Sometimes it's good to grab a smoothie on the go if you don't have the time to enjoy breakfast.
It's breakfast smoothie time! Sometimes it's good to grab a smoothie on the go if you don't have the time to sit down and enjoy breakfast (I have two young sons, so sitting down is usually optional!).
If you've read my other posts you'll know that I'm not a fan of avocado. I used to hate it and now, well I'll eat it, but I'd rather bury it in a green smoothie to be honest!
It's also nice to mix things up with your green smoothie so I've added some raw cacao powder to this one. You don't need to add too much as it's very concentrated and not sweetened, but it does add a lovely depth to the smoothie.
Cacao powder is the raw, unprocessed form of chocolate, before the cacao beans are roasted and sugar & fats are added. It's a superfood and absolute nutrient powerhouse:
high levels of magnesium and other minerals including calcium, sulphur, iron, zinc, copper, potassium and manganese;
lots of flavonoids, which means plentiful antioxidants;
it's a Vitamin B-complex dream: B1, B2, B3, B5, B9 and vitamin E;
lots of essential heart-healthy monounsaturated fats.
Add in a good hit of protein and fibre and raw cacao is a nutritional WIN!
|1 1/2 cups frozen mixed red berries|
|1 small avocado|
|1 large handful of spinach|
|1 to 2 cups of (preferably homemade) almond milk|
|1 tbsp chia seeds|
|1/2 to 1 tbsp raw cacao powder (to taste)|
|It can be quite thick so add a little water if needed.|
And the humble avocado?:
high in monounsaturated fats, which helps lower your blood cholesterol and reduces your risk of stroke and heart disease;
naturally low in sugar;
more potassium than a banana;
rich in Vitamin K, Vitamin B5&6, Vitamin C & Vitamin E;
half your recommended amount of dietary fibre (medium avocado);
low carbohydrate fruit (most is dietary fibre);
high in antioxidants (including Lutein and Zeaxanthin), which helps eye health.
What's not to love?!
As a result, this green smoothie recipe is a low-sugar, low carbohydrate, high fibre & protein powerhouse, so it's a breakfast replacement smoothie (and mid-morning snack if I have both servings, ha!) and a brilliant way to start the day.
No time to make breakfast or smoothies before or after workouts?
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