Avocado, Pineapple & Mixed Berry Breakfast Smoothie Recipe
This mouth-watering smoothie is an ideal breakfast option and will keep you feeling satiated for a few hours.
1/2 an Avocado: many people who are trying to lose weight tend to stay away from avocados because they are known to be high in fat. However studies have found that these delicious fruits can actually help your weight loss efforts. One of the reasons for this is thought to be because of their fiber content; half an avocado provides you with 25% of your daily requirement. Fibre keeps you filling full for longer, thereby curbing hunger and preventing overeating. It also reduces levels of bad cholesterol.
1/2 a cup of Frozen Pineapple: vitamin C is often associated with oranges & lemons, however there are many other fruits & vegetables that contain large amounts of it. The pineapple is one of them and half a cup provides you with around 65% of your daily requirement. One study found that being deficient in vitamin C can hinder fat oxidation during exercise. This is why it is important to make sure you include a wide range of vitamin rich foods in your diet.
1 cup of Kale: alongside blueberries, kale has got to be one of the top foods that is associated with health. It is rich in vitamins A, C & K, and minerals such as potassium, manganese and calcium. Additionally, it contains the antioxidants quercetin and kaempferol. Eating kale could reduce risk of heart disease, prevent cancer and improve your vision. In place of kale you can also use Swiss chard, spinach or collard greens. All of these leafy green vegetables have fewer than 50 calories per cup!
1/2 a cup of Mixed Frozen Berries: berries are nature’s candy and taste wonderful in smoothies, especially when they are frozen beforehand. They each have their own unique flavours and aromas, which makes smoothies that much more delectable. Berries that go well in smoothies include strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries & cranberries. All of them contain very few calories and are loaded with nutrients.
1 cup of Almond Milk: you can use a wide range of liquids in smoothies, including ordinary water, coconut water and vegetable juice. Nut milks such as almond milk are a great alternative to ordinary cow’s milk, which a fair number of people don’t tolerate well. You can either make your own fresh almond milk at home or buy it from your local grocery store. Just make sure there is no added sugar if you go with the latter option.
1 tablespoon of Chia Seeds: whilst chia seeds won’t help you to magically melt off pounds of fat overnight, they might help to reduce your appetite ever so slightly, thanks to their fiber & protein content. Additionally, when they are mixed with water, they form a thick gel which adds bulk in your stomach. Nuts & seeds such as almonds, pecans, walnuts, flax seeds and pumpkin seeds are all rich in protein & fiber and can be part of a weight loss diet when eaten in moderation.
You will need a good blender to make the smoothie. If you don’t already have one, read this review on the best smoothie blenders available on the market before making a purchase.
To prepare, pour the almond milk into your blender jug and then add in the other ingredients. Process until everything is well mixed. If you are looking for even more weight loss smoothie recipe ideas, try out some of these.