If it’s as cold where you live as it is here in Canada, I’m sure the last thing you want is a smoothie. Believe me though, this berry lime smoothie is worth freezing for.
If you’re like me and you sometimes crave a smoothie during winter, just make yourself cozy in a pile of blankets (maybe next to a fire place) and enjoy it.
This smoothie is the result of a mid-winter smoothie craving and tons ripe avocados that desperately needed to be used. Honestly, I’m not sure why I keep buying avocados from Costco. They’re much cheaper, but I always end up with either 6 hard avocados or 6 overly ripe avocados at the same time.
Perfectly ripe avocados, ready to use when you want them. That’s the dream, right?
This recipe is everything I love in a smoothie. It’s extremely creamy (thank you ripe avocados), it’s low in sugar and it’s packed with protein and healthy fats.
While I do enjoy a good smoothie, I don’t like the sugar crash that comes from drinking a smoothie that packs over 3 servings of fruit with no protein. Adding orange juice in a smoothie? No thank you! I can just imagine the spike in my blood sugars… Or maybe that’s just what happens when you work in a diabetes center.
Instead, this smoothie is lower in sugar (only a little over 36 grams of carbs, 8.6 grams being fiber). And that’s if you use the date. If you omit the date, that makes it closer to 18 grams of carbs. Sounds very reasonable to me. Note: I’m not at all against carbs, I just don’t believe we should be drinking a day’s worth of sugar in one serving.
Along with the fruit, this smoothie also contains avocado and flax seeds for a good dose of healthy fats. Then, instead of juice, I used soy milk for a protein-rich liquid. You can certainly replace the soy milk with coconut milk or almond milk, but you’ll end up with a low-protein smoothie. It’s up to you! Either way, you’ll have a delicious and nutritious smoothie.
Plus, it’s pink, which makes it perfect for Valentine’s Day, right?
If the color is not important to you, you can also add a good handful of greens to the smoothie. Just keep in mind that the result might not be pretty! It will taste just the same though.
This simple and creamy smoothie is low in sugar and offers protein and healthy fats. It's packed with avocado, flax seeds, berries and plant-based milk. Add a date to make it sweeter and add greens for an extra nutrient boost.
Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth.
I used soy milk for a high protein, low sugar option. Feel free to use other milks instead, preferably unsweetened. Low-fat coconut milk would be good in this smoothie.
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