Avocado Banana Smoothie: A Digestion, Anti-inflammatory and Prenatal Helper!
I love sharing wonderful smoothie recipes with you,
almost as much asI love drinking them!
Smoothies are fast, fun and very tasty. They also keep all the nutrients in the food, and provide you with a proper vitamin boost.
In my opinion there’s pretty much a smoothie for every occasion and any purpose. One of the reasons I love them so much is because they save me on the days when my digestion has gone through a bit of a knock, like the times I’m recovering from a glutening. Quite often I can’t stand the idea of solid food for a while, especially in the mornings, and a smoothie is just the way to go. I get everything I need, and I don’t have to push my body too far in terms of digestion.
I have posted a few smoothie recipes earlier, that all suit different health purposes, like the Soothie Smoothie that gives your gut a helping hand after you’ve been exposed to gluten, or the Orange Julius which helps your brainfog.
Today I want to introduce you to a favourite of mine; the Avocado Banana Smoothie! With it’s anti-inflammatory qualities and it’s high levels of folate, it makes for a fantastic recovery smoothie as well as the perfect prenatal food supplement!
This smoothie is more of a meal than a snack, as it will fill you up. It will also however fill up your deposits of many essential vitamins and minerals!
Boasting an incredible 843 mg potassium, and covering 41% of your recommended daily amount of folate, this smoothie really makes value of every single calorie! Folate and folic acid is absolutely essential for women who want to get/are pregnant, as it is necessary for the healthy development of the baby (What is folic acid?).
Avocado also contains about 3 times more lutein than other common vegetables and fruits. Lutein helps protect against certain types of cancer, and reduces the risk of macular degeneration. As if that wasn’t enough, this smoothie will give you a whopping 130 mg calcium and over 16 grams of protein!
Top top it off, just look at these fantastic benefits for your digestion by the banana alone (source):
1. Rich in pectin, bananas aid digestion and gently remove toxins and
heavy metals from the body
2. Bananas act as a prebiotic, stimulating the growth of friendly bacteria in
the bowel. They also produce digestive enzymes to assist in absorbing
3. High fiber in bananas can help normalize bowel motility, as well as soothe the digestive tract and help
restore lost electrolytes after diarrhea.
4. Bananas are a natural antacid, providing relief from acid reflux,
heartburn and GERD
5. Bananas are the only raw fruit that can be consumed without distress to
relieve stomach ulcers by coating the lining of the stomach against
I could go on and on about the nutritional benefits of this fantastic smoothie, but I wouldn’t be telling the whole truth if I left out the greatest reason to love it; namely the smooth, creamy and yummy flavour! It is so delicious you’ll forget how healthy it is!
For one smoothie you’ll need:
- 1 Medium Avocado, soft and peeled (halve portion for lowFODMAP)
- 1 Banana
- ½ Cup Natural yogurt (Greek, dairy-free or otherwise unsweetened)
- 1 Cup unsweetened almond milk/ soy milk/ rice milk or similar
- 1 tsp natural (organic) Vanilla extract
- 3 tsp Maple Syrup (or honey if you prefer)
- Ice Cubes or crushed ice
Simply pop it all in the blender and give it a good twirl!
I like to have mine on the go, with a couple of extra ice cubes in a thermo-cup. It feels more like a treat than a breakfast!