Welcome to a brand new series … called Foodie Friday in a Flash! I’ll be bringing you 2-minute videos highlighting one of my favorite foods, along with its health benefits. (Thank you all so much for the feedback on Monday’s video about what I do as a Health Coach … I’m so glad you enjoyed it, and yes, I know it was long!)
I’m kicking off the series with a feature on avocados … one of my very favorite ways to make a dish even tastier, especially during the summer. Watch the video below for the health benefits of avocados (will eating fat make you fat?), plus my top 5 ways to enjoy avocados!
I mentioned my “Summer Refresh-Mint Smoothie” in the video, and I want YOU to be able to enjoy it. It’s super easy to make, has a great nutritional balance, wonderful creaminess from the avocado, and all kinds of fresh, summer flavors. Enjoy!
Summer Refresh-Mint Smoothie
Prep Time: 3
Cook Time: 0
Keywords: blender smoothie gluten-free vegan vegetarian sugar-free vegetables protein powder avocado summer
Ingredients (1 large smoothie)
- 1 scoop Juice Plus+ Complete Vanilla protein powder (buy yours here: http://meganlyons.juiceplus.com/content/JuicePlus/en/buy/complete/juice-plus–complete-variety.html#.VJ2An7gBNKc)
- 1/2 cup cucumber
- 2 cups Romaine lettuce
- 2 sprigs mint leaves
- 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or other milk)
- 1/4 medium Hass avocado
- 1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks
- 1/2 – 1 cup ice
- 1/2 – 1 cup water
Add all ingredients to high-powered blender.
Blend until smooth, and enjoy!
The recipe contains 8g fat, 34g carbs, 17g protein.
Serving up the Avocado Love
I was given the opportunity to work with the Hass Avocado Board through my partnership with Around the Plate. I introduced two groups of people to special recipes using the natural healthy fats in Hass avocados! The first was a dance studio, where I gave my “Eating for Energy” workshop and served my Veggie-Loaded Guacamole (check it out if you haven’t yet – so good!).
The second was in one of my networking groups, where I presented about my business, gave health tips, and served two smoothies – including the Summer Refresh-Mint Smoothie from above! I know I look a little bit excited – nothing gets me amped up like talking about nutrition 🙂
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So tell me in the comments … What is your favorite way to use avocados? Which food do you want to see next for Foodie Friday in a Flash?
Oh no – you faded out at the end before finishing!
Totally love avocados … but for whatever reason no matter how many I buy, they never make it into my smoothies! haha Love your smoothie recipe – will really have to try after our next college visit tour to grab more and get them into a smoothie (we have mint in our herb garden … total weed! )
Thanks again for sharing and I love all of the pics!
That mint smoothie sounds delicious! I’m going to have to try that. Any idea how many calories are in it?
Yes, Sue, there are 246 calories. You can see the nutrition information in the little recipe plugin!
Oh I’m so sorry, I totally missed it! Thanks!
Love avocados in smoothies! It makes them so deliciously creamy! Too bad no pineapple for me… the “reds” are the one thing I’ve been good about avoiding! Mostly…
I have also made this smoothie with yellow watermelon instead of the pineapple … it also mixes well with mint and tastes very summery! Good for you for sticking to your reds for the most part !
you are too cute! we love juice plus capsules. I can’t do the protein because of soy. I’m still trying to convince them to do a brown rice protein! maybe soon
I didn’t know you guys did Juice Plus! I love that stuff. 🙂
You too? Glad you like it!
I would LOVE if Juice Plus did a brown rice protein!!! I’m not anti-soy in moderation but I agree brown rice would be more friendly to most people! I don’t take the capsules myself but recommend them to some clients who just don’t or can’t get in a broad spectrum of antioxidants and nutrients through fruits and vegetables!
I’m also obsessed with avocados but never thought of putting them into a smoothie. You do always have great ideas
Thank you, Deborah! I hope you toss in some avocado to your next smoothie!