Monday, October 31, 2011

Blueberry Banana Smoothie with Spinach, Avocado, and Walnuts


Happy Halloween, everyone! I cannot believe how the last several days have gotten away from me; I had planned to make something particularly Halloweeny for this post, but simply did not have the time. I did have the time, however, to make this really yummy and healthy smoothie. There’s no pumpkin or chocolate in it (it’s not even orange!), but it is pretty delicious and very good for you! The blueberries and spinach are full of antioxidants and vitamins, the walnuts provide a bit of protein and omega 3s, the banana adds fiber and potassium, the milk provides calcium and Vitamin D, and the avocado adds a yummy creaminess along with other health benefits (read more about the “alligator pear” HERE).

It may not be Halloween themed, but perhaps it will help combat all those Halloween treats we’ve all been consuming!

Getting Started

I love having this smoothie for breakfast or even as a quick and healthy dessert, and  it's especially helpful on those busy days when I simply don't have time to make/eat breakfast. Instead of skipping the most important meal of the day (or having to stop for something generally unhealthy), I can throw this together in a jiffy and bring it with me. It fills me up, gives me energy, and I feel great about all the nutrients I’m sucking up through my straw (you don’t even have to chew; you can’t get easier than that!)

Making it takes just minutes; simply add all of the ingredients to your blender, pulse until the big chunks are pulverized, then blend until smooth! I'm pretty sure this will make you an official smoothie professional.

Wrapping it up

Give this smoothie a try, and don’t be fooled by the spinach and avocado into thinking this smoothie won’t taste very good, because it does, trust me! For best results, make sure to drink it fairly quickly from the time it’s made.

Ingredients

1 cup frozen blueberries
1 banana, roughly cut into slices
2 cups fresh spinach (make sure to wash it really well; you don't want dirt in your smoothie!)
1 Tbs chopped walnuts
1/4 avocado
1/2 - 1 cup low fat/nonfat milk (you could also use soy milk, juice, or yogurt)

Servings:1-2 (makes about 18-24oz depending on how much liquid you put in)


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