I am in LOVE with this smoothie! There have been days when I've had one for breakfast and dinner (yes, I've been slacking in bit in the cooking dinner department). Not only is it creamy and smooth and wonderfully delicious, it's packed with both fruits and veggies. It's a great way to get excellent nutrition to start (or end) my day.
Don't let the combo of veggies freak you out. I had never thought about adding avocado to my smoothies until I read a recipe using them to create a creamy chocolate shake. I decided to give it a try and man, I'm so glad I did!!
Yes, avocados are a little on the high side when it comes to calories, but the nutritional benefits definitely outweigh the addition of the calories. Avocados contain folate, potassium, monosaturated fats (the good fats) and are very high in fiber. They have also been shown to help lower LDL and raise HDL.
My second favorite addition to this smoothie....the kiwi! I'm addicted to them right now. While not technically a superfood, this little green gem is packed full of vitamins A, E and C, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes. It's also a great source of fiber, packing almost twice as much as spinach. Take that, Popeye!
And those little chia seeds...great source of both protein and fiber. If you don't like the feeling of the seeds whole in your smoothie, you can always grind them into a powder prior to adding them in.
It's easy to add in a little extra protein when I drink these after a workout, too! Add a little vanilla protein powder or Greek yogurt (plain or vanilla) and you've got a great post-workout smoothie!
MY FAVORITE GREEN SMOOTHIE
1/2 cup diced pineapple, frozen
1/2 banana, sliced and frozen
1 kiwi, peeled, sliced and frozen
1 cup spinach
2 inch chunk of cucumber
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tsp chia seeds
1/4-1/2 cup water
optional add ins: 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder or 2-3 tablespoons Greek yogurt
Place almond milk in the blender first, then add remaining ingredients, only adding 1/4 cup water. Blend on high until everything is blended well and smooth.
Depending on your fruits and blender, you may need to add an additional 1/4 cup water to get and keep everything moving. Add it slowly and in small amounts so your smoothie isn't too runny.
NOTE: To make things easier, I put the pineapple, banana and kiwi in food saver bags and freeze them together. That way I can just grab one bag from the freezer and I'm ready to go!
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