Day 2: Creamy Avoberry Love

Day one – DONE. Bring on Day 2!  Congrats to everyone for getting over the GREEN and getting into the DELICIOUSNESS of it all. You’re all glowing today 😉  Surprisingly tasty, isn’t it? And even better when you know just how good you’re doing your body with every sip.

Today’s smoothie inspiration came from a snack I made for Lily, my 9 month old, not long ago.  She was hungry, and I was short on time and ingredients, so I needed to improvise and FAST.  I threw what I could find into a blender – some banana, avocado and blueberries — and Voila.  The yummiest, creamiest, most heavenly combination was born!  My daughter Ayla wanted a taste test and asked me “Mommy, is this chocolate?  I like it!”  If your 3 year old likes it and thinks its chocolate, it’s probably a winner.  Add this tastiness to your powerful GREENS, plus some apples for good measure and you have your lovely smoothie for today.

As usual, all ingredients have been sourced from local Genevois farmers markets.  Only the freshest for Judy’s Green Smoothies!

Avoberry love

Avoberry love

Today’s smoothie: CREAMY AVOBERRY LOVE.  Here’s what’s inside:

  • Baby Spinach: The main leafy green in your drink this week, spinach is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet!  Spinach is a good source of Niacin and Zinc, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Copper, Manganese and Carotenoids.
  • Romaine lettuce: Another amazing green we can’t get enough of, a staple in your smoothies this week.  Romaine lettuce is a good source of Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Copper, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Thiamin, Folate, Iron, Potassium and Manganese.
  • Blueberries: Called a SUPERFOOD for a reason! Blueberries have one of the highest antioxidant capacities among all fruits and will help protect the body against free-radicals.  Blueberries are known to reduce inflammation, are full of health-supporting phytonutrients, and are good for your heart and your brain!  They are delicately sweet yet have a low glycemic load.  Blueberries are a great source of Dietary Fiber, and a very good source of Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Manganese.
  • Avocado: Another superfood that gives the smoothie a gorgeous creamy texture and provides a host of health benefits. Avocados are full of carotenoids, which help it aid in the absorption of antioxidants (making them a perfect combination with blueberries).  They have been shown to lower the risk of heart disease, regulate blood sugar and are a great source of healthy fats.
  • Bananas: These are in most of the smoothies we make, as they provide a creamy texture, delicious taste and really fill you up. Bananas are also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Potassium and Manganese, and a very good source of Vitamin B6.
  • Apples: Another staple in many of our smoothies for the sweet taste (with low glycemic load), loads of fibre and Vitamin C.
  • H20!

sources: nutritiondata.com;  http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=8;  http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=5

If you need any more motivation to keep on drinking your greens… here’s a quote from Dr. Lipman (integrative medicine practitioner and author of Renew & Revive)”

“The fastest way to turn your diet around? To go from not so great to almost perfect? The answer is leafy greens!” 

ENJOY YOUR SMOOTHIES!! Post your experiences, would love to hear from you 🙂