This is a wholesome and healthy fruit smoothie that combines creamy avocado with fiber-rich bananas and tangy orange juice. Both avocado and yogurt provide a rich and creamy texture to the smoothie. Avocado contains wholesome amount of healthy fats and dietary fiber that helps to keep you satiated for a prolonged period of time aids weight loss. Yogurt provides much needed protein that helps to build and repair muscles and tissues. High level of vitamin C present in orange juice helps to provide healthy and clear skin. This filling and satiating fruit smoothie can be served as a breakfast or lunch replacement to cut out extra calories in a healthy way.
Avocados contain wholesome amount of healthy fats along with vitamin B5, folate and dietary fiber that have numerous benefits for health. Healthy unsaturated fats present in avocado nourish the brain cell membranes and improve cognitive function. Vitamin B5 promotes the production of estrogen and testosterone and supports healthy nervous system function. Folate found in avocados supports cell growth and production of DNA. Dietary fiber in avocado improves digestive and cardiovascular health. Dietary fiber also helps to regulate blood sugar levels by slowing down the release of sugar in the blood stream after a meal.
Although, orange juice does not contain as much dietary fiber as whole oranges, but they do supply wholesome amount of vitamin C, folate, potassium, phosphorus, thiamine and vitamin B6. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that protects the cells against damaging free radicals and helps to protect the skin and bones and reduces the risk of cancer and heart disease. Vitamin A found in oranges protects the eyes and reduces the risk of developing cataract and age-related macular degeneration. Calcium and phosphorus present in oranges support healthy and strong bones and teeth.
Bananas are one of the most nutritious and widely available fruits that aid weight loss in several ways. Dietary fiber present in bananas slows down digestion and increase satiety. The natural sweet taste of bananas helps to curb the afternoon sugar cravings. Soluble and insoluble fiber present in bananas also aid digestion and regularises bowel movement. High level of potassium in bananas help to maintain normal heart function, maintain normal heart rhythm and lower high blood pressure.
Yogurt provides a wholesome amount of protein to the smoothie that boosts the fat-burning process in the body and aids weight loss while building lean muscle mass. Calcium present in yogurt also aids weight loss by increasing fat breakdown in the body. Calcium and vitamin D also help to maintain strong and healthy bones and teeth and reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Probiotics (live microorganisms) present in yogurt support healthy digestion and help to treat irritable bowel syndrome and diarrhea.
Here is the recipe…
- Avocado pieces – 1 cup
- Orange juice – 1 ½ cups
- Banana – ½
- Honey – 2 tablespoons
- Yogurt – ½ cup
- Pour avocado pieces and banana slices in the blender.
- Then add raw honey, yogurt, and fresh orange juice to the blender.
- Blend all these ingredients on high speed until smooth.
- Drink this smoothie to grab all the nutritional benefits and thereby to lose your excess weight.
This is a simple and easy fruit smoothie that makes use of fresh and whole ingredients which make it suitable for kids and toddlers. This recipe can be modified to suit a vegan diet by replacing yogurt with almond milk and leaving out the honey.