"Frozen vegetables are not exactly the chicest of ingredients as much of their texture is lost when they are thawed. But they are perfect in smoothies as they are often cheaper, available all year round and make them thicker than fresh vegetables do. In this smoothie bowl, the sweet flavour of the pear and dates balances out the savoury taste of the vegetables just beautifully. The avocado adds creaminess, while the ginger, lime and coconut water provide a fresh twist. I add algae or grass powders to my bowl as they provide extra nutrients and have a stunning deep green colour. Beware, though, as they can become overpowering in flavour. Start with just ½ teaspoon and then add more if you prefer. - David Freniel and Luise Vindahl
- 1 medium-sized ripe pear, seeds removed
- 1/2 ripe avocado, stone removed
- 50 Grams (1/2 cup) frozen broccoli florets
- 50 Grams (2 oz/ ¾ cup) frozen spinach (organic if possible)
- 2 –4 soft dates, pitted
- 1/2 –1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated (or 1/4–1/2 teaspoon ground ginger)
- 1/2 –1 teaspoon spirulina powder (or chlorella, wheatgrass or barley grass)
- 250 Milliliters (8 1./2 fl oz/1 cup) coconut water (or milk of choice)
- juice of 1/2 lime
For the Topping
- pistachio nuts, finely chopped
- toasted raw buckwheat*
- desiccated coconut
- hemp seeds or bee pollen
- green kiwi fruit, finely chopped
- passion fruit or golden kiwi fruit, pulp (mashed)
- edible flowers, optional
Roughly chop the pear and add it to a blender along with the flesh of the avocado and the rest of the ingredients. Blend on a high speed until completely smooth.
For the Topping
Taste and adjust the sweetness and spiciness to your liking by adding more dates or ginger if necessary, as well as more spirulina if you prefer. Pour into two small bowls or a large one (as featured in the photo). Finish with a sprinkling of the nuts, buckwheat, coconut and seeds, as well as the fruit and flowers, and serve.
* Toast raw (greenish) buckwheat in a dry frying pan (skillet) on a medium heat for approx. 5 minutes or until golden. If you have a sweet tooth, try adding a drizzle of pure maple syrup to the pan. You can also purchase sprouted and dehydrated crunchy buckwheat in health food stores.