Ingredients (1 Serving):
1 cup spinach
1/2 cup raspberries
1/2 of an avocado
3/4 cup almond milk
1 tablespoon ground flax
1 tablespoon chia seeds
a couple ice cubes (optional)
Combine everything in a blender in the order listed above. I use a Nutri Bullet as it is great for one serving size! The spice measurements are up to you - I love cinnamon so I shake a lot of that goodness into the mix. Start with a small amount of the remaining three spices; they can be spicy or surprising! Add a little water to create desired texture because the avocado and spinach do a great job of thickening this smoothie. A couple ice cubes will help keep your smoothie cold if you're a slow drinker like me :-).
-BERRIES: Fresh or frozen berries will do the job! If buying frozen, buy organic and/or berries with no added sugar. Try different berries if you'd like - I've been loving the strawberries lately.
-AVOCADOS: Preserve the other half of the avocado by leaving the pit in and covering inner green with lime juice. Seal wrap tightly and throw it in the fridge for the next day or add it to your lunch or dinner! **How to know if an avocado is ripe: if it yields to gentle pressure. If the avocado is still quite firm, it will be ripe in a couple days. If it is mushy, it is likely over-ripened and brown on the inside. Leave avocados out at room temperature until ripe, then you can refrigerate for a couple days to slow down the ripening process.
-MILK: Don't prefer or have almond milk? Any milk will work!
-CHIA/FLAX: I buy my chia and ground flax seed in bulk on Amazon! This will save you money on these little dietary gems. Store in a cool, dry place.
-You could also add protein powder if you are going to have an extra active day.
-Great for an on-the-go breakfast day, too!
I started making this smoothie a few months ago when I was looking for a new breakfast and enjoy it every morning now! Most of the carbohydrates come from the avocado and berries but both have are low on the glycemic index which is helpful for blood sugar regulation. The glycemic index of a food indicates how much it will raise your blood sugar and how quickly. No more morning glucose spikes with this smoothie!
There is also some research to show that cinnamon helps lower blood sugar which is another reason I am liberal with its use in this recipe. Ginger has many proven health benefits as well. It can help with nausea, indigestion and morning sickness, it is an anti-inflammatory which can help with sore muscles, and can lower fasting blood sugar and cholesterol. Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects which could also help alleviate pain and is a very strong antioxidant. Researchers have been studying curcumin as a beneficial herb in cancer treatment and may decrease blood sugar as well!
Potassium. Did you know that both avocados and spinach have more potassium than bananas? The amount found in this recipe is about 40% of your daily recommended value! A large banana only contains about 12% - I love that I can get a lot of potassium without the insulin required for a silly banana. Both avocados and spinach are also considered a good source of plant-based protein. You can research and find lots of benefits flax and chia seeds, but I'll just note that they are a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids as well as fiber and plant-based protein. YUM. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do!