If you’ve been following us for a while now then you’ll know we pride ourselves on several things, namely: creating and sharing recipes that are healthy, tasty, quick, vegetarian or vegan and very easy to make.
This Avocado Spinach Smoothie from Ben Greenfield – a nutrition and fitness expert, triathlon and Spartan Race competitor, as well as New York Times Bestseller – absolutely fits the bill. Why? It’s definitely quick and it’s definitely easy. It’s vegan too, which is great. And it’s SUPER healthy.
Howie loves this smoothie. He’s been eating it for days now, and adds a spot of honey and some milk (or agave nectar and soy milk to keep it vegan). That includes a small amount of sugar, sure, but he feels it’s a very fair trade to make it tasty – and to get this beast into your system.
It’s his new daily breakfast (replacing these 2 Ingredient Pancakes, for the time-being at least) and he swears it makes him feel full straight away without being drowsy and keeps him going all day long.
The avocado spinach smoothie is especially good for people who have little to no time in the morning and want to make sure they get all the important macro and micro nutrients to set them up for the day.
One serving contains around 450 calories, a big ol’ meal and (almost) enough to keep you going till lunch time. If you think it’s too much for you, just make two servings out of it.
Health Benefits – Avocado Spinach Smoothie
Ben Greenfield wrote a very insightful article about what elements an ideal breakfast should contain. In short they are:
- Choose a carbohydrate that is unrefined and unprocessed
- Add protein to increase blood levels of amino acids
- Include healthy fats
This smoothie incorporates all three. It packs high amounts of almost everything – fibre, protein, vitamins A and C, potassium, iron, calcium. It’s really a complete breakfast. See if it’s your thing.
- A good handful of kale or spinach
- 1 tbsp of fresh parsley or other herbs
- Half an avocado
- 1 tsp of real cacao powder (not the Nesquik rubbish)
- 1 tsp of cinnamon powder
- ⅓ tsp of sea salt
- 1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tbsp of walnuts or almonds
- 1 tsp of dark chocolate nibs
- 2 tsp of coconut flakes
- 100 - 200ml of water
- Half a teaspoon of honey
- 100ml of milk or soy milk
- 1 serving protein powder
- Throw everything into a blender and blend for 60 seconds. Done.