“Ewww, what is that?” Ian, my housemate, is not impressed by my concoction. The rest of my housemates eye it suspiciously, but don’t say anything.

I take the first sip while they all watch me shaking their heads. “This is delicious guys! I swear! Who wants to try it?”

“Sure why not.” Nick takes a sip.”Mmmmm, that’s actually not bad! What did you put in this again?”

Not everyone in my house has embraced a whole foods diet, because many of them have the misconception that healthy food is bland, or worse, tastes bad. Thus, many of my recipes are viewed skeptically, especially when they’re green. Honestly, I don’t blame them – I used to think the same thing about eating healthy. But not anymore! I’ve learned that the healthiest food is by far the most delicious if you learn to read the signals your body is giving you accurately.

In this case the concoction was a smoothie. It tastes great and I urge to try it yourself even though it might have some unusual ingredients. The pears give it a grainy sweetness, the avocados give it a silky smooth dimension, and the coconut milk brings is a light and refreshing nutty quality.



  • 1 can coconut milk or 2 cups or fresh raw milk, if you can tolerate it
  • 3 ripe pears
  • 1 banana
  • 2 handfuls of spinach
  • 1 avocado


  1. All of the ingredients should ideally be refrigerated beforehand. The smoothie is better when it’s cold.
  2. Peel the pears, banana, and avocado.
  3. Toss in the fruits, coconut milk, and spinach into a blender, and blend it until it is a uniform texture.
  4. Poor into a large wide-rimmed glass and enjoy immediately. This stuff won’t stay fresh more than a a couple hours in the fridge.