I am printing below my all-time favourite avocado smoothie recipe which is so easy to make in a smoothie maker or blender.
Avocado is not the first fruit you would normally think of including in a smoothie but it really is delicious. One of the main health benefits of eating avocados on a regular basis is that it has been proven that doing so significantly reduces cholesterol levels – one study I read showed a decrease of 22% where avocados were consumed daily.
In fact, reading through the many health benefits that can be obtained from an avocado rich diet, I am surprised that it does not seem to have been branded a ‘superfood’ in the same way as the acai berry.
Making this avocado smoothie recipe is a great way to get an extra helping of Lutein which is very important for eye health, as well as a good amount of fiber which will help if you are choosing smoothies for weight loss.
Other health benefits from avocados include the fact that they are high in levels of potassium and folate, both are important in helping to lower blood pressure and can help in the fight against cardiovascular diseases.
On top of this, avocados contain high levels of B6, a vitamin that is necessary not only for the health of our nervous systems, but also for healthy teeth and gums. On the subject of healthy gums, research has shown that active compounds in avocados are able to destroy pre-cancerous and cancerous mouth cancer cells and destroy them without harming surrounding normal cells. The compounds in Avocados are also powerful in the prevention of prostate cancer. Avocados are also rich in antioxidants which help in the anti-aging battle and keeping our skin looking healthy.
Here is my favourite Avocado smoothie recipe
The quantities given below give two good measures of smoothie mixture. Surplus may be kept covered in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours before use if required.
1 Ripe Avocado (peeled and chopped and with stone removed)
3 small or 2 medium bananas (peeled and chopped)
8 – 10 ounces of strawberries (hulled)
½ teaspoon cardamom seeds
½ teaspoon allspice
½ cup almond milk (soy milk or even low fat dairy milk may be substituted)
4 ice cubes
Place all ingredients in the smoothie maker carafe starting with the ice cubes followed by the fruits and seeds and adding the milk until the desired consistency is achieved.
If you do not like the idea of cardamom seeds or allspice in this avocado smoothie recipe, substitute other spices and add a few of your favourite chopped nuts – walnuts are particularly nice with avocado.