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This Creamy Avocado Smoothie Is a Delicious Way to Help Your Heart — and Waistline

This creamy avocado banana smoothie is "the perfect natural pick-me-up," says Rich Goldstein, owner of the Natural Epicurean Academy of Culinary Arts. It's also a delicious way to protect your heart: the monosaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) in avocados and potassium in bananas all offer cardiovascular support, while cinnamon can help lower LDL cholesterol levels. Even better if you're watching your waistline: MUFAs have been shown to target belly fat, so sipping on this frosty low-calorie smoothie when the temperatures rise is a good idea.

Enjoy this creamy, dairy-free smoothie in the morning for breakfast or as part of a cooling lunch.

Avocado Banana Smoothie

Chef Mark Bailey

This Creamy Avocado Smoothie Is a Delicious Way to Help Your Heart — and Waistline

Ingredients

  1. 3 ripe bananas
  2. 500ml coconut water
  3. 1/2 avocado, mashed
  4. 2 tablespoons honey
  5. 12 ice cubes
  6. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  7. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  8. Dash of salt
  9. Banana slices and crushed almonds for topping (optional)

Directions

  1. In a blender, combine bananas and coconut water. Puree until smooth.
  2. Add the following 6 ingredients, and continue to blend until smooth.
  3. Serve in frozen mug or glass. Top with banana and crushed nuts, if desired.


Source: Calorie Count

Nutrition

Calories per serving
272
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