. I used one very ripe pear in this drink!
- The right amount of creamy (dependant on the liquid you use & the fruits you choose) Avocado takes care of creaminess in this smoothie, and no- you won’t even know it’s there. I also add 1/3 cup of Yoso Vanilla Coconut Yogurt and this makes for a creamy, thick smoothie with a nice vanilla undertone. Coconut yogurt is dairy-free!
- The right amount of greens & nutrients (to ensure the smoothie is in fact healthy & detoxifying & thus good for you). I love to use carrageenan free almond or coconut milk, unsweetened. If you want it really creamy, treat yourself to soy milk every once in a while. A lot of people are against soy milk because of hormones and that merits a separate discussion altogether; but tell you what, I feel soy milk is OK once in a blue moon. I would not encourage a daily habit.
I am writing this thinking I’ll be making lots and lots of these green beauties this week. And remember, I don’t drink green smoothies to lose weight; I drink them to detoxify, to get my energy levels up, to put something good & nourishing in my body. And to stay healthy year-round!
Last week was not an easy or good week by any account. Both my kids had bronchitis, one got it first and passed it on to the other & sure enough, once you have more than one child, diseases come in pairs. Any mamas reading this would be nodding right about now.
So I started drinking warm water with lemon & ginger. I started making a smoothie a day, mostly spinach or kale drinks with oranges, bananas, pears & apples. I was miraculously spared from the plague that invaded our house. A few years ago, I was always the first one to fall sick. I cannot even begin to describe the impact eating well will have on your overall health. The better you eat, the more benefits you see & the more you fall in love with a clean lifestyle. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!
Pear, Vanilla, Avocado & Spinach Smoothie
- 1 very ripe pear sliced (discard the core & seeds) I leave the peel on.
- 1 tightly packed cup of organic spinach (I like baby spinach!)
- 1/2 a creamy Hass avocado (always discard the core)
- 2/3 cup of unsweetened almond or coconut milk *carrageenan free
- 1/3 cup of vanilla coconut yogurt (if you consume dairy: greek vanilla yogurt)
- 1 tbsp of plant protein of your choice: hemp hearts or chia seeds
- 1/2 tsp of pure vanilla powder (optional)
Blend everything on “High” until desired consistency is obtained. Enjoy this glass of deliciousness. If you want it sweeter or even creamier, add a frozen banana (sliced).
Smoothie de Peras, Vainilla, Aguacate y Espinaca
- 1 pera bien madura (sin el centro) la pongo con todo y cascara
- 1 taza de espinaca organica
- 1/2 aguacate Hass, esta variedad es super cremosa!
- 2/3 tazas de leche de almendra o de coco (sin endulzar) *libre de carrageenan
- 1/3 taza de yogurt de coco sabor a vainilla (si consumen lácteos: use yogurt griego sabor a vanilla)
- 1 cucharada de proteina a base de plantas: semillas de canamo o chia
- 1/2 cucharadita de polvo de vainilla o extracto puro de vainilla (opcional)
Meter todo a la licuadora y licuar en “High” hasta obtener la consistencia deseada. Si lo quieren un poco más dulce, pueden agregar un banano congelado en rodajas. No se olviden de pelar y cortar los bananos en rodajas antes de congelarlos. Hace todo más fácil.
Esta receta me encanta pues el smoothie esta muy cremoso, tiene el nivel adecuado de endulzan natural, y la espinaca casi no se siente.