Why is this called a smoothie juice?
What makes this pear so prickly?
To answer question 1 – this drink isn’t quite thick enough to be classed as a full-on smoothie due to a lack of milk or thickener. Yet, it’s thicker than a juice, and no juicer is involved. You see the dilemma?
To answer question 2 – this uses a normal pear, but the addition of some fiery ginger gives the drink a mood and immune-boosting kick or ‘prickle’, as I like to say.
I first made this smoothie-juice during the Christmas break, where every day revolves around food, and I wanted something light to tide me over until a mid-morning brunch. this certainly hit the spot, it’s refreshing, light and feels full of health without tasting like grass. In fact, the strong green colour is quite misleading, because it’s quite a sweet drink, as long as your pear is ripe enough. I think that’s the key to making this drink delicious: be patient and wait for your pear to become almost-too-soft and sticky sweet. It’s the perfect zingy pick me up for any time of the day, and I hope you’ll enjoy the lift, especially in the warmer weather.
Prickly Pear Smoothie Juice
1 pear, very ripe (peeled for a better green colour)
1 large handful of spinach
1 small baby gem lettuce
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp ground ginger (or a small knob of fresh ginger, peeled)
1 tbsp hemp protein powder, optional
100-200ml coconut water
Blend all of the ingredients in a blender until smooth. Start with 100ml of coconut water and add more until you’ve reached your desired thickness.
Drink straight away!
I can’t wait to see what you think of this. Please leave a comment below and let me know if you make this smoothie-juice by tagging me @nourishing.amy on Instagram using the hashtag #nourishingamy.