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Pear and Parsley Green Smoothie Recipe

Updated on October 31, 2015

Green Smoothies for Weight Gain, Weight Loss, and Health

Having suffered from vitamin deficiencies most of my life, and the doctor's being at a loss to provide me with any answers, only more questions... I have discovered my own best way back to health. Although most people seem to be concerned with losing weight, I have had the life long struggle of gaining weight and keeping it on. I have heard jokes about how people gain weight just looking at certain foods... I lose weight if I am not careful about what I eat. Some people have called me lucky, but please understand that my struggle is just as difficult... And that makes green smoothies wonderful across the board, as they have helped so many lose weight as needed, others to gain weight as needed, and all of us to fill nutritional deficiencies within us.

For me, becoming vegetarian, and working towards vegan, have been huge steps in my gaining health. Not only that, but I have become quite aware of how the nutritional values of food change with various types of processing. We have seen a lot in the news in the last few years about how cooking changes the molecular structure of our foods, and steals the moisture away from it. I have found that THE most important thing I need to do to maintain both my weight and my health is to include mostly raw foods in my diet. Green smoothies not only offer an easily assimilable form of nutrition, but being raw offer the highest amount of nutrition the food has to offer. I understand that being vegetarian, or going raw, isn't for everyone, but one thing we all have in common is our need to increase our green vegetable consumption, especially the leafy kind!

Rabbit Food!

Also Known As Green Leafies....

I have always hated salad, and have heard it called "rabbit food" for a good deal of my life. This has led me to eating as little salad as possible! At first I found I was able to eat a salad occasionally as long as it had fruit in it. Then I discovered fruit dressings, such as a Raspberry Vinaigrette. In the end, all the greens fell by the wayside as I went back to the fruit salads I have always loved...placed on top of the one leaf of lettuce that would simply find it's end in the garbage or compost pile, depending on what it had held.

When I first heard of Green Smoothies, I was intrigued to say the least. I was familiar with fruit smoothies, and the idea of simply blending the salad greens into that sweet smoothie was cause for further study. To that end, I have studied the idea of Green Smoothies, the application of Green Smoothies, the components of Green Smoothies, the recipes of Green Smoothies, and in the end the taste of Green Smoothies...and then marveled at their effect on my health.

I absolutely love 'Green for Life'

by Victoria Boutenko! She is a wonderful and engaging writer, and this book is filled with more information then you learned in your entire school career!

Ever wonder why you hate to eat salad?

She tells you.

Ever wondered why you burp after eating green vegetables?

The answer is in there!

Do you wonder why leafy greens are better than your multi-vitamins?

That answer is in there too!

I definitely recommend not only reading this book, but adding it to your library! The last section of 'Green for Life' has some recipe ideas. Not only are they a great place to start, but I find myself referring back to them for inspiration several times a month!

Let Them Eat Greens! - Smoothies for everyone!

Getting kids to eat their vegetables from the dinner plate is an age old hassle. We have all seen the stories, and maybe lived them too! The kid is sitting at the dinner table far past everyone else being finished, just pushing the vegetables around. What if there was a way to get your kids to eat their vegetables without all the hassles?
A green smoothie provides the perfect balance of the vegetables that you want them to have, and the sweetness that they want to constantly consume! The only problem is.. finding a good recipe that won't scare your kids off of green smoothies forever!

I want to share this delightful way to enjoy "rabbit food" with everyone! This is a way that anyone can enjoy the dreaded salad greens, and a bunch of other greens too!

No more bitter taste, no more forever crunching on one bite, no more acid reflux or gas from eating too many greens! Green Smoothie recipes are designed to be sweet enough to entice anyone!

This is one way that everyone from the tough guys to little toddlers, to teenagers, to moms, and everyone else can add more leafy greens into their daily diet and LOVE doing it!

Parsley Plays a Starring Role

It isn't just a sprig left on your dinner plate today!

I am really excited about this new green smoothie that I created today! It turned out to be the most spectacular bright green color. It reminded me of the color of new leaves on trees in the spring. I finally got a good picture of this Pear and Parsley green smoothie. The camera got over its need to turn everything an unappealing brown, and gave me a green colored green smoothie!

This is such a simple recipe, and I have been thinking about it for days. I finally got up the courage to try it out today. The idea of using parsley as a base ingredient in a green smoothie was a bit daunting. The darker the green, the stronger the flavor is a general rule I have discovered. And parsley being among the darker greens, I have been nervous that the flavor would be overpowering.

The kids still like their green smoothies on the sweet side, and I was worried the fruit to green ratio would need to be way off to make this green smoothie palatable.

As we get out of the growing season, I am finding the price of green leafies to be going up exponentially. I decided that I want to find some fantastic winter greens at the grocery store.... This would mean that the leafy greens would taste good, and be cheap in price!

Parsley is always under a dollar, and the glorious darkness of its green leaves and stems have both intrigued me and scared me off. The darker the green color may indicate a stronger flavor, but is also indicative of the amount of nutrition its little cells hold! So, I braved my fears, and bought a couple of bunches of parsley this week.

And so, I have been experimenting with parsley this week.

Adding In The Greens...

What else goes in there?

The optimum composition to a green smoothie is 40% greens, and 60% fruit, according to Victoria Boutenko's book Green for Life.

I have found that when I started my children and myself on green smoothies, that we really enjoyed them being slightly sweeter. This meant that I started with a ratio closer to 25% greens and 75% fruit, and have slowly adjusted as our tastes did. Now, I look forward to the "green" taste, but the children still like a sweeter blend. I have also adjusted the recipe slightly, and have my own basics that are always included.

Those inclusions are: 2-3 tablespoons of coconut cream (oil)...make sure you get high quality unheated coconut cream that has not been sprayed by pesticides or affected by other chemicals. The second change is the amount of water. I usually add 3-4 cups of water...this up to doubles the amount of water used in the original recipes making it very liquid, instead of the creamy, almost pudding like texture. The last added inclusion is a stalk of celery, which will help oxygenate the blood.

Parsley and Pear Green Smoothie Recipe

Just what you were looking for!

About 1/3 bunch of Parsley

2 Pears (I used green D'Anjou Pears)

1 stalk of Celery (the greener the better!) (opt.)

2-3 Tblsp. Coconut Cream (opt.)

3-4 C. water

Make sure you wash off your produce. Using a vita-mix, I don't worry about much chopping for preparation. I did quarter the pears, and remove the top stem. (I usually don't worry about removing stems, but for whatever reason it seemed the right thing to do today.) Yes, the seeds were included in the blender.

The celery is usually snapped in half, just so the lid can be secured to the blender jar before turning the blender on. I leave those celery leaves springing from the top, and don't bother trimming the bottom either. If it pulls off, it goes in!

Just smoosh the parsley sprigs down into the blender. I don't worry about chopping them. That's what the blender is for. I include the entirety of the stem and leaves of the parsley sprig. Just throw it in whole!

Scoop (or pour, depending on the season) the spoonfuls of coconut cream. Over the summer it was hot enough here (120 degree daily high temperature) that even with the window air conditioner on, the coconut cream melted into a clear liquid for the summer, and has just recently started to solidify into it's usual white hardness. When solid, it is much more like scrapping cold butter, but worse! But WOW is it ever worth it! That's a lens for another day!

Pour in 3-4 cups of water. I use a small 16 oz. mason jars, and fill it most of the way twice. As usual I am using bottled water. (The tap water here is just barely run through a filter after it comes out of the river, and sometimes dirt comes right through the faucet! The flip side... I don't have to worry about what chemicals we are bathing in!)

That's it. Secure the cap, and blend several minutes until smooth.

Remember, if you are not using a Vita-Mix, you will need to do a bit more prep work. You may want to chop your produce into approximately 2 inch pieces. You will probably want to remove the tougher inner part of the pear, including the seeds, and stem. (The leafy greens are also better blended by a Vita-mix. So if it is green chunkies that are putting you off, you might want to look into a Vita-Mix.) And the results may be slightly chunkier...but delicious none the less!

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      SparkleChi LM 4 years ago

      @Spiderlily321: Glad you liked it! Thanks for linking to me from your lens! Namaste!

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      Spiderlily321 5 years ago

      Great lens and featured on my green smoothie lens. Thanks for sharing!

      I love green smoothies and make my own variety every day

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      SparkleChi LM 5 years ago

      @mfp: Parsley is one of my favorite things to keep in the house all the time! It works well in several combinations, and can always be found cheaply and easily!

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      mfp 5 years ago

      Green smoothies are big in my house - haven't done parsley with pear though. Thanks for the tip

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      tricomanagement 5 years ago

      great - love this Lens

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      Miran74 5 years ago

      Great work! Very usful recipe, I like it. Thanks!

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      Jonhaws 5 years ago

      Great post. I love the vitamix. . . i have had mine for 6 years

      Blendtec vs Vitamix

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Sounds delicious! Parsley is good for your breath.

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      hawaii_green_smoothie 6 years ago

      Wow! This recipe sounds awesome! ;)

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      Jessi 6 years ago from United States

      Sounds healthy..great lens!

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      PlanetGiftBaskets 6 years ago

      I've just recently started making green smoothies and have been scared to try Parsley in it. This recipe looks wonderful and I'm going to make the jump. Great lens Thank You!!

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      surfin4dough lm 6 years ago

      This smoothie sounds super healthy and super yummy at the same time. Will have to give it a try.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great lens-sounds delicious! Blessed by a squidoo angel on 5/29/2011. Have a great day!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Nice Squidoo. I really enjoy reading what you wrote about. Chris

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      SparkleChi LM 6 years ago

      @squidoofreak: Yes it is!

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      squidoofreak 6 years ago

      awesome juice ...

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      SparkleChi LM 6 years ago

      @CHalloran LM: CHalloran, One of my favorite things about mixing the fruits with the veggies is that everyone in the house will drink the creation! I can just add more or less fruit as needed to please each person!

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      SparkleChi LM 6 years ago

      @Gall Bladder Symptoms: Thanks! I have a particular fondness for pears and parsley! When I first created this recipe, I thought I was in heaven!

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      CHalloran LM 6 years ago

      I love juices made with green fruits and veggies. So healthy and delicious at the same time. You can mix ingredients you would never imagine together, but juice'em up and they make a yummy drink!

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      Gall Bladder Symptoms 6 years ago

      Wow. Great recipes. Super healthy, especially the one with parsley and pears! -- pears and gallbladder

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      world best fruitjuice monavie

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I made the parsley/pear green smoothie, cutting back a bit on the coconut oil, and it tasted great, Please remember though that parsley is a powerful natural diuretic! You may experience some surprising results!

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      Susanna Duffy 8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Well done!

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      AndrewGreen LM 8 years ago

      I am not a vegetarian or a vegan but i do enjoy trying new tastes and flavours out, so thank you for giving me the chance to try some of your ideas out.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Aren't there some vegetables that are more nutritious when lightly steamed?

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      JanieceTobey 8 years ago

      Nice lens! Welcome to Delicious Vegetarian Recipes!

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      Dianne Loomos 8 years ago

      I tried making some green smoothies but no one liked them. Maybe I'll try again using your guidelines. They have got to be so good for you! Welcome to the Hungry Squidz Choice Group. Please stop by the group and grab the blue ribbon for your lens!

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      WhiteOak50 8 years ago

      Thanks for joining Herb Garden of Alternative Healing, great lens!

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      tdove 8 years ago

      Thanks for joining G Rated Lense Factory!

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      SparkleChi LM 8 years ago

      Thanks for accepting this lens into your group! I am excited to have joined my first group![in reply to CreativeArtist]

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      Cheryl Paton 8 years ago from West Virginia

      Welcome to the Vegetarian Recipes Group.

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      SparkleChi LM 8 years ago

      This looked like an interesting smoothie recipe, even if it isn't green. I made it into dessert the other night. I used rice milk instead (soy allergy), and added some cocoa. It was a fantastic chocolate smoothie that the kids were thrilled with! Thanks for the idea! [in reply to StephenC]

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      SparkleChi LM 8 years ago

      Thanks for the welcome! [in reply to awelldressedbullet]

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      Stephen Carr 8 years ago from Corona, CA

      A make a semi-smoothie with soy milk, coffee, and banana. Quite tasty.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I've never been much of a smoothie connaisseur, but this actually sounds like a really nice combination. Welcome to Squidoo, you are obviously off to a great start! - Kathy

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      SparkleChi LM 8 years ago

      [in reply to Jewelsofawe]

      Sure you can Jewelsofawe! You can either start with a familiar fruit smoothie recipe and then add a piece of green to it, or start with a simple recipe for a green smoothie, and start with more fruit and less greens! The only kind of green leafies my children would eat when we started was Romaine lettuce, and that was only under promise of dessert or some other drastic measure. (Don't worry they did plenty of veggies, just not green leafies!) So I started with a simple recipe of one banana, one leaf of Romaine lettuce, and 2 cups of water. It wasn't bad! We actually got tired of the banana first, and tried apple, pear, and mango. Then I started adding another half leaf of lettuce, then an entire leaf, and so on. Now my standard smoothie includes about 6 leaves, and extra water!

      What green leafies do you enjoy? Romaine, Green Leaf, or Red Leaf Lettuce? Find something "normal" that you don't mind the taste of, and start there!

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      Patricia 8 years ago

      I am not sure I can do a green smoothie. I used to make a delicious banana and strawberry smoothie.

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      SparkleChi LM 8 years ago

      I've never been very good at even thinking about counting calories. The closest I ever got to that was when I was studying the Bradley Method of childbirth for my second child, and I needed to keep track of how much protein I was eating every day!

      I have learned to trust my body's signals for what it wants and needs, and as I have done that I find that I see food in a different way.

      An example would be when I was driving home from the grocery store tonight. My daughter had waited in the car, and did not know what I had gotten, so I was excitedly telling her about this gorgeous, crisp, dark bunch of kale that I had found buried, and this fantastic bunch of crispy dandelion greens that were the loveliest color of green while we drove home!

      She gave me one of those "you've lost it mom" looks, and I realized again how differently I see food now.

      As for the nutritional breakdown... I have no clue, but maybe I can figure that out.... sounds like the start of another lens!

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      Jimmie Lanley 8 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      This recipe does sound like a very healthy one. What exactly is the nutritional breakdown? It sounds like it's pretty high calorie.