SUPER SMOOTHIES – AVOCADO DREAM

Oh happy Saturday! The day of the week when you can actually spend more than 6 minutes total assembling and consuming your breakfast. Today, we welcome smoothie guru Christine Joos back into the fold with her aptly named avocado dream. Try it for breakfast, lunch or even to quell those 4pm munchies….

With its powerfully nourishing ingredients, this smoothie is a virtual energy-and-beauty-boosting machine. It’s perfect for that I-need-an-afternoon-pick-me-up-sweetness craving and will keep you satisfied for longer than a bar of Galaxy, honest. I’ve been enjoying avocados for a very long time: in salads, as a spread, as guacamole, in Mexican dishes but I just couldn’t imagine how avocados could ever taste good in a smoothie? How wrong I was! The combination with sweet fruit is surprisingly harmonious, the silky, creamy texture − a perfect dream 🙂

Here are some of their delicious health benefits: They’re high in monounsaturated oleic acid – great for a healthy heart. Loaded with fiber, they’re beneficial for your digestion too. Their high content of healthy fats can help maintain a balanced body weight. How? Avocados are full of mono- and polyunsaturated fatty acids (which are very different from saturated fats) that keep you full and satiated and curb cravings. The high amount of folate makes them a feel-good food: folate supports the production of the happy-hormones serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, which in addition to mood, play a role in regulating sleep and appetite, too.

Beautiful skin is another side effect – apart from the benefits above, the monounsaturated fatty acids have an amazing moisturising capacity so add these to your diet if you suffer with dry skin conditions. Avocados are also a great source of antioxidant carotenoids like alpha carotene, beta-carotene, beta cryptoxanthin, zeaxanthin and lutein and they’re stacked with vitamin C and E. As well as having strong antioxidant properties, vitamin C is necessary for the creation of elastin and collagen, which maintain the firmness and structure of our skin cells. Vitamin E assists in preventing free radical damage from oxidizing fats in the cells that lead to skin ageing. Vitamin E has also been attributed to reducing the effects of UVA and UVB radiation from sun exposure, although you absolutely must still wear SPF.

And now for the other tasty ingredients: Cinnamon makes everything taste like Christmas or a desert. This wonderful spice helps to control blood sugar levels and therefore keeps cravings at bay, too. There’s a lot less hype around them and they’re a lot cheaper than chia seeds, yet linseeds are equally good for us. 1-2 tablespoons a day are helpful for digestion, balancing hormones and with a mega high amount of Omega 3 fatty acids, they help to keep your brain, heart, joints and immune system fit and healthy.

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  • 1 avocado
  • 1 banana
  • 1 persimmon fruit
  • 1 orange
  • 1 mango
  • 1 tbsp linseed
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 almonds
  • raspberry or other berry (optional)

LL_miniheaders_METHOD_620 Peel the banana, persimmon, orange, mango and avocado and remove stones. Blend with the linseeds until smooth. Pour into glass and top with chopped almonds. cinnamon and berry to garnish. To satisfy very sweet tooth, add coconut sugar, honey or your preferred sweetener to taste.

 

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Christine Joos, aka @london_yogini, is a designer, smoothie alchemist, yoga teacher and mum who lives in North London. She’s a passionate yogini who believes in the transformative power of nutrition. As well as posting her wellbeing inspo here, you can also find her flexing her creative muscles for brands like ASOS, Virgin and Adidas.