Creamy Avocado and Cacao Smoothie
This is a smoothie I made on the weekend and put up for all my (50! Getting there...slowly but surely!) 'gram followers. I love experimenting with smoothie ingredients, and Saturday and Sunday mornings are really my only time as it can take a couple of blends to get the right combo. My kitchen cupboard is seriously overflowing with superfoods - every time I read about a new one I have to buy it - so it's just a matter of pairing the right ones together so that the end result doesn't turn into some revolting shade of green-y brown. This one is a winner.
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 cup coconut water
- 1 cup nut milk (if you're not making your own, please buy the ones with no sugar added!)
- 1 tbsp cacao powder
- 1 tsp maca powder and/or mesquite powder (if you don't have these / don't have a compulsive buying habit like yours truly, it's fine to leave these out, and perhaps just add a little more cacao)
- 1 tbsp ground flaxseeds
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp hemp seeds
- 1 tbsp raw honey (optional - I usually find that my smoothies are sweet enough as they are, but see you go)
I usually like to top my smoothies with something pretty / yummy, like cacao nibs, goji berries, shredded coconut, etc. Nice, but not necessary. The avocado and hemp seeds make this smoothie extra creamy so it's almost like a McDonald's Thick Shake... just kidding, I've obviously never had one. The last I heard they use ground up pig's hooves to make them thick. Oh.my.
This smoothie is not only a delicious breakfast (dessert?), but also it is brimming with goodness, particularly good fats and protein. I'd be writing for days if I went through each ingredient and why it's awesome for you, so I will stick to highlighting one for now: Hemp Seeds. Protein from hemp seeds is complete, meaning that it contains all 10 essential amino acids. Hemp seeds are also high in omega-3 fats which are necessary for cognitive function and play a crucial role in reducing inflammation in the body, two of their many stellar benefits. Hemp seeds can be added to anything, really. Just keep these bad boys in the fridge!