Cool Off With a Frosty Avocado Banana Smoothie


This creamy avocado banana smoothie is "the perfect natural pick-me-up," says Rich Goldstein, owner of the Natural Epicurean Academy of Culinary Arts.

It's also a delicious way to protect your heart: the monosaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) in avocados and potassium in bananas all offer cardiovascular support, while cinnamon can help lower LDL cholesterol levels. Even better if you're watching your waistline: MUFAs have been shown to target belly fat, so sipping on this frosty low-calorie smoothie is always a good idea.

Enjoy this creamy, dairy-free smoothie in the morning for breakfast or as part of a delicious lunch.

Ingredients

  • 3 ripe bananas

  • 2 cups coconut water

  • 1/2 avocado, mashed

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • 12 ice cubes

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • Dash of salt

  • Banana slices and crushed almonds for topping (optional)

Directions

  • In a blender, combine bananas and coconut water. Puree until smooth.

  • Add following 6 ingredients, and continue to blend until smooth.

  • Serve in frozen mug or glass. Top with banana and crushed nuts, if desired.

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