How to Prepare a Banana Smoothie with Spinach and Avocado
Talk about raw diet and definitely the banana and avocado smoothie pops up as one of the most nutritious of all. This smoothie ranks among the best healthy drink ideas of this era. Why do people prefer raw diet to cooked foods? It is not nuclear science but a simple fact of nutritional value. Raw foods are the healthiest and most natural sources of vital nutritional elements. Most of us do not know the value of raw diet simple because we have never tried one and we are too addicted to the junky fast foods that add too much cholesterol to our bodies.
Today we shall be looking at how to prepare a banana smoothie with spinach and avocado. Before we jump onto that, what do you know of avocado and its nutritional value? When experimenting with various healthy drink ideas we have all tried some blended fruit juice right? Because we all know blended juice contains a lot of nutritional value. What about cabbage juice? Sounds unfamiliar I am sure, but try it too someday if you want to get rid of your constant ulcer problems. But who is talking about banana and avocado smoothie? Probably plenty of dietitians have come up with these healthy drink ideas, you just aren’t paying attention to the right stuff.
A banana and avocado smoothie with spinach is one of the most resources sources of nutrients you will come across. According to the George Metaljan Foundation, a non-profit organization, avocado ranks among the top healthiest foods in the world. For a moment assume you are in a science class and the topic is on nutrition and healthy drink ideas. You must recall that healthy foods provide you with carotenoids. But again for faster absorption of carotenoids, you need to supplement your intake with fats. This is where it gets better; bananas contain a lot of carotenoids. How about avocado? You guessed right, avocado, not only do they contain a higher amount of carotenoids but they also come with plenty of natural fats. It is said that a single cup of avocado contains 20-25 grams of fat. Avocado in addition to facilitating carotenoid absorption, also converts beta carotene into Vitamin A.
Yes, by now you must be dying to know how to prepare a banana smoothie with spinach and avocado. First, you will need the following ingredients;
- ½ full cup of young spinach leaves
- ½ full cup of pure drinking water
- 1 ripe avocado, soft and peeled
- 2 ripe bananas
- 3 Tablespoon of honey
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- Crushed ice
These are the essential ingredients, but I know most of us like to be given choices while others just consider it pure experimenting. Well, why don’t you try the following alternatives for a change in taste;
- Instead of the vanilla extract, try using ½ cup of fresh berries of your choice. They could be strawberries or blueberries, whichever tastes better to you.
- You could also opt to use maple syrup instead of honey. If you choose the maple, I would recommend 3
- Another alternative is that instead of the simple ingredients above, you could add little extra ingredients for a much nutritious and flavored banana and avocado smoothie,
- Flax or chia seed, a tablespoon full should be adequate.
- 1 serving of protein powder. There are quite some protein powders you can choose from.
- 1 tablespoon of Maca
Procedure for blending the ingredients together.
Having put all these ingredients on your kitchen counter, you must be wondering how you will pound them so thoroughly to obtain a nice thick smoothie. Well, you will not achieve that manually, and this is where your choice of a blender gets appreciated. Strong blenders that can be used to blend dry leaves and fruits may seem the ultimate choice. However, for our recipe, all you will need is the average power fruit blender.
Add all the ingredients into your high-speed blender and ensure the contents are not full to the brim. Close the lid and power on the blender, choose the correct blending option for those blenders that have this feature. Blend for 40-55 seconds.
If there is a staggering motion as the blender attempts to mix the contents, add a little amount of water and continue blending until you achieve your desired consistency.
Serve the blended banana and avocado with spinach smoothie at any time of the day. This is more than a snappy meal but more of a treat. Try it, and you will agree with me.
For many years, since coming across this recipe in a healthy drink ideas blog, I have used the smoothie as a remedy for inflammation and as an anti-oxidant. With the emerging popularity of banana and avocado smoothie, studies into the same show that you can also use it for: weight loss, good eyes, a healthy heart, healthy bones and as an anti-cancer raw diet.
I hope you find this recipe equally useful. As always knowledge is power enlightening others is the highest form of charity so freely share this recipe.
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GUEST BLOGGER – My name is Nicole Lucas, I am the main editor of NoMealNoHealth and moreover I am a mother to an 7 year old angel, and me and my husband regularly have cook-offs in our kitchen for fun. I would love blog about healthy food/drink, tips & tricks that will help you bring happiness to your family.