Happy Monday friends. I hope you had a great weekend. Mine was nice with tasty Indian food on Friday night (at the new spot in Carytown, Curry Craft) lots of wedding planning stuff, a trip to the farmer’s market, a visit from my mom and a little baking/cooking. Not too shabby.
Some green goodness was involved as well…
Sunday morning I woke up craving something green for breakfast but I didn’t feel like breaking out my juicer. I decided to try making a green juice smoothie in my Vitamix. I usually use frozen bananas and almond milk as a base for all my smoothies but I wanted this one to be more like juice so I stuck with a pear and water.
The Vitamix did a great job of pulverizing everything which resulted in a smooth textured drink that’s not only detoxifying, but alkalizing and energizing as well.
kale – for some healthy greens.
pear – pears are a nutrition packed fruit! 1 pear has 6 grams of fiber and lots of folate, vitamin C and potassium. They are anti-inflammatory, have been shown to improve heart health and may help with weight loss. Just make sure you eat the peel as most of the nutrients are found there. (Source)
cucumber – cucumbers are important to add to your diet because they’re 95% water and naturally detoxify your body. They’re also high in Vitamins A, B and C and contain phytonutrients that provide anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-cancer effects.
lemon – help to boost your immunity and flush toxins. Just make sure your lemon is peeled.
water – hydration is arguably the most important factor for achieving a beautiful, healthy glow so I used water for the base.
Notes & Substitutions
Apple – Feel free to use an apple in place of the pear if you’d like, both pears and apple are sweet so it’s a great substitution.
Coconut water – If you’re needing a little sweetness you can add a splash of coconut water.
Blender – If you don’t have a high-powered blender (like a Vitamix or Blendtec), you can still make this smoothie, the texture just won’t be as smooth.
Blend: Place all ingredients in a high-powered blender. Blend until smooth, adding additional water until the smoothie is the texture and consistency you enjoy.
Serve: Pour into a glass and enjoy!
Apple – Feel free to use an apple in place of the pear if you'd like, both pears and apple are sweet so it's a great substitution. Coconut water – If you're needing a little sweetness you can add a splash of coconut water. Blender – If you don't have a high-powered blender (like a Vitamix or Blendtec), you can still make this smoothie, the texture just won't be as smooth.