Pearrific Green Smoothie

In October, I embarked on a self-guided 30 day yoga challenge to help sooth my emotions surrounding our recent move to Montreal. My intention for the month was to grow roots in this new city, begin to feel like I belong somewhere, let go of my fears and embrace the longing I had to return home to Alberta. To help me stay focused, I decided to keep an online journal of my experiences each step of the way.

A week or so into the challenge I learned that the yoga studio I attend, Moksha Yoga NDG was planning to do a 30 day yoga challenge in November, too. I signed up without a second of hesitation and was later asked to help create some yoga challenge inspired meals for my fellow yogis. Participate in a second yoga challenge, and contribute to my new community? Things are coming together!

This recipe is the first of four recipes I’ll be sharing on the blog this month that I hope will inspire us challengers to take our commitment to the next level. For many of us, committing to this yoga challenge has meant much more than heading to a yoga class once a day. It’s about treating our bodies with respect, injecting love into our lives, finding peace in any storm, and participating in nourishing actions that will feed our soul.

With that in mind, this week’s recipe is centered around being good to your body.

Opting for 1 smoothie or homemade juice per day is the cornerstone in my pursuit to living a healthy, balanced life. Just one liquid meal per day, packed with enzymes, minerals and vegetables, gives me vitality to accomplish anything that comes my way whether it be a yoga challenge, move across the country, trek through India, whatever. I can do it when I listen to the signals my body sends me and feed myself through my intuition…

and I’m certain that you can, too!

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4.8 from 6 reviews
Pearrific Green Smoothie
Recipe type: Vegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Refined sugar-free, Yeast-free, Corn-free, Grain-free, Nut-free
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Serves: 1 serving, 750mL
A smoothie made with fresh veggie juice and blended with a healthy dose of spinach and ripe pear.
  • 2 kale leaves
  • 2 celery sticks
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 small knob ginger
  • 1 pear, core removed and sliced
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 6-8 ice cubes
  1. If you have a ‘low’ setting on your juicer, begin with the softer items first – kale. Then turn to ‘high’ and juice the celery, carrots and ginger.
  2. Place fresh juice in the blender with spinach, pear slices, chia seeds and ice cubes.
  3. Blend until smooth, about 30 seconds.

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If you want a brighter green smoothie, remove the carrots and replace with cucumber instead. The end result was still green, but it had an odd tinge to it.

You could also just juice everything, but I liked that I was still getting the fiber from the pear and spinach instead of juicing all of it away.

Adding chia, flax or even hemp seeds would go fabulously in this smoothie and help to keep it from separating, too. Not to mention it pumps up the healthy fats and protein in this delicious drink.

What’s your favorite smoothie add-in?

Are you visiting from the challenge? How is it going for you? What meals have you been preparing to support your body through the challenge?

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  1. Why bother juicing AND then blending? Wouldn’t it decrease prep and cleanup by blending all ingredients?

    • It sure would! The smoothie will be very fibrous, but you can totally do it that way too :)

  2. Encouraged by the smoothie challenge, i am wading slowly into making green smoothies. Tonight’s was a disaster. I had no more apples, but was craving beets. Inspired by recipes i had seen i Combined the following:
    Juiced cucumber and beet
    Blended with spinach, avocado, and water.
    Added a bit of banana and that helped make it more mellow.
    Usually i will combine beet/carrot or beet/apple. But already had two carrot juices today.

    Question: should i keep my vegetable juices separate from my fruit juices/smoothies? Does this make them taste better or digested more easily or more effective to build or cleanse the body?

    • Beet, Carrot, Apple with a couple pinches of ground Ginger are delicious!

    • I try to keep veggie separate from fruit, except for my carrot beet apple ginger drink. Always make the fruit smoothie/juice first thing in the morning. Dr. oz says that fruit should be eaten before any other food in the day, to make the most of the nutrition from it.

      • Leafy Greens can be added to either – veggie or fruit drink/smoothie/juice…………

  3. I’m not on the challenge, but it looks yummy! I love smoothies and juices, just too lazy to make them most of the time! I don’t think I have ever tried puting pear in one, I’m sure it tastes lovely!

  4. My absolute favorite juice add-ins are beet and lemon…together. Earthy, sweet, tart….perfect. This recipe looks amazing – pears are a fantastic sweetener for veggie juice!

    • Mmm beet and lemon… I’m going to have to try that. Thanks Arielle!

  5. That looks awesome! I love pears and never think to add them to smoothies. Well done!

  6. Pears, that is what I need to buy this week, the perfect smoothie ingredients. You`re really daring with the veggies, I`m afraid of the celery, lately it`s been overpowering all of my soups :(