In just a few days we’ll all be inundated with red, green, silver and gold but for now I’m all about the orange and brown. I’m one of those who doesn’t like to think much about Christmas before Thanksgiving, or at least until I see Santa on his sleigh at the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade! Ok…I will admit, I may listen to a Christmas song or two, or three, while cooking the turkey, but that’s it! Let’s give each holiday it’s turn in the spotlight.
Since I’m hosting Thanksgiving, I’ve started filling my house with pretty autumnal flower arrangements (hoping they make it until Thursday.) I’ve planned out the menu and made a list of everything I need. Food shopping begins on Monday, picking up a fresh turkey on Tuesday, then on Wednesday I’ll be setting the table, making the soup, stuffing and vegetable sides. This way, all I have to do on Thursday is worry about the turkey and setting up the appetizers. Thanksgiving totally becomes manageable when you break it all up and create a game plan.
The leftovers are what I’m really looking forward to. There will be around-the-clock eating of sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing and turkey in all forms…as sandwiches, stuffed in peppers and baked together in a skillet. If your anything like me, the turkey won’t be the only thing your “stuffing” in the next few days. So, I created this smoothie in case you (or I) need a break from all the indulgence. It has all the festive flavors you crave, but without the guilt.
It’s easy to customize this recipe. I used pears, but you could go with apples instead. A small amount of unsweetened spiced pear juice (I use R.W. Knudsen brand), really makes the smoothie festive but apple cider would make a great substitute. I add in fresh ginger which is a great anti-inflammatory agent and really kicks up the flavor. And pomegranate seeds… well they’re just so darn pretty! Use whatever leafy greens you have left over in the fridge like kale or spinach to add in a hefty dose of immune-boosting goodness that we can all use at this time of year!
Whatever your plans are for this holiday week, I hope you have fun, eat well, and share lots of good times at your table! Happy Thanksgiving!
- 1 ripe pear (peeled and sliced) + more for garnish
- ¾ cup chopped kale or spinach
- 4 oz. spiced pear juice
- 1 tbsp. almond butter (optional)
- 2 tbsp fresh pomegranate seeds
- 1 in. piece of fresh ginger (peeled)
- 3 oz. water
- handful of ice cubes
- Place all ingredients in a high powered blender until smooth.
- Top with additional chopped pears or crushed almonds if desired.