One of my favorite ways to get lots of nutrients in a small package (or glass!) is by making smoothies. Smoothies can be made from just about any fruit or vegetable, and can include all sorts of healthy additions, like wheatgrass powder, spirulina, hemp seeds, cacao powder…the list goes on. It’s easy to sneak nutrient-rich green vegetables in like spinach and kale — but my favorite smoothie addition, by far, is the avocado. When added to smoothies it makes them creamy and luscious without altering the taste. Not to mention, it’s really healthy!
The avocado contains 20 essential nutrients, and boosts the absorption of two key carotenoid antioxidants – lycopene and beta-carotene. And don’t fear the fat! The fat in avocados is monounsaturated, which is good for you. This amazing fruit is cholesterol free, and cholesterol lowering, plus it regulates your metabolism which helps prevent weight gain. What more could you ask for?
Here’s a quick recipe for a chocolatey smoothie I just made myself today for lunch!
Chocolate Spinach and Avocado Smoothie:
1 frozen banana
1 cup hemp milk (or other non-dairy milk)
1 cup coconut water
1/2 cup frozen spinach
1/4 cup cacao powder
1 tbsp mesquite powder
1 tbsp coconut sugar
3 tbsps ripe avocado
1 cup ice
Mix in a blender (I prefer Vitamix) and enjoy!