By Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.C.N., C.N.S., C.B.T.
This creamy and filling smoothie is a delicious and nutritious way to start your morning! Avocado is not only satiating due to its healthy monounsaturated fat content, but it is loaded with antioxidants like glutathione and vitamin E to help protect against degenerative aging and disease. To boot, avocado assists in the absorption of beta-carotene and lutein, health-promoting carotenoids found in spinach. Spinach is also a good source of vitamins K, A, C and B2, as well as and folate, magnesium, calcium and potassium. In addition to providing sharp flavor, fresh ginger acts anti-inflammatory agent as well as a digestive aid; it is especially helpful in combating nausea. Coconut water adds liquid, a hint of sweetness and potassium to the mix, and cucumber, as an alkaline food, helps raise blood pH (acidic blood can make us more vulnerable to illness and age-related disorders).
*Choose organic produce whenever possible*
- ½ avocado, peeled
- 1 to 2 handfuls of organic baby spinach leaves
- 1 to 2 organic apples, peeled, cored and chopped
- ½ cucumber, peeled and chopped
- ½ to 1 teaspoon peeled, chopped ginger root
- 1 to 2 cups coconut water
Puree all ingredients in blender until smooth, adding enough coconut water to reach desired consistency. Pour into 12-ounce glass and enjoy immediately! Serves 1.
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