The Super Delicious Green Smoothie
You see them everywhere! People walking down the street, sitting at their desks at work, walking in and out of the gym, all carrying large clear cups containing a thick green concoction. Perhaps you too enjoy a morning glass of this pulpy green brew!
So why are so many of us filling our blenders with a medley of greens each morning? Because we love green smoothies!
But did you know that you could increase the health benefits of your morning milkshake by simply adding some avocado? Avocados are packed with a number of essential nutrients including Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Folate and Potassium. They are also loaded with both soluble and insoluble dietary fiber to support digestive health as well as healthy blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Need one more reason to add this creamy nutty-flavored fruit to your drink? Consuming avocados with other healthy plant foods helps your body to absorb their nutrients, specifically fat-soluble nutrients such as Vitamins A, D, E, K, beta-carotene, lycopene, and lutein.
A 2005 study found that adding avocado to a salad can significantly enhance carotenoid absorption from the salad ingredients. Why is this important? Research has associated dietary carotenoids with a decreased risk of disease, specifically some cancers and eye disease.
Try this tasty Super Delicious Green Smoothie!
- 1-2 cups greens (kale, spinach, mixed baby greens)
- 1 bunch of basil leaves
- ¼ cup parsley
- 1/2 cup pineapple
- 1/2 ripe avocado
- 1 small banana
- 1 cup coconut milk or almond milk
- 1 scoop Protein Powder (such as Hemp or Pea)
- Mediterranean Sea Salt (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a blender and then enjoy!!!