Spinach & Avocado Smoothie

Hi, I’m Alison and I’m an Avocado addict!

It’s serious guys – I’m hooked and you should all be too.

Avocados are not only rich, creamy and buttery they are also ultra-healthy.

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 Also known as the alligator pear, avocados are the fruit of the Persea Americana, which, native to Mexico and Central America, is a large evergreen tree commonly seen at 35-40 feet tall, and although this technically classifies them as a fruit they are more often than not used as a vegetable.

…and yes, we know, avocados are fattening, but don’t let that put you off –they are full of amazing nutrients such as vitamin B6, C, E & K, dietary fibre, folic acid, iron and potassium – which ultimately makes them the best kind of fattening!

I’m still shocked at how often I eat Avocado these days as I remember at the tender age of 13 giving this fruit a try (yes, I was an adventurous child) and absolutely despising it. To make matters worse, rather than waste the fruit, I mashed it up and made it into a face mask which only went and brought me out in a bright red rash. So that was that, avocados and I just didn’t get on…

Or so I thought – fast forward 14 years and they are a staple of my diet. I find it crazy how much our taste buds mature (although I’ve not yet had the guts to retest it as a facemask!?!?).

So what can we do with avocados beside mash them on our face…?

We can mash them with eggs for a start; or try guacamole, adding them to various salads, in cakes, on top of cakes (frosting), in chocolate pudding, eaten solo and even in smoothies.  

I know ‘avocado smoothie’ sounds odd and to be honest I wasn’t entirely sold on the idea – but its that good I just had to share a recipe with you.

So first things first – picking your avocado…

Go for an avocado free of blemishes, which should give when gently squeezed (but not too easily)

Preparing your avocado…

Run a small blade around the fruit from top to bottom and twist to separate. To remove the stone stick the length of a sharp knife into it and twist it out (but be careful)

And finally making your smoothie…

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Ingredients

• 1 Frozen Banana
• ½ avocado
• 1 large handful spinach
• 1 tbsp chia seeds
• 1 tbsp honey (or any other sweetner)
• 1 cup Almond Milk

Method

• Throw all your ingredients into your blender, pulse for a minute and turn on full power until completely blended.
• Pour into your favourite glass or jar and serve – et voila!

What’s your favourite avocado recipe?  Let me know in the comments below

Love Ali x x

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