This Pear, Avocado and Honey Smoothie is paleo friendly, gluten free, dairy free and delicious. It’s a great way to start your day because it’s loaded with fiber and healthy fat AND you get your fruits and vegetables all in one shot!
I submitted my manuscript you guys!!! It’s in. My brain is mush, but it is in. Now I have until Monday to relax and be with my family, so I just wanted to share a short post today.
Yesterday I mentioned we’d be talking about Back to Basics all month, and today I have a new one for you. The Basic I wanted to talk about is getting your fruits and veggies in. Notice I didn’t say a number? I thought there was a standard number of servings we all were supposed to aim for. Wasn’t it 5 to 9? I seem to remember that. Well I looked it up, and it turns out there is no real rule that fits everybody. Now the recommendation is to get more. More is better. If that isn’t good enough for you, the more precise answer is that it is different for everybody depending on age, gender and level of activity. You can calculate how much you need right here.
How are you doing on getting in the recommendations? Knowing you guys, pretty darn well. I think I am okay too most days, thanks to my giant salads at lunch. Other days, I could probably step it up. And since more is better… I might as well. One thing is for sure, I could totally amp up the fruits. And I bet my daughters could use some more veggies too.
I got a really great comment from a reader the other day about that, and I wanted to mention it to you. She said that her healthy goal for 2015 was to eat more healthfully and to feed her family more healthfully too. I love thinking about considering the health of our loved ones when making choices about what we eat. Kids learn from their parent’s example right? So this is a great goal that will benefit everyone.
So anwhoo, where were we? Ah yes, smoothies and fruits and veggies. I looked up how many servings of fruits and veggies I should be getting, and inspired by my dear reader I also calculated how much my daughters should get too. Turns out we are in fact doing pretty well, most of the time, but there are a few times that I could improve things. I’m thinking it would be great if I got in the habit of making smoothies for my girls for breakfast a few times a week. Or the three of us could split one when they get off the bus for our afternoon snack.
One batch of this pear avocado smoothie is 300 calories which makes it plenty for an adult for breakfast. The cool thing about that is that I am already starting off my day with 1½ servings of fruit. It also has tons of fiber and great healthy fat to help me feel fuller longer.
Oh, and then there’s the taste! It is really creamy and pure tasting. The honey makes it so floral. And I have to mention the fact that almonds, pears and avocado are all crops that are pollinated by honeybees. It is like a little culinary homage to honeybees. (Okay that’s the mush brain talking. I think I should go chill on the couch for a bit.
Paleo and gluten-free smoothie recipe, loaded with fiber and healthy fat.
- 1 ripe juicy pear, cored and cut into chunks
- ½ ripe avocado, pit and skin removed
- ¾ cup unsweetened almond milk
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 1 cup ice
- Combine pear, avocado, almond milk and honey in a blender. Add ice, cover and puree until no chunks of ice remain, 30 to 45 seconds.
0 mg Cholesterol, 15 g Added Sugars
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