Growing up, there were no blueberries in the tropics. But there sure wasn’t a shortage of creamy, larger-than-your-fist avocados. Or bananas, for that matter. I eat healthy fats religiously, and I credit them for helping me get back to health. [Fat does not make you “fat”.] The moment I read that, my approach towards nutrition as a whole changed radically. Goodbye “low-fat” chemically laden processed products and hello grass fed butter, bananas, peanut butter & coconut oil. You read that right; give me ALL the fats! Healthy ones, of course.
I really want to highlight that I’m not a dietitian or registered wholistic nutritionist; or hold any other nutritional designations. I often get emails where am asked if I can design personalized meal plans or give out nutritional information per recipe. Folks, I stopped counting calories altogether in the summer of 2013. I count nutrients and avoid chemicals. I eat whole, unprocessed foods that nourish and strengthen my body.
In fact, until recently, I used to work full-time as a business analyst. Yep, I have a thing (or two) for numbers. And it sure comes in handy when looking at site analytics, but for the purpose of this entry…we’ll stick to food.;) I started learning and reading about food & nutrition a little over 2 years ago & it changed my health & life forever. The purpose of this blog is to take you on my journey and share all my findings and recipes with you.
I absolutely L-O-V-E this smoothie recipe and I’ll be drinking it most of January, and likely on February & quite possibly throughout March. Yes, I tend to get a bit “obsessive”… When I come across a new dish or drink as good as this one; I need to have it every day until I tire myself of it and then start looking for the next best thing. Does this ever happen to you guys? If not, there’s a good chance it might after trying this drink. This smoothie is dense, creamy, just the perfect level of sweetness, filling & almost milkshake-like. I often scratch my head thinking how can something so healthy & wholesome taste this good? Seriously. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
p.s. I swapped my rustic light wooden table background for a white table setting, I kind of like the contrast this backdrop creates… what do you guys think?
Blueberry, Avocado & Banana Smoothie
- 2 cups of fresh or frozen blueberries
- 1 ripe frozen banana sliced
- 1 tbsp of chia seeds for protein!
- 1/2 an avocado (peeled & pitted)
- 1/2 cup of almond or coconut milk *carrageenan free
- 1/2 cup of vanilla coconut yogurt OR vanilla greek yogurt
Blend on “high” until desired consistency is achieved. For me, that’s no longer than 25 seconds.
*I like using frozen bananas & frozen blueberries because they make for a thicker smoothie. You could also substitute the 1/2 cup of almond milk for no sugar-added pomegranate juice for a double antioxidant boost! What’s better than avocado, banana, blueberries & pomegranate in one drink? Oh, not to mention Ch Ch Chia! I add it to almost every smoothie for fiber, protein & Omega 3’s!
Smoothie de Blueberry, Aguacate y Banano
- 2 tazas de blueberries (frescas o congeladas)
- 1 banano congelado en rodajas (pelar y cortar antes de congelar)
- 1/2 aguacate (siempre sin la semilla y sin cascara)
- 1 cucharada de semillas de chia
- 1/2 taza de leche de almendras o leche de coco * sin carrageenan
- 1/2 taza de yogurt de coco (sin lácteos) o yogurt griego sabor a vainilla
En una licuadora, dejar caer todos los ingredientes y licuar en “High” hasta obtener la consistencia deseada, por lo general no menos de 25 segundos. Toda licuadora es diferente.
*Me gusta mucho usar fruta congelada para los smoothies porque les da una consistencia espesa y me recuerdan mucho a los sorbetes, milkshakes o malteadas. También pueden substituir la leche de almendra por jugo de granada (sin azúcar). Si uds consumen lácteos, no hay ningún problema usando leche normal y yogurt de vanilla en su lugar. La receta queda muy bien pues así se la preparo a mis hijos!
Este smoothie esta lleno de grasas saludables: aguacate, banano y chia que trae Omega 3. Las semillas de chia traen mucha fibra y proteína y siempre las recomiendo por su alto contenido nutricional. Espero que lo disfruten amigos!