For those busy mornings when I’m out the door before I wake up, when I don’t have time for a relaxed breakfast or to enjoy a smoothie at home, I make a smoothie to go and start sipping on it at the very first red traffic light. It’s on these occasions that I make my smoothies more filling than usual, to be sure they’ll keep me up and running on a happy belly at least until noon.
Because of the avocado and banana, this smoothie is particularly smooth ‘n silky. It has a wonderful citrusy taste from the orange and lemon and a refreshing minty flavor that makes it simply addictive.
- They’re a good source of fiber, potassium, and vitamins C,K, folate, and B6.
- Half of an avocado has 160 calories, 15 grams of heart-healthy unsaturated fat, and only 2 grams saturated fat.
- One whole avocado contains more than 1/3 of our daily value of vitamin C and more than half our daily equirements of vitamin K.
Good to know*:
- It’s been shown that the healthy monounsaturated fats found in avocados help to better absorb antioxidants found in other veggies, such as lycopene (found in tomatoes, watermelon, pink and red grapefruit, apricots) and beta-carotene (found in carrots, sweet potatoes, winter squash, spinach, kale, orange). So add some avocado slices or avocado oil (cold pressed is best) to your salads for improved nutrient absorption.
- If you only need to consume half an avocado, to avoid the browning (oxidation) of the remaining half, sprinkle lemon juice on the remaining/exposed avocado flesh and refrigerate it in an airtight container/plastic bag/cling wrap.
- Handful of shredded lettuce
- 1 small ripe avocado
- 1 banana
- 8 loquats (or 2 apricots / 1 peach / 1/2 mango)
- flesh of 1 big juicy orange
- 2 TBSP sesame seeds
- handful of fresh mint leaves
- 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp matcha green tea
- 1 tsp bee pollen (optional)
- 5 lemon juice frozen ice cubes (or 1/4 cup lemon juice + ice cubes)
- To serve: chia seeds, pumpkin seeds and fresh mint leaves
- Add all to blender and whiz until smooth.
*Nutrition reference: WebMD