A Delicious Avocado, Peach & Berry Smoothie Recipe
To create a smoothie that tastes great and is also beneficial to your health, you just need a few key ingredients: fruits, vegetables and a liquid to mix everything up. A simple rule of thumb is to use approximately equal portions of all three.
When prepared correctly, smoothies can be consumed at any time of the day. The dietary fiber and protein in smoothies help to keep you full, while the fat and carbs are a good source of energy.
This smoothie contains all 3 macronutrients and is made of:
1/2 an avocado – for a long time people were scared of fat and tried to stay away from it at all costs when eating healthy. However this isn’t the case anymore; studies have shown that not all fat is equal. In particular, the primary type of fat found in avocados (monounsaturated fat) is great for heart health.
1/2 a cup of frozen mixed berries – not only are these tiny fruits delicious, they are also chock-full of vitamins and minerals. They contain large doses of vitamin C, which is important for lots of different bodily functions. You can often find organic frozen berries that are inexpensive.
1 cup of spinach – anyone who has read about nutrition will know just how important it is to eat your greens. Spinach is one of the best leafy green vegetables that there is and provides you with vitamins A & K.
1/2 a peach – these succulent and juicy fruits are rich in natural sugars, which enhances the flavor of the smoothie. Peaches are great for your skin, help prevent cancer and also promote eye health.
1/2 a frozen banana – bananas are one of the most common ingredients used in smoothies. This is because their texture helps to thicken up beverages, making them more enjoyable to drink. Bananas contain vitamin B6, potassium and manganese.
1/2 a beet – studies have shown that beets are excellent for enhancing exercise performance. This is the reason why some athletes drink beet juice before training.
1 heaped tablespoon of hemp protein powder – protein is required by the body for muscle repair and growth. Increasing protein intake has also been shown to help with weight loss. Hemp is one of the best sources of plant protein that there is, and is both dairy & gluten free.
1 tablespoon of chia seeds – nuts & seeds in general are packed with nutrients and are easy to incorporate into your diet. When using chia seeds in smoothies, place them in a bowl and cover with water for 15 minutes or so. Doing so will form a gel, making them easier to handle.
1 cup of coconut water – this semi clear liquid tastes great and is high in electrolytes. It is extremely hydrating and a delight to drink on its own or in smoothies.
Pour the coconut water into a blender, add in the rest of the ingredients and blend for 20 – 30 seconds. If you don’t have a blender, you can find one here.
Smoothies are incredibly versatile because of the large number of ingredients that you can use to prepare them. Check out this recipe finder tool for more ideas.