I love smoothies. They are my absolute favorite breakfast food. You don’t have to have them for breakfast, but it’s my favorite way to have them. It’s a good start to the day, and very easy to throw in some veggies. How often do you have raw veggies with your oatmeal? I would assume not very often. Plus, when I haven’t planned out breakfast one morning, I know this is something quick that my family will love.
I thought I would take some time to share with you my go-to smoothie.
I try really hard to pack my smoothies full of nutritious, delicious fruits and veggies that I wouldn’t otherwise eat. Honestly, unless it’s an apple or banana, I have a really hard time eating fruit. I have no idea why, but I do. I love the taste of most types of fruit, but there’s something about the texture that really gets to me. But I don’t want this to deter me from getting all of the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber that fruit gives me. I also struggle with getting raw veggies in my diet. Cooked vegetables I absolutely love, but raw, not so much. Raw veggies are more nutritious because they have the full nutrient content. Cooking, unfortunately, destroys some of the good stuff in the veggies. This way, if I can throw them in my smoothies, I can just drink them up without even realizing they’re there.
The first thing you’ll see in my smoothie is frozen avocado. This is actually pretty new to me. I normally hate avocados. I try so hard to like them, but it just doesn’t seem to work for me. But my son loves them. If I let him, he would eat two avocados a day. But organic avocados are relatively expensive, so I wait until they have them at Costco. Since they all get ripe at once, I decided to quarter and freeze them so then Axel could have avocados with breakfast, snack, or whenever he wanted them. But I also realized that a smoothie might be a nice way that I could sneak it in.
And boy was I right. For those picky eaters out there, you might not believe me. But when they’re all blended up, it gives the smoothie the consistency of ice cream. I didn’t know it was possible, but it made the smoothie even better. I layered them in first so then they’d be the first to get blended, and I wanted to make sure no chunks were left.
On top of the avocados I put two bananas. They help to add sweetness as well as the creamy texture.
Then the greens. Oh the greens. They go in on top, but I make sure I can stuff as many greens as possible into the blender.
On top of all of that I pour a container of organic coconut water.
Coconut water is chock full of electrolytes. I like to explain it as everything sports drinks try to be, without all of the weird ingredients and food dyes. As a side note: if you want a healthier version of a sports drink, use coconut water with a shot of raw honey. The sugar gets you going, and the electrolytes help replenish you’re energy.
This is when the first blend happens. I like to get this all blended fine so I can get in some more fruit and tasty goodness.
Next in goes the frozen mango. Oh I love mango. Again, not straight up, but mango in a smoothie is divine.
On top of that goes the pineapple. This helps with both adding the tropical flavor and liquid to help it not get too thick and stuck in the blender.
And that’s it.
It then gets poured into small mason jars with a straw.
It is so remarkably delicious you’d never guess it’s actually super healthy for you.
Now for the why:
Avocados: Avocados are chock full of good-for-you fat. Monounsaturated fat helps to prevent heart disease and stroke. It helps to reduce the bad cholesterol and increase the good cholesterol, as well as preventing constipation (Source). It also contains niacin, which is essential for the nervous and digestive systems, metabolism, and healthy skin. (Source) It also contains potassium and fiber.
Banana: Bananas contain fiber and potassium. Fiber keeps you regular and potassium is just as important. It helps your body to pull the energy out of your cells, helps to manufacture glycogen and protein, regulates fluid balance, as well as muscle contractions. Ever had a really bad muscle cramp? Eat a banana. (Source) They’re also good for preventing lung cancer, lowering blood pressure, helping with constipation, and they even help beat insomnia (Source).
Spinach: Green veggies contain manganese. Manganese is important for the normal development of bones and connective tissue, as well as the proper function of the reproductive organs. It also contains iron and fiber. (Source)
Coconut Water: Coconut water is so good for you I could go on an on. But it contains magnesium, potassium, calcium, and sodium. It also contains a plethora of B-vitamins to keep you going. It also fights the free radicals in your body that try to attack your insides. (source)
Mango: Mangoes contain beta carotene to keep your heart pumping. A serving of mango also contain half of your recommended daily amount of vitamin C (source). And, of course, fiber. Plus, it’s also just delicious.
Pineapple: Pineapple contains vitamin C, copper, manganese, and folate. It’s also the only plant source of bromelain. “Bromelain is associated with many health benefits, such as enhanced immune function, cancer prevention, improved wound healing and better gut health.” (Source)
Smoothies are a pitcher full of good-for-you deliciousness that should be consumed every day. When I start my day with something as tasty as this smoothie, I know that it’s going to be a good day.