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My Favourite Summer Smoothie

Posted by on Jul 4, 2013 in Breakfast, Recipes, Snacking | 9 Comments

Avocado Basil Smoothie Blog

This smoothie is my current summer favourite. It’s a delicious breakfast, and perfect for those moments when you’re in the throes of mid-afternoon hunger swoons.

I originally created this recipe for a friend’s new smoothie and juice truck business blog (they’re called Smoothe Operator – check them out!). But because her focus is on local ingredients grown in Ontario, I felt a little guilty about using avocado. So into the recipe vault it went, and out this recipe came when the weather started to warm up.

This smoothie is anti-inflammatory, beautifying, energizing and delicious. What more could you want during this weather?

Here’s some more info on the super healthy ingredients:

  • Avocados – Avocados are a wonderful addition to smoothies. Avos keep your brain sharp and energy up, while keeping inflammation at bay (thanks to their rich supply of carotenoids and good fats). In addition, avocados will help to increase absorption of the beta-carotene contained in the spinach (below)!
  • Grapes – I’ve spoken about how important it is to keep your blood sugar balanced and grapes can help! Not only are they lower on the glycemic index, recent studies have found grapes to be beneficial for balancing blood sugar. Grapes are also a source of the touted longevity phytonutrient, resveratrol (it’s found in their skins). Be sure to buy organic grapes, as grapes are higher on the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen list.
  • Spinach – I am a huge fan of throwing spinach into most any smoothie to boost the nutrient value. Greens are super alkalizing and spinach, in particular, is a source of protein. Some new research has found that spinach may also be able to reduce inflammation in the digestive tract. Also, as I noted above, the avocado helps your body absorb the carotenoid nutrients (notably beta carotene) contained in the spinach.
  • Basil – Is there any herb more summery than basil? Basil has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, thanks to its volatile oils.
  • Flaxseeds – These guys are small seeds that help keep us full with their fibre and protein, and are anti-inflammatory thanks to their omega-3 fatty acids. Flaxseeds also contain lignans, which are polyphenols with antioxidant and phytoestrogen benefits.
Avocado Basil Smoothie
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Ingredients
  1. ½ avocado
  2. 1 cup grapes (I use green to keep the colour green, but use whichever colour you like!)
  3. 1 small handful spinach
  4. 2 large leaves fresh basil
  5. 1 tbsp ground flaxseeds
  6. water to desired consistency
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
Notes
  1. healthydelicious.ca
Healthy Delicious Toronto Nutrition http://healthydelicious.ca/v2/

Wishing you the happiest of summer smoothie-ing. xo Andrea

p.s. I’m drinking one right now.

9 Comments

  1. LFFL
    July 4, 2013

    I love a good, healthy smoothie.

    Reply
  2. Marilyn Kiewiet
    July 10, 2013

    Alas I cannot eat either avocado or bananas but would love to try some of these smoothie recipes… can you suggest substitutions?
    Thank you !

    Reply
    • Healthy Delicious
      July 10, 2013

      Hi Marilyn,

      I bet papaya would be delicious in place of the avocado, in which case you’d want to add a little more fat and protein to replace the avocado, maybe with hemp or flax seeds? And as an old standby, I love apple, kale, hemp seeds and either mint or ginger. Can you eat mangoes and coconut? If so, this one is one of my favourites: http://healthydelicious.ca/2013/03/14/andrea-on-live-with-leah/

      Hope this helps – let me know how it goes:)

      Reply
  3. Denise
    July 11, 2013

    I really didn’t like it, but I added a green apple and LOVE it now!

    Reply
    • Healthy Delicious
      July 11, 2013

      Great to hear! You’re the second person who’s tried it with green apple today. I’ll have to try it too:)

      Reply
  4. emilymarmstrong
    July 12, 2013

    This sounds great. I am just getting into green smoothies and will give this a try. Thanks! :)

    Reply
  5. rachelmeeks
    July 18, 2013

    This sounds like a green smoothie I could actually stomach! I tried a celery and cucumber based smoothie the other day and it really scared me away from the concept. :P

    Reply

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