Don't worry, it's still green and very good for you. This smoothie gives banana the flick and let's avocado rise to the stand as the new favourite ingredient to making your smoothie creamy and delicious. Low in sugar, high in good fats and a buzz of green to keep everyone happy.
Avocados are naturally anti-inflammatory due to their sterol content. Plant sterols act much the same as synthetic steroids however they are less detrimental to our health and can be consumed with minimal concern whilst still making a big difference. People are prescribed steroids for a number of different health issues that are driven by inflammation such as rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and asthma. For these people, having a diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods is vital to keeping their symptoms down and to inhibit the excessive use of medications.
Avocados have also been shown to assist in weight management, blood sugar regulation and to help sort your appetite out if you are getting hungry at uncalled for times during the day. This is due to the free fatty acid, oleic acid found in avocados (and olives if they're you're thing but I don't suggest them in a smoothie). It has been shown that the consumption of oleic acid leads to slower gastric emptying and an increased secretion of chemicals, CCK (Cholecystokinin) and PYY (peptide YY). CCK is required for the proper digestion of proteins and fats whereas PYY is responsible for your appetite signal to let your brain know you are full. All of those things together means your food is digested at a slower rate leading to better blood sugar control as well as allowing you to feel much more satisfied post-meal and beyond.
1/2 an avocado
2 fresh dates, pitted
1 cup of spinach
1 cup of dairy-free milk
3 ice cubes
1 tspn of vanilla essence or powder
1. Place the avocado, spinach and dates in the blender and blitz until well combined (around 1 minute)
2. Add the remainder of the ingredients and blitz again until smooth and creamy. Add more liquid if required (you can use water)
3. Pour into a bowl or cup depending on thickness and spoon-worthiness.
- add an optional serving of protein powder for an extra boost
- oat milk, rice milk, coconut milk, almond milk, coconut water - any of these will do for your milk of choice. Using a 'milkier' milk as opposed to coconut water or water adds to the creaminess of this smoothie.
- you can omit the dates and add stevia or a liquid sweetener of your choice
- you can freeze these into ice cream moulds to make a deliciously, creamy vegan ice cream pop
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