I love this avocado smoothie, it’s a real powerhouse of goodness! We all know avocados are good for us, don’t we? And spinach, Popeye and his inflated biceps? Yeah, that one’s been hammered into our brains since we could toddle, I suppose.
I also love this avocado smoothie for its taste; it’s so creamy, almost as if I’ve added some ice cream or cream to it. Seriously. All you vegans out there are probably nodding your heads sagely and thinking of all those times you have in fact used avocado in place of real cream. Aren’t you?
This avocado smoothie is full of vitamins, minerals, fibre and good fat. Don’t let the high fat content and calories scare you though, it’s all good stuff. Without getting too technical, avocados are high in oleic acid, also known as Omega-9, which in layman’s term is the good fat mentioned earlier, just like fish oil, which is Omega-3. It’s good for your heart, it’s good for your arteries, it’s good for metabolism; you get the picture – it’s good for you!
What about the calories, I hear you ask, because let’s face it, that’s a whole lot of calories in a single glass. I consume this avocado smoothie as a post workout drink, with some added protein powder. I have 2 intensive gym workouts a week that last about 2 hours, during which time I probably burn about 500 calories. So ingesting calories is the last thing I’m worried about, if anything, I need to replace them.
If it’s consumed on a light workout day, I tend to have it as a meal replacement, which it really is perfect for. It gives me what I need in terms of nutrition and it fills me up for a long time after.
So if you are counting calories, this would be perfect for you as lunch, it’s not going to be weighing your system down and lulling you to sleep like the usual carb heavy lunches. If you replace the milk with water, you are cutting down on those calories even further.
Don’t really fancy avocado? Well, let me assure you, you can hardly taste it, it’s just there in the background, chilling away despite doing some seriously healthy jiving. And if you add a teaspoon of honey into this avocado smoothie, it disappears even more into obscurity.
And for all my readers around the world who observe Ramadan, which starts this weekend, I promised you some nutritious and easy to make recipes for suhur (sehri) and iftar, so here we go. This is good for both, especially at suhur, when you don’t always have the appetite for anything substantial. I hope this becomes a regular for you.
Do you like avocados? What’s your favourite way with them?
A creamy, super nutritious avocado, banana and spinach smoothie.
- 125ml (1/2 cup) semi-skimmed milk (or milk of your choice)
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 ripe banana
- 30g (1oz) fresh spinach leaves
- Place everything in a blender and blend to a smooth consistency and enjoy!