Banana and avocado? They’re actually a match made in heaven when it comes to getting a wallop of nutrients. By pairing the banana with the healthy fats of the avocado, you are going to slow down the absorption of sugar in your bloodstream. What this means for you is more sustained energy, without the draining spike and drop of blood sugar. 

I prefer to use bananas that are going brown, since they are a bit sweeter and easier on your digestion. This recipe is low glycemic, and you can make it even lower in sugar by using half a banana (instead of a whole).

By adding healthy protein to your smoothie you can call this a complete breakfast, with the three important components to a complete meal: Fat, Fiber, and Protein. Without Fat, Fiber, and Protein, you may find that your smoothie leaves you hungry an hour later. Two proteins that I love are: Hemp Protein (you can even get this at Trader Joe’s), and clean sources of whey protein without all the added junk– I love this one through TLS— Transitions Lifestyles System.

The coconut milk I prefer is the Whole Foods 365 Days full-fat Coconut Milk. Shake this up to mix the coconut cream with the coconut water. Don’t be afraid of these fats! They will keep you fuller longer, and away from the need to snack. 

You can add any types of greens, but my preferred smoothie greens are the mixed field greens– you get a variety of nutrients, they are a gentler taste, and easier on the digestion. Start with a few if you are new to greens in the smoothie, and add more as you adapt to the taste over time. You likely won’t even taste them in there with just a handful.

The cacao will give you a zing of energy and chocolatey taste.

You can save any extra for a mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack!

11148761_10100436770230788_336491818781932626_nIngredients:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/4 ripe avocado
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 2-4 T protein powder (or one packet TLS Whey Protein)
  • 1-2 handfuls of mixed greens
  • 1-2 T cacao (raw cocoa)
  • Few drops Stevia (optional)
  • Water to consistency of choice (Start with 1/2 cup and add from there)
  • 4 ice cubes (unless you used frozen banana!)

Directions:

  1. Combine ingredients in blender.
  2. Start with a 1/2 cup of water and add additional water if necessary.
  3. Pour into a glass and drink slowly– try chewing your smoothie before swallowing for optimal digestion!
  4. Save extra in an enclosed container for a snack.

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