Where were we? Ah, yes. It’s the
first third week of the New Year. And I am still writing 2012. See? That’s what happens when you write a bunch of posts in advance and forget that they won’t make sense when they are actually published. Sigh.
I don’t know about you, but I need a new Green Smoothie. I need to cram as many green, leafy vegetables into my body as I possibly can; and not just because Jonathan Bailor said so – although it’s true that man can get me to agree to just about anything. In this instance though, it’s because my doctor said so; for entirely different reasons to Jonathan. Well, I suppose, not entirely different reasons. They both have my well-being at heart.
According to the vials of blood that were so expertly coaxed out of my reluctant right arm last week, I have a major vitamin D deficiency going on. I simply cannot fathom how this can be true, but if numbers never lie, then it must be. Of course, a vitamin D deficiency has nothing to do with needing more greens. That was just an unexpected side note on the test results. I need more greens because my nose has taken up bleeding as a hobby, and while it’s really not that inconvenient most of the time, it can make driving a little bit more exciting than even I care for. Turns out that vitamin K does a mighty fine job of making blood clot; and leafy greens are chock full of the stuff.
In an aligning of the stars that occurred right before Christmas – involving the delivery of a fantastical gift of, amongst other things, the most luscious, beautiful pears ever grown – I was able to create us a staggeringly tasty new Green Smoothie, right on cue for my upgraded clotting requirements. My good friend, Bill, always sends me a Harry and David Tower of Treats around the holidays. Last year I gleefully took my boxes of treats on my road-trip to San Diego. It made a perfect picnic for the two-day drive. This year, with no road-trip in sight, I chomped on my treat-filled tower right here at my kitchen table. It was awesome. Thanks, Bill!
If you’ve been tagging along for a bit you probably already know how I feel about pears. I had an inkling as soon as I spied the huge Harry and David box on my porch that it would contain a fabulous smoothie in the making.
The cashews make this incredibly smooth and creamy – not a single texture issue for miles, even with all that spinach in it. You can usually buy cashews pre-toasted, or you can toast your own. You could use raw cashews too, but you won’t get the depth of flavor that toasted-until-they’re-golden cashews bring to the proceedings. This would be a great way to use up pears that are slightly past their prime for eating – you know when they are so ripe they gush with juice as you bite into them.
Green Smoothies are the fastest route to getting your 10 servings of non-starchy vegetables into you. If you are still not convinced that drinking something that looks like swamp water – or maybe algae scooped off the top of a pond – can possibly be pleasant to drink, all I can do is plead with you to try. You cannot taste the spinach. All you have is a glass full of creamy pear and cashew deliciousness. If this is your first one, you’ll likely want to try all of these immediately afterwards.
Living a *SANE life should never mean boring. Or nasty-tasting.
- 2 cups / 1 pint unsweetened thin coconut milk
- ½ cup toasted cashews
- 2 ripe pears
- 6 oz. / 170g fresh spinach
- 2 oz. / 55g vanilla whey powder
- ¼ cup / 2 fl oz. water
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- Place the ingredients in the blender in the order listed.
- Blend until completely smooth.