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So it’s january, which means everyone seems to be trying some form of cleanse or diet. If you’re one of these people trying to find a new, healthier you then congratulations! I really hope you’re enjoying a healthy eating lifestyle, filled with all of nature’s goodness and that you’re feeling fantastic about yourself. To help everyone out a little I thought I’d share you one of my favourite cleansing smoothies. It’s lovely and filling, which makes it great for this time of the year when you’re looking for something comforting to battle the cold, grey days! But don’t worry it’s still wonderfully green, detoxifying and healthy beyond belief! It’s like goodness in a glass.

The combination of apple, pear, avocado and spinach might sound a little strange, but together these four beautiful ingredients create an amazing mirage of flavours, with the apple and pear sweetening the veggies. I think the avocado initially puts some people off – I guess maybe it sounds like a weird smoothie ingredient – but as you all know I use avocado in everything, as it makes a fantastically creamy, wonderfully healthy substitute for dairy. So here there is no need for any yoghurt, which is awesome.

A glass of this will set you up perfectly for your day, and you’ll feel fantastic. Not only because of all the goodness and nutrition that you’re drinking, but also because there’s always a sense of pride and happiness associated with knowing that you’re doing what you can to look and feel your best. I think consciously looking after your body really instills an awesome sense of pride and self worth, which everyone needs a little extra of most of the time.

Makes 1 large glass

– 2 red apples (they’re sweeter than green)

– 1 pear

– 1 small avocado

– a large handful of fresh spinach leaves

Optional – I always add all of these but they’re not essential

– 1 teaspoon of manuka honey

– 1 teaspoon of hemp protein

– 1 teaspoon of chia seeds

– 1 teaspoon of flax seeds

Simply juice the apples and pear, then add the juice to your blender along with the avocado fresh, spinach leaves and any of the extras that you want. Then blend until smooth. Pour, sip and love. This is going to make you feel beautiful!

On another note, I’d really like to thank all you lovely people again for continuing to visit my blog. I have to admit that I’m feeling very proud of myself at the moment – I’ve just reached 200,000 views in little over 8 months, which I can’t quite believe. It’s so much more than I ever imagined and I’m just so so excited that I’m managing to spread healthy ideas all over the world. The numbers just keep going up and up and I’ve now reached over 165 different countries! It’s crazy. I’m so unbelievably grateful for all of your support, and I so love all the comments, emails, tweets and facebook messages I get – it really makes the blog so worth while to know that it really is helping people on their journey to health and happiness, so please keep them coming! I’m so excited for 2013!

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