People always joke about the lunch lady and her “surprise” specialties.
Surprise and tuna should never be in the same sentence.
Dishes with unidentifiable ingredients can be a scary thing. We all fear the unknown. Rest assured, this is one surprise bowl you need not fear.
The first surprise is the ingredient in Heather’s Meatless Monday round-up this week – Spinach. My favorite!
Spinach may be the most versatile veggie in the land. I like it in salads, sautés, sauces, soups… apparently anything that starts with an S… I especially like it in smoothies. It’s the perfect way to sneak extra veggies in you diet and to make your drinks a very pretty color.
Today’s Pear-Ginger Tofu Surprise Smoothie is the thickest, creamiest smoothie you’ll ever have. Guaranteed. The tofu and avocado together make this reminiscent of a soft-serve treat. The pear and ginger flavors are a fun, refreshing combination… and you’d never detect the green surprises if it weren’t for the color.
The strange but goodness doesn’t end with the surprise ingredients. How I stored the ingredients is also a thing of curiosity.
Do you ever eat half an avocado and wonder what to do with the rest? No matter what I do, they don’t store well. So I freeze them. Remove the skin and toss it in a baggie for safe keeping in the freezer. I toss the frozen chunks into smoothies for the added creaminess and healthy fats.
Warning: You can thaw it for use in a dip, but it won’t be the same if you try to eat it in slices.
Same goes for the pear. I had a massive pear and only wanted half. The other half went into my freezer, and was used in this smoothie. Awesome, right? We all knew this worked with bananas. Don’t be afraid to try it with everything! I’ve done oranges, cherries, berries, mango, peaches… beans….
Pear-Ginger Tofu Surprise Smoothie
- 3 oz tofu
- 1 C fresh spinach
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I use Sun Warrior)
- 1/2 large pear
- 1/4 avocado
- 1/4 in piece fresh ginger
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 small slice fresh lemon
- 5-6 drops liquid stevia
- Water + ice, to taste
- Optional toppings: oats, muesli, cinnamon, etc.
Throw everything into a high-speed blender and mix until smooth.
Add toppings of your choosing and enjoy!
Week 1 of Junk-Free January was amazing. It sounds funny, but I almost forgot how good it feels to eat clean. Energy is awesome! 11 weeks until my next competition and I am PUMPED!
Do you freeze your leftover produce?
Are you detoxed from the holiday yet? Or are you one of those “good” people with self-control? 😉