In the crazy rush of life, always being pushed to do this and that, it’s nice to treat oneself every once in a while. In fact, it is necessary to slow things down from time to time for the sake of sanity. Everyone needs to unwind, or else we risk suffering a nervous breakdown!
How do you chill out? Maybe you take a spa day, or spend a weekend watching brain-draining t.v. OR… you could spare your wallet and your brain cells, and make this easy, delicious smoothie instead. Take a sip of icy pear and chocolate serenity, and let it wash over you, bathing you in calm. Ahhh…this must be the real meaning of “chill out.”
While you’ll find tons of super-healthy smoothie recipes all over the internet, bursting with leafy greens, premium seeds and esoteric fruits only to be located at the exotic goods auction miles away, and all that stuff is great, sometimes you just need something sweet and simple. Something that maybe doesn’t require you to dole out your life’s savings to an auctioneer in exchange for a little bag of fibrous seeds. (You might as well have spent the money on that spa day!) This smoothie is inexpensive, tossed together with ingredients you probably already have lying around at home.
And the results? Scrumptious. Pear and chocolate make an unusual, but amazing duo. To make this smoothie even more indulgent, I topped mine with a little squirt of whip and a sprinkling of chocolate chips. So it may not be as healthy as some of my other smoothie recipes. But sometimes it’s okay, necessary even, to take a break from obsessing over the nutritional quality of one’s diet. Just enjoy something that may be a little less healthy! It’s still relatively nutritious, what with the protein and calcium from the yogurt, and fiber from the pear.
And get this: people who are super-duper strict with their “healthy” eating plans, are more likely to give up completely at some point and start eating a crazy amount of junk food. On the flip side of this, those who allow themselves to “cheat” a bit, with planned transgressions which are truly minor, will stick to their healthy eating plans in the long run. I consider this smoothie a “minor” offense, as it is nearly as healthy as some of my other smoothies. Enjoy as a dessert, snack or even a super-indulgent breakfast treat. I won’t tell anyone.
Pear and Chocolate Smoothie
- 1 banana
- 1 medium pear, chopped roughly
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 Yoplait brand chocolate mousse style yogurt
- 3 small ice cubes
- handful of semisweet chocolate chips
- dollop of whipped cream (I used 365 organic)
Directions: Place all smoothie ingredients in blender. Blend until smooth.
Pour into a glass, and embellish with whip and chocolate chips, or personalize with your own toppings!
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