You know I love my green smoothies however, at this time of year (even with the warmer than usual weather) I don’t feel the pull of my usual daily icy glass of goodness. Unfortunately, I think my body really misses the greens and the added superfoods I often add to smoothies. I try and keep up my greens intake with greens drinks like my fave Lean Greens, but nothing can really beat the fresh stuff, hence this pear and ginger green smoothie recipe!
The problem with really cold smoothies at this time of year, whether you fancy them or not, is that they don’t work well with your digestion and energy. Although I certainly don’t follow the principles in much detail, I think Chinese medicine has it right when they talk about eating too many cold foods increasing ‘damp’ and mucus in the body. I often wonder if part of my hormonal issues were compounded by the amount of raw food I ate over the autumn and winter in 2011 when I was really into the raw food movement. I laugh now when I used to complain of feeling the cold! Is it any wonder!
I’m not saying that all raw or cold foods should be avoided at this time of year, eating some raw foods provides vital enzymes which are lost when a food is cooked. Rather I think we should all be listening to our bodies, and not doing what I did; eating certain foods because I believed they were healthier and drowning out the screaming voice of my poor body. Listening to your body is the takeaway here.
Now I eat a more moderate and balanced diet and have gained weight I very rarely feel the bone aching cold that I used to. My hormones have normalised so I don’t get reynaulds type symptoms in my hands and other parts of my body anymore like I used to either.
But now on to this smoothie recipe, as I said sometimes I feel like my body does miss the fresh greens and other goodness you can pack into a smoothie. Let’s face it, they are also more convenient, appetising and easier to make than cooking up a bowl of greens to tuck into on their own!
This smoothie isn’t icy and is served at room temperature or slightly warm. If you have a high powered blender like a Froothie, Vitamix or perhaps even a NutriBullet, you can warm things up by running the motor a little bit longer than usual. It contains one of my favourite combos; pear and ginger. Ginger is a great smoothie ingredient at this time of year for it’s immune boosting properties and it even has a delicate warming effect due to it’s natural spiciness. The smoothie also contains avocado for healthy fats and plain yoghurt for pro-biotics.
- Handful of spinach
- 1 ripe pear
- 1/2 avocado
- thumb tip sized piece of fresh ginger root
- 2 tbsp natural full fat yoghurt
- 1-2 cups water or almond milk
- 1. Whack everything into a blender and blitz! Drink immediately.
- Choose a super ripe juicy pear for a sweeter smoothie. If you're a green smoothie newbie and prefer more sweetness add another pear or a banana.