This weekend we headed down to Iowa for our first baby shower. It was hosted by two of my aunts and a family friend and seriously – they blew it out of the water. It was the best! They went with a camping/adventure theme, which is also our nursery theme, and thought of the cutest ideas! From the “sleeping bag” tortilla roll ups, to the “hydration station” Bloody Mary bar and campfire cupcakes, I was so in awe of all of the fun little details they included.
I’ll be doing a full recap of the shower as soon as I get all of the photos organized and edited, but if you want to see a few I put up on Instagram, go check them out on my greens & chocolate account here or my Baby Ellingson account here.
After a weekend full of good food at the shower and eating out, I came home ready to reset. Since we got home mid-afternoon when it was too late for lunch and too early for dinner, I decided on a green smoothie to hold me over. I should also add I drank the smoothie with a side of Sun Chips (which have been a recent pregnancy craving) but I’m just going to assume they cancel each other out. Yeah, let’s go with that.
While I typically gravitate towards green smoothies made with bananas, milk, and peanut butter, I was looking for something a little bit lighter and refreshing yesterday.
This Ginger Pear Smoothie is just what I was looking for and while I didn’t make it thinking of it being a “detox” smoothie, that’s kind of how it came out to be with all of the different ingredients.
The liquid in the smoothie is coconut water, which is great for rehydrating and replenishing electrolytes. It’s taken me awhile to get into coconut water but I am absolutely loving it now.
Pears are great for digestion, as they have a ton of fiber, and added just a little bit of sweetness to the smoothie. I also added about a tablespoon of honey to the smoothie since the pear doesn’t add quite as much sweetness as, say, a banana would, in my opinion.
Next, I put a good-sized scoop of plain whole milk Stonyfield Yogurt in the smoothie for probiotics and some calcium and a handful of spinach for more nutrients.
Lastly, I added a bit of ginger to give it a little kick. One health benefit of ginger is that it can ease nausea. Now that I think of it, between the hydrating coconut water and the ginger, this would be quite the hangover drink. Not that I’ll be needing that anytime soon.
As is the case with any smoothie recipe, this one is really adaptable. If you don’t have coconut water, you can use milk. If you hate ginger, leave it out. If you have some berries you’d like to add – do it! I also put ice as an optional ingredient, as some people find it necessary in smoothies and some don’t.
Oh and before you leave – I have a giveaway today! As part of Stonyfield Yogurt’s Clean Plate Club, I was sent a Hamilton Beach single-serve blender to try out and give away to one of my readers. While my VitaMix will always be #1 in my smoothie loving heart, I did appreciate the convenient to-go cup that the Hamilton Beach blender comes with and it’s compact size for storage.
All you have to do to enter is comment below what your favorite smoothie is and then enter in the Rafflecopter below.
- 1 cup coconut water
- 1 medium sized pear
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 cup spinach
- 1/4 cup plain yogurt
- 1/2 cup ice optional
- Combine all ingredients in blender and blend on high until completely combined.
- Pour into serving glass and enjoy!
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