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Healthy Spinach Avocado Smoothie
Low Carb Spinach Smoothie With Avocado Oil
We combine spinach, banana, yogurt, and avocado oil to make a tasty low-carb smoothie that is great for antioxidant absorption. The only carbs you're adding in here is the natural sugar in the banana and some from the yogurt, depending on which type you choose. The banana and yogurt give the makes the smoothie creamy and the spinach and avocado oil add in the health benefits. Scroll down to find out how to make it!
Smoothie Recipe Ingredients
Ingredients for Two 12oz Smoothies
- 2 tablespoons avocado oil
- 1/2 cups plain yogurt., fat level is up to you
- 1 whole medium banana, peeled
- 12 oz cold water, you'll add in more in step 3
- 2 cups spinach, not compressed or packed down
Make Avocado Spinach Smoothie
- Combine ingredients in a blender or smoothie maker with at least 24 oz of capacity.
- Blend until smooth. Make sure it runs until you don't see little chunks of spinach.
- Open up the blender or smoothie maker and add water so the total liquid is 24oz and reblend.
- Pour into 2 glasses and serve! Or drink one now and save the other for an afternoon snack.
If you want to tweak the creaminess of this recipe, you can adjust the amount and type of yogurt you put in. Obviously a heavier yogurt will make the drink thicker and more filling. Leaving it out altogether and adding in water to make up the volume will give you a drink that is closer to a juice than a smoothie.
Some of the spinach can be swapped out for kale or arugula depending on your tastes.
If you're looking for another flavor with your vegetables, try playing with adding in parsley and black pepper. You'll need more black pepper than you think, but be sure to add a little at a time and taste as you go. It's not something you want to overdo!
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Where to Buy Avocado Oil?
Avocado oil has yet to become as popular as coconut oil, so most grocery stores will not regularly carry it. You can always find it in a natural grocery like Whole Foods, Sprouts, and Vitamin Cottage, although it tends to be just a little bit more expensive. Ordering it online is a good way to get a slightly better deal than a natural grocery. Surplus stores like TJ Maxx and Ross will occasionally have it in the their novelty foods section if you're lucky. I use La Tourangelle Avocado Oil because it's available almost everywhere and occasionally pops up at TJ Maxx for less than Amazon!
What Are the Health Benefits of Avocado Oil?
Avocado oil is the pressed oil from the avocado fruit. Vitamin E from the oil is good for your skin and hair but it also being used more in the beauty world in natural skin creams and hair products. It is most commonly used in the health world for high temperature cooking and to make unique dressings.
But today we're putting it in a smoothie. Why? Oil from an avocado is high in fat like you'd expect, especially mono-unsaturated fatty acids. Which makes it healthy for the same reasons as olive oil, although you probably don't want olive oil in a smoothie. Aside from heart healthy fats, avocado oil is rare in its ability to break down carotene so they can be absorbed by the body. That's why we're combining it with spinach to get a delicious antioxidant blend in a glass!
Use Avocado Oil in Any Vegetable Smoothie
Adding Avocado Oil to Your Smoothies
Adding in avocado oil to your favorite veggie smoothie or juice gives it a boost of antioxidant absorption and makes it more filling. The flavor that one serving of avocado oil adds is subtle and blends well with the other veggies. Whole avocados are great for smoothies by themselves but if you don't have an "avo" on hand or just want a quick addition of their benefits then the oil is the way to go.
Don't forgot it's an oil so you don't need a lot. 1 tbsp is 120 calories and that's enough for a one serving smoothie.
Smoothies For Getting Energy in a Low Carb Diet
Drinking a smoothie like this one that uses avocado oil is an easy and yummy way to work vegetables into a satisfying snack that lets you stick to a low carb diet. There's no extra sugar in this drink so you won't crash later if you reach for it instead of caffeine or sugar filled drinks for an afternoon energy boost.
Spinach is full of vitamins you need for energy every day. The avocado oil has the fat and the yogurt has the protein to give you a level energy throughout the day.
Rate Avocado Oil Smoothie Recipe
Have you made a smoothie with avocado oil? Do you use avocado oil for cooking? Are there any skin or hair care uses you would recommend?