Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Strawberry Avocado Smoothie

On a random note, I was perusing through foodgawker, one of my favorite sights and saw a picture of oatmeal and blueberries. One of my favorite memories of my mom making me a special yet healthy breakfast. I had to click on it and it was this description of why breakfast is so important to eat (http://blogs.babble.com/family-kitchen/2011/02/14/breakfast-club-join-in/). I think I've forgotten that. I wake up with barely enough time to brush my teeth and run out the door. I think it is time for a change. I need to get to bed earlier so I can wake up and actually eat something better than a few cheep breakfast bars. I would love it if I could spend time and eat a yummy avocado smoothie, or fruit oatmeal, or toast and yogurt.

So I decided to try an avocado/green smoothie. As I looked around at tons of recipes there were lots that looked really good. One that I liked was Enzo's Green Smoothie (http://www.kitchencorners.com/2011/02/green-smoothie-because-enzo-thought-it.html) because it didn't have dairy in it (because even though you may not have guessed I am lactose intolerant). So this one was my inspiration though its not really a lot like it. I also have watched my roommates make them a bit. There's typically didn't have avocado in them, or I don't think they did. But I remember trying it and being surprised at how tasty they were! Now, I did go through and look at some of the nutritional values for this lovely drink. I went onto nutritiondata.self.com and looked up each ingredient. I found that this drink is probably about 560 calories! So, this is something to eat on its own and is its own meal. I ate it after I got home from doing a cycling class and it felt great. I think the good thing with this is all the vitamins. If you use water instead of orange juice and cut back on some of the honey it would help also. But I was mostly going for for flavor and seeing what happened with an avocado smoothie.

So, this particular one tastes like strawberries. Its delicious! It does have a healthy flavor to it, in that its not overly sweet, but especially for breakfast this would be wonderful.

Strawberry Avocado Smoothie
Serves: 1

1/2 avocado
1 c frozen strawberries
1/2 c spinach (mine was frozen but I don't think it needs to be) 
4 baby carrots (or equivalent)
3 tbsp honey
1/2 c orange juice

      1) Blend all the ingredients together in a blender. 
      2) Add more orange juice till desired consistency. Then drink! 

Nutritional Facts: Calories about 560, Fat: all from avocado - 10.5 g, click on the links for all the vitamins and such. Cuz there are lots!
Avocado: http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/1844/2
Strawberries: http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/2066/2
Carrots: http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/3026/2
Spinach: http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2626/2
Honey: http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/sweets/5568/2
Orange Juice: http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/1973/2


Robbie and Ashlee said...

I'm glad it was yummy! ...cuz it kinda looks like snot. lol. (i love you!) it still looks better than the green smoothie I attempted awhile ago. It was definately not good, haha. yay for you! you're so adventurous!

enkianthus said...

you ARE adventurous!! I'm very skeptical about using avocados. They can be kinda slippery and weird.