Sunday, January 23, 2011

mint and avocado smoothie

While experimenting with green smoothie recipes, I read that as long as you maintain a proportion of 60 percent fruit to 40 percent vegetables, the fruity flavors will conceal those of the vegetables. Since I often forget to incorporate a healthy dose of greens in my daily diet, I've started adding a handful of greens to all my smoothies. I've found that the 60-to-40 proportion holds true for the most part, especially if you are using more neutral greens like spinach (more potent greens like alfalfa and broccoli sprouts have proved a little trickier).

This recipe combines the detoxifying properties of spinach, avocado, and apple in a beautiful, electrifyingly green smoothie. My approach was to mask the bitterness of the spinach behind the acidity of lemon juice, the richness of avocado, and the freshness of mint, turning it into a smooth, restorative, and healthful shake.

1 cup spinach
1 apple, cored and chopped
1/2 cup of frozen mango
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 an avocado
a handful of mint leaves
1 tsp flax (optional)
1/4 cup water

Combine all ingredients in a blender. If necessary, turn off the blender occasionally and use a spoon to push down the ingredients into the bottom of the blender. If you are having trouble getting a smooth consistency, feel free to add a splash of water or your favorite juice.

(serves 2)


BigAppleNosh said...

Yum! I've been wanting to try avocado in a smoothie or ice cream for a while now, this recipe sounds delish!

Kulsum said...

This is perfect. I think I shd do this when I reach home today before my avocado's GO bad!

Mirabella said...

Thanks Kulsum, I hope you like it!