Avocado Berry Smoothie is one of the healthiest smoothie recipes you can find. It is filled with many nutrients and also it is calorie conscious.
Spring time is already here and summer aka bikini time is just around the corner. If you are looking for a easy healthy way to maintain a balanced diet, maybe to stay in shape or to tone our body we, as usual, suggest that you make this well balanced smoothie. As cliché as it may sound, we are what we eat. Maintaining a healthy diet is always on our mind, our very core and key aspect in creating smoothies such as our Avocado Berry Smoothie.
A healthy smoothie is a great way to start the morning or it could be a great replacement for a light lunch or a quick snack during the day.
The star ingredient in this smoothie is the avocado. Studies show that avocado is a great fat burner. Who knew? Avocado reduces the blood sugar level which in turn helps the body to break down the fat. Foods that increase the blood sugar level induce the body to store fat. On the other hand, foods that decrease the blood sugar level force the body to burn fat in order to release energy. That’s why it is important to incorporate avocado and other sugar reducing foods not only in your smoothie but as a regular part of your diet.
The second vital ingredient in this smoothie is berry. Berry is a super-food that helps with burning belly fat and in general it helps losing weight faster. It is widely available, cheap, and grows all year round.
Berries have a small calorie footprint, with zero fat, cholesterol and sodium, making them a healthy addition to any weight loss program. It is proven that they prevent heart diseases, improve brain function, lower blood pressure, decrease the risk of diabetes, and prevent UTIs (urinary tract infections). Other ingredients in this smoothie include spinach and chia seeds.
When combined these elements are a force of nature rich with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and protein. They supply a healthy dose of Vitamin B6, C, E, K, manganese, copper, potassium, Iron, Zinc and more. They are also rich with antioxidants which are crucial for anti aging, neutralizing free radicals and numerous health problems.
For instance, fiber is especially important for regulating our metabolism, getting rid of waste and cleansing our body. There is about 8g of fiber in half of a large avocado, a cup of berry contains 3.6g of fiber, a cup of spinach contains 0.7g of fiber, while an ounce of chia seeds contain an impressive 10g of fiber.
Protein is not only vital for tissue building and repair, but it is also a major component in almost every cell of the body including hair and nail. Unlike the other body macronutrients (fat, carbohydrate) the body has no reservoir for protein, so making protein rich meals is great for weight loss.
Quality protein supplies the body with all the fuel it needs without storing any excess. Spinach is the lead provider of protein in this smoothie, a single cup of spinach without salt contains 5.35 grams of protein. Chia seed is a close second with 2 tbsp of chia seed containing 4 grams of protein. Avocado comes third with three servings of fresh avocado containing 3 grams of protein. Finally, a cup of berry contains 1.07 grams of protein.
Avocado Berry Smoothie
Ingredients & Equipment
• 8-12 ounce of all natural coconut water
• 1 tbsp of chia seeds
• 1 cup of organic frozen berries
• 2-3 cups of fresh spinach
• Half of a large avocado or a whole small avocado
To make the Avocado Berry Smoothie put 8 ounces of all natural coconut water into your blender, add 1 tbsp of chia seeds, 1 cup of frozen organic berries, 2 cups of spinach and half of a large avocado. Blend the combination for a full minute on high power or until it is well mixed to the right consistency.
To make a lighter smoothie add a few more ounces of coconut water to the mix. For a heavier consistency add a half or full tbsp of chia seeds. Pour the fresh Avocado Berry Smoothie into a cup and enjoy.
For some variations, you can use coconut milk, almond milk or almond-coconut milk in the place of coconut water. You can also add a ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon, 1 tbsp of honey, a scoop of protein powder, low-fat Greek yogurt, and ice to the mix.
This simple recipe is a great way to start your day with a nutrient-packed meal. It also comes in handy during the day when you need an energy boost. Sometimes you can feel drained in the afternoon if you are on a low carb diet.
Rather than having an unhealthy snack like chocolate or biscuit opt for this healthy smoothie as a way to ward off the hunger till your next meal. The idea is to get your body to work for you rather than against you when it comes to burning fat and remaining healthy.
Tips to Burn Fat for Good
- Consider weight loss as a long-term decision to improve your health rather than a short term goal. Don’t aim to lose 12 pounds in one month or have a flat tummy in 2 weeks, instead choose a healthier lifestyle in order to keep your body healthy and strong for years to come.
- A healthy lifestyle should eliminate processed foods from the diet as much as possible. Use fresh farm ingredients, drink lots of water, maintain an active way of life, and stay away from anything that wears your body down even if it is perceived as ‘good’ by experts.