New Year New You is much easier said — or rather, typed out on your Facebook page — than done. Every January, many of us vow the new year will bring a new sense of self and habits. Typically, these habits include going to the gym and eating healthier. While these are great personal goals, achieving them is another story. A great way to not only say you’re going to eat better but also, actually eat better, is to find delicious low-calorie recipes that are easy to make.
To kick-off the new year, nutritional health cook Lily Kunin is going to help all of us through a series of easy to make, delicious, and most importantly, healthy recipes. So here’s to 2016 and the new you!
Ginger Pear Smoothie Bowls
Makes 2 Bowls
1 ½ cups homemade unsweetened coconut milk (can sub with store bought)
2 frozen bananas
2 organic pears, cored and diced
2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger
2 teaspoons coconut oil
½ teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups unsweetened desiccated coconut flakes
4 cups filtered hot water
To make the milk:
Add the coconut flakes and hot water to blender and soak the flakes for a few minutes before blending. Then blend on high for 1 – 2 minutes. Over a bowl, use a nut bag or fine mesh strainer to strain the milk. Continue to wring out the milk from the bag or use the back of a spatula if you are using a fine mesh strainer. Discard or compost the coconut pulp.
Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate until chilled.
To make the bowls:
Blend milk, bananas, pears, ginger, coconut oil and cinnamon until smooth. Add more coconut milk if needed (you will likely need to if you are not using a high speed blender).
Divide smoothie between two bowls and top with pomegranate arils, blueberries, dried mulberries and coconut flakes. Enjoy!
Lily Kunin is a nutritional health cook and plant-based cook in New York City. When she is not in the kitchen, she’s with clients creating personalized health roadmaps that suit different lifestyle and dietary needs. Lily’s services include everything from private health coaching and cooking classes to customized meal planning and grocery shopping tutorials. Follow her on Instagram!