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.
- ½ avocado
- 1 cup grapes (I use green to keep the colour green, but use whichever colour you like!)
- 1 small handful spinach
- 2 large leaves fresh basil
- 1 tbsp ground flaxseeds
- water to desired consistency
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
Wishing you the happiest of summer smoothie-ing. xo Andrea
p.s. I’m drinking one right now.