Hey, Green Smoothie Challenge peeps! How’s it going for you this week? Have you been getting the hang of working those yummy smoothies into your daily routine? I’ve got a few tips to keep you going this week, some deets about choosing a blender, and another smoothie recipe to mix things up!
Week 3 Tips
Whether you’re taking the challenge or not, it can be tough sometimes to pull out that blender and make yourself a smoothie every day. One trick that helps me a lot is keeping the blender out on the counter. If you’re doing a daily smoothie, I think that more than justifies the counter space.
As soon as that smoothie is done, fill the blender with soapy water if you can’t wash it right away. It will be much easier to wash in the evening (or even the next morning – I won’t tell!) if you soak it. Same thing for your glass – soak that sucker if you don’t have time to rinse it right away. I don’t know what it is about smoothies, but when it dries to glass, it’s like cement!
Let’s Talk Blenders!
I’ve also had a few folks ask me about blenders and have even heard, “I would totally make green smoothies, but my blender isn’t good enough.” Poppycock! When I first started making green smoothies, I used a Magic Bullet, which is convenient and easy to clean, but it’s not a super great blender.
When my Bullet started to die, I switched to a cheapo blender that we got as a wedding gift back in 2006. It worked all through recipe development for my green smoothie book, and it’s still going strong.
This week’s smoothie recipe is based on a delicious one that Annie posted over at An Unrefined Vegan. I altered it to use ingredients that we had on hand, and I used soy milk in place of water, because I’m trying to add protein wherever I can for the baby – can you believe that he is due in less than a month???
Cinnamon Pear Green Smoothie
calories: 250; carbs: 49 grams; fat: 4 grams; protein: 8 grams
This recipe is definitely for pear lovers. The finished smoothie has that somewhat gritty pear consistency, which I love. If you’re not into pears, though, I could see that being a little off-putting. You can substitute a small apple for the pear, if you like a smoother consistency.
- 1 very ripe pear, chopped
- 1 banana
- 1 handful each parsley and lettuce
- 1 cup unsweetened soy milk (or whatever non-dairy milk you like!)
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3-4 ice cubes
- Toss everything in the blender, and blend until smooth.
Need more smoothie inspiration? Check out my e-book: 40 Days of Green Smoothies! Itâ€™s got 40 recipes for yummy green smoothies plus weekly tips and grocery lists to help you start a green smoothie habit!