Though it may not feel like it everywhere, spring is on the horizon. Depending on where you live, you might not see evidence of the tendrils of spring creeping across the land, but it’s coming! Seeds are stirring in the ground and hibernating animals are beginning to stick their noses out into the fresh air. Spring is a time of change, hope, and growth, and also the perfect time for produce! What better way to use fresh produce than to try a new vegan avocado smoothie!
How To Make the Perfect Vegan Avocado Smoothie
Use the following instructions to create a delicious, delightful smoothie that can help hydrate and nourish you as the temperatures warm.
Vegan Avocado Smoothie Ingredients
- 1 avocado
- One frozen banana
- 1 lime
- ½ cup pineapple
- 2 cups of spinach
- ¾ cup plant milk
- 2 scoops vegan protein powder
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- 8 ice cubes
- Fresh mint leaves, to taste
- Pinch of sea salt
- First, cut the avocado in half and remove the pit and skin. Place it into a blender. Add zest and juice from the lime, discarding or composting the rest.
- Add the rest of the ingredients into the blender and blend them until smooth.
- Then pour into a beverage container and enjoy!
Why The Perfect Vegan Avocado Smoothie Is So Good For You
We know this smoothie is delicious, but what makes it so healthy? Besides being vegan, this smoothie is full of beneficial ingredients that are good for your body. While we talk a lot about the health benefits of avocados, here are a few of the nutritional benefits of the other ingredients of the perfect vegan avocado smoothie.
It’s common knowledge that bananas are high in potassium, but did you know they are rife with other beneficial compounds, too? Potassium lowers the risk of stroke, decreases blood pressure, reduces the formation of kidney stones, and preserves bone mineral density. Bananas have fiber, magnesium, vitamin B6, and vitamin C as well. This fruit promotes bone growth, helps the body produce protein, helps absorb vitamins, and improves digestion.
Limes have plenty of health benefits. They contain pectin, which can help your cholesterol levels, and vitamin C, which reduces your risk of heart disease and stroke. Like bananas, limes also contain potassium. A nutrient in limes called d-limonene can relieve indigestion and even prevent cancer. The compounds beta-cryptoxanthin and hesperidin also prevent the growth of malignant tumors. Lime juice is a beneficial and delicious flavor to add to a vegan avocado smoothie.
Pineapple is high in vitamins A, B6, E, and K, calcium, folate, magnesium, zinc, potassium, and phosphorus. This fruit boosts your immune system, lowers your risk of cancer, and can help with chest pain, arthritis, diarrhea, muscle soreness, gout, and recovery from surgery or exercise, among others.
Spinach, like avocado, is a superfood in terms of beneficial nutrients. The 2 cups of spinach in the perfect vegan avocado smoothie recipe contain 200% of your daily dose of vitamin K. Vitamin K is one of the best nutrients for supporting bone health. Spinach also provides vitamin A and vitamin C, which boost your immune system and promote healthy skin. Folate and vitamin B help create red blood cells and DNA. This superfood also has iron, magnesium, potassium, and calcium.
Grow Your Ingredients
With spring on its way, now is the best time to think about growing your own healthy ingredients. That way, you can make your own perfect vegan avocado smoothie from ingredients grown in your home. If you want to grow your own avocados, consider rooting a pit with the help of the Avoseedo.