Avocado is one of my favourite ingredients. This wonderfruit is an incredibly rich source of vitamin E, which gives your skin an amazing glow, fights signs of aging, lowers cholesterol and boosts the immune system. I try to eat at least half of an avocado every day, and I notice the difference when I’m on an “avocado high”: stable energy, better focus, and of course, shiny hair and better skin, which is not so bad either, right?
I’ve been learning to love avocado by using it in many different ways: in a classic guacamole, sliced in veggie burgers (it gives them a heavely buttery touch), as avocado toast for a super healthy power breakfast, chopped in all kinds of salads for a little boost, as a replacement for mayo in summery pasta salads like this one…. But one thing I hadn’t tried before was to include it in a smoothie, and actually use it as a replacement for banana, which is usually the main ingredient used to make a smoothie, well…SMOOTH!
I’ve tried many different smoothie recipes, especially green ones, but there’s one thing that really put me off and made me rather choose juices to get some green fuel. Most smoothies, especially those using banana, where too heavy for me and I didn’t quite understand why. But when I tried this recipe, everything changed. It might sound weird putting an avocado in a drink, and I was also skeptical about it, but I LOVED IT, and had to share. Combined with tropical mango, tangy citrus flavours and refreshing mint, it’s the ideal light green smoothie for summer mornings. I make it around 3 times per week, pour it in a huge jug just for me and feel blissful and energised after each and every sip!
Ingredients (for 2 people, or for 1 crazy health junkie!)
- 1/2 large mango
- 1/2 stalk celery
- 60g cucumber
- 30g spinach
- 2 sprigs of fresh mint
- 1/2 avocado
- Juice of 2 limes
- Juice of 2 oranges
- 230ml water
- 2 tsp spirulina
Simply put all the ingredients into a blender and blend until completely smooth. This smoothie is best drunk straight away, but you can always put it in a jar and take it out with you to drink as soon as you can during the day! …and fly!
Credits: Photos by David Mourato.