One of the most special gifts to embrace this time of year is being grateful and getting together with our loved ones. Why not give these special ones a gift that will not only nourish their insides but will help give them a boost (they probably didn’t realize they needed!). :)
My Holiday Apple Pear Smoothie Recipe is a great way to show your love for your family and friends, and your love for the holiday spirit- without compromising on your beauty routines.
Beauty Fruit: Apples
Apples may seem like a basic, everyday fruit to you, but I personally love them just the same. They are deliciously juicy and an incredible beauty food (its no wonder apples are one of the main ingredients in my Glowing Green Smoothie®!). It would be a huge disservice to your body and your health to avoid this fruit!
Here’s one reason why: Apples have a special type of soluble dietary fiber called pectin that is particularly cleansing to your inner system, which ultimately is outwardly beautifying.
Because our small intestine doesn’t absorb fiber during digestion, it goes to the colon where it promotes the growth of good bacteria and also turns into other helpful compounds that circulate back throughout your body.
In addition, apples have been linked to lowering cholesterol levels, aiding weight loss, and providing antioxidants to the brain as we age gracefully.
When preparing any recipe with apples, just remember that green apples are lower in sugar than red apples and can be substituted in this recipe, if you desire. And, to get the most out of apples, try to keep the skin on, since it contains half of the fiber content and many of the polyphenols.
Just be sure to give apples a good scrubbing before use. I find this Shopper’s Guide to be most helpful in avoiding the vast majority of pesticides on the produce you buy.
Apples are #4 on the list, so it’s definitely one of the fruits you may want to splurge on getting organic, if budget is a concern. Remember to check out the little stickers on the fruit starting with a 9 to indicate organic (versus a 4, which is for conventional)!
Beauty Fruit: Pears
Talk about options…there are almost 3000 varieties of pears found across the world!
The choices are endless when it comes to choosing pears. No need to worry about missing out on nutrients when choosing any of these guys- they all are packed with tons of health benefits.
Having trouble with your memory? Got you covered! In just one medium-sized pear there is about 15% of our daily recommended copper requirement (an essential mineral required for a healthy central nervous system). These copper ions affect the component that is responsible for making the neural synapses stronger or weaker, and this change can affect our ability to learn, and remember.
Concerned you’re not getting all your vitamins in? Check out this list: Pears are packed with vitamins: A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, and K.
Wish you had softer more supple skin? You guessed it! Pears help prevent fluctuation of sugar spikes with their fiber-rich nutrients, helping to minimize damage to collagen, that oh so important protein that keeps your skin looking its best!
In addition, pears are low in fat, low in calories, and contain minerals like, calcium, iron, chromium, magnesium, potassium, and zinc.
Pears also made it on the list as #6 (Yikes!!!), of most toxic residue when purchased from farms that apply conventional farming methods. If you’re unable to buy all organic, try to add pears to your list of beauty foods you purchase in the organic version.
It’s time to share the love of this recipe and fuel our bodies with all these amazing beauty properties!
See full recipe below…
- 2 red apples, deseeded and cubed
- 1 pear, deseeded and cubed
- 1 cup coconut water
- A sprinkle of cinnamon
- A sprinkle of cardamom
- Add all of the ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth.
- Serve and enjoy!
Let me know what your favorite smoothie bowl creation is, and don’t forget to add this recipe to your Pinterest Smoothie board!
All my love,