This is a highly nutritious and filling, containing a wholesome amount of healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber which makes it a delicious drinkable meal replacement suitable for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Other ingredients such as almonds, milk, and honey added to this smoothie boost its protein and vitamin content and also add a mellow sweetness. The soft and buttery texture of avocados provides a smooth and creamy consistency to the smoothie.
Although avocado is a high-calorie fruit, but most of the calories come from healthy fats which provide protection against heart diseases. Oleic acid, the primary fatty acid present in avocados improves cardiovascular health. Just 1 cup of avocado provides 160 mg of alpha-linolenic acid. Avocados are also a great source of protein. It contains all 18 essential amino acids that promote the formation of lean muscle mass and aids weight loss.
Avocados are a rich source of potassium that helps to reduce high blood pressure and minimize the risk of heart attack, stroke and kidney failure. High fiber content in avocado aids digestion, lowers the level of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood and aids weight loss. Powerful antioxidants in avocados protect the eyes and reduce the risk of macular degeneration and cataract.
Spinach is one of the healthiest of leafy greens that has the ability to restore energy, improve the quality of blood and enhance vitality. It is rich in iron that helps to transport oxygen throughout the body and improve energy production. It also supports DNA synthesis.
Spinach is also a potent source of vitamin K, vitamin C, folic acid, vitamin A, etc. that improves bone health, improve eyesight, support neurological functions and maintain blood pressure at a healthy level. Various phytonutrients and pigments present in spinach protect the skin from the UV rays of the sun and also reduce the risk of skin cancer.
Bananas are low-calorie fruit that adds a creamy texture and mellow sweet taste to the smoothie without adding too many empty calories. It is free from cholesterol and fat but it does contain high levels of dietary fiber which makes it highly satiating and filling. Dietary fiber helps you to feel fuller longer and supports healthy digestive system function.
Bananas contain an abundant amount of potassium that aid nerve and muscle function and lower blood pressure. Vitamin C present in bananas supports the immune system and cell health. Vitamin B6 present in bananas supports the growth of new cells. Manganese helps to maintain bone healthy and metabolism.
Almonds are energy-dense tree nuts that contain a high level of fiber along with protein, vitamin E, calcium, riboflavin, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, and iron. Healthy monounsaturated fatty acids present in almonds support heart health and reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
Vitamin E reduces inflammation on the arteries. Riboflavin and L-carnitine present in almonds prevent cognitive decline and support healthy brain function. An abundance of vitamin E in almonds nourishes the risk and prevents the appearance of the signs of aging. Healthy fats and fiber also aid weight loss by preventing overeating.
Milk not only acts as a thinning agent in this smoothie but also supplies a wholesome amount of protein, calcium, potassium, vitamin D and other nutrients that help to build healthy bones and teeth and boost the formation of lean muscle mass.
Here is the recipe…
- Avocado pieces – ½ cup
- Banana – 1
- Almonds – 5
- Honey – 1 tablespoon
- Spinach (chopped) – 1 cup
- Milk – ½ cup
- Pour spinach and banana slices into the blender.
- Then add avocado, milk, and almonds into the blender.
- Blend it on high speed until smooth and pour it into a serving glass.
- Drink this healthy green smoothie immediately to cut down your excess weight and to stay fit.
This is a healthy and wholesome smoothie containing the goodness of avocado along with leafy greens, almonds, and bananas that can help you in weight loss. The recipe can also be modified to suit diabetics by omitting honey or replacing it with Stevia.