Smoothies are great for those quick meals like breakfast or afternoon tea, when you don’t have much time or you are just too hungry to think on your feet and just need something NOW. I love high fat smoothies in any colour, especially green, but today’s smoothie turned out to be beautifully deep purple. Which to me usually says high in antioxidants.
Antioxidants are one of the most popular nutrition buzzwords (maybe after detox these days). They do deserve to be mentioned though because they fight signs of ageing, inflammation, cancer and they can even help you lose weight. But when it comes to antioxidants, certain foods like blueberries, pomegranate, cinnamon and turmeric gets all the attention. Few of us actually know that avocados are also full of an antioxidant called polyphenols. Even better, coconut milk also contains antioxidants according to some sources. So my dark purple smoothie today was full of triple antioxidant goodness. All I put in mine, was;
A handful frozen blueberries, half an avocado and about 120ml coconut cream (more or less depending on how thick you like your smoothie). Then just whizz it up in a blender and enjoy. It’s a full meal!
You can basically add whatever else you like to this smoothie too, such as spinach (I was out today, sadly), nuts, flaxseeds, chia seeds, any greens and vegetables you like, swap coconut milk for yoghurt or dairy milk or even coconut water. A great idea is to add protein powder and even probiotic powder for extra tummy goodness. Your imagination is the only thing stopping you.
If you struggle with sweet cravings, having a smoothie like this, with a little sweetness from blueberries (or other berries) will help settle the craving, without giving you a massive blood sugar rush that usually leaves you feeling tired and wanting more after half an hour. A smoothie full in fat like this one will satisfy your hunger and make you so full that you will no longer remember you wanted something sweet in the first place. Perfect snack if you are doing the No Sweets For Six Weeks challenge. Enjoy.
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