Become your own smoothie king

As the weather gets progressively warmer, my summertime taste buds are starting to sprout. Every year, about this time, I transition away from heavy comfort food and instead crave lighter, healthier fare. Fruits and veggies, in particular. The availability of fresh food items is the reason I eat better during the spring and summer months. (Note: I try to eat well and balanced throughout the year, I just find it easier to do so when more produce is in season.) I like being able to swing by a farmer’s market and pick up something recently picked or prepared and enjoy it that very day versus buying frozen boxed food at the grocery store that isn’t necessarily tied to the time of year. One of my favorite things to both prepare and order when it’s hot out are smoothies. Cool and satisfying, they are good for breakfast, lunch, dinner or even a snack. Whether you want protein, vitamins, antioxidants or just something that hits the spot, there is a smoothie that will deliver. I’m very curious about this avocado smoothie recipe I found this morning:

  • 2 cups lowfat milk
  • 1 large, ripe avocado
  • 2 tablespoon honey or agave nectar
  • Ice, to taste

According to Shape magazine:

Avocados are loaded with B vitamins, which stress quickly depletes and which your body needs in order to maintain healthy nerves and brain cells. Guacamole isn’t the only way to get your avocado fix—try this Brazilian-inspired smoothie recipe, courtesy of Dr. Oz, a cardio thoracic surgeon and the host of The Dr. Oz Show.

For more smoothie ideas, check out Shape’s Top 11 Smoothie Recipes.

Additional smoothie recipes can be found at www.wholeliving.com/photogallery/smoothie-recipes.

Check out this recipe too: http://smoothiesrecipe.com/kiwi-strawberry-smoothie-recipe. Mmm it sounds as good as it looks!

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