There is no better way to start the week than with a fresh shake loaded with fruits, vegetables and protein. In an ideal world, I would own a Vitamix (one day…) and be blending green drinks for my family every single morning, but life gets in the way, and mornings are usually VERY hectic, chaotic and rushed at my house. On those spectacular days when we can actually find two socks that match, shoes for the right season, and all other school/camp essentials without too many tantrums along the way…we are able to make shakes!
Green drink “shakes” have been an amazing way for me to get my kids excited about eating fresh fruits and vegetables, they love to help decide which ingredients we will be tossing in and to “help” me push the button (I am very careful to only let my girls help with the blender when supervised). My drinks always include a good amount of greens (usually spinach) some fruit, and many times a spoonful of almond butter for extra protein. Bananas are great for thickening the shakes and I like to keep a stash of ready-to-blend frozen ripe bananas in the freezer (for SCD, make sure that bananas are extra ripe, with brown spots).
On this particular morning, we also had some very ripe pears and strawberries that I was thrilled to use for added fiber, anti-inflammatory properties and anti-oxidants. The result was a sweet, hearty and delicious smoothie. A drink so clean, refreshing and satisfying is the perfect way to start the week off towards easy healthy kosher eating!
Strawberry Spinach Pear Shake
2 medium size overripe pears (approximately 2.5 cups cubed)
10 strawberries (fresh or frozen)
1 tablespoon almond butter
1 banana (preferably frozen)
1 cup water
1/2 lemon squeezed
optional: 1/2 tablespoon fresh mint
yield: 6 cups
Tip: frozen fruits are a great way to keep prep-time down and to keep the shake cold without adding ice. Its fun to experiment with all types of fruits.