Thu, Dec 11, 2008
Please to enjoy Juliet & let her show us the way.
Juliet is a product manager in the bay area by day, and a food blogger by night. She has a passion for finding low calorie foods that don’t contain unhealthy ingredients (like hydrogenated oils and artificial sweeteners which can be found in many foods targeted at people trying to lose weight). Juliet admits she is not the best cook, but does her best from time to time to throw stuff together. As such, her blog features many great food finds at supermarkets, for people like her who aren’t good at cooking or are too busy to cook.
Hello everyone! First of all, thank you so much to MizFitfor allowing me to post my recipe to her fabulous blog! I recently got on an avocado kick, and I was feeling crazy one day so I decided to throw one into my blender to see what would happen. What resulted was a really thick creamy smoothie, almost like an ice cream shake. Since then, I’ve been playing around trying to make a perfect low calorie avocado smoothie. I haven’t quite reached perfection yet, but I thought I’d show you what I have, and then you could play around with your ideas as well (you may want to substitute richer ingredients depending on your calorie restrictions)! So, here is my current recipe:
Juliet’s Not Yet Perfected Avocado Smoothie (2 servings)
1/2 a small avocado (~60 grams)
1 cup of blueberries *or* 1 small frozen banana
1 cup unsweetened almond milk (my favorite is almond breeze)
2 tablespoons maple syrup (or your own favorite sweetener)
1 teaspoon nutmeg (or to taste)
1/4 cup ice if desired
If you are using a banana, make sure you peel it before you freeze it. When ready, combine all the ingredients into a blender and blend. Pour into your favorite smoothie glasses (2 servings) and refrigerate for a few hours. Drink up and enjoy!
What I love about this smoothie is that it is not only tasty, creamy, and different, but it also allows me to combine a few delicious & healthy fruits together into a yummy drink. Here’s the scoop on avocados, bananas, and blueberries from several sources that I’ve read over the years:
Avocados: Avocados contain a fatty acid (good fat, not bad fat) called “oleic acid” which is believed to help lower a person’s cholesterol, helping keep one’s heart healthy. Some studies have also shown that oleic acid may also protect against breast cancer. Avocados are also a great source of potassium, which helps regulate blood pressure, as well as vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E (an antioxidant that contributes to a healthy circulatory system).
Bananas: Bananas are a great energy source, and are believed to help regulate a person’s mood, thereby helping with anxiety, stress, etc. They are also a good natural source of fiber, protein, and potassium which is believed to help cellular growth in addition to helping to control blood pressure. Also full of antioxidants like beta-carotene, bananas help boost our immune systems, protecting our bodies from infections.
Blueberries: Blueberries are full of antioxidants which help protect against infection. They are also known to help keep skin beautiful! I’m on a blueberry kick right now — I eat them every day. Right now I buy organic frozen blueberries at Whole Foods (black packaging), which I *love* because the blueberries are extremely large but still flavorful.
I hope you enjoy making your own avocado smoothie!
Thanks Juliet! I must out myself as not a big avocado fan.
Seriously. In a big way. Few things make me gag more than the very thought of the guac. I did, however, try this smoothie (the Tornado was my taste tester. When she approved I dug my straw right in) & ADORED IT.
I didnt have any maple syrup in the house so I used agave and it turned out FANTASTIC.
Thoughts, oh Bumbling Band? Plan to try? A must miss for you? wanna throw out any add-in suggestions?
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