Antioxidants in the blueberries, calcium, and “good fats” in the avocado and almonds, this is quick to prepare (and portable.) Adapted from a recipe in Best Health magazine.
1 ripe avocado, peeled and pit removed and cut into pieces
2 c. low fat plain yogurt
juice from 1/2 lime (optional)
3 T. honey or sugar
1 1/3 c. frozen blueberries
1/4 c. sliced almonds (or almond butter)
1/3 c. milk
Note – I tried it with peanut butter instead of almond or almond butter and found peanut butter to be too strong and it overpowered the smoothie. It tasted like I was drinking peanut butter.
Blend together until smooth. Makes 4, 8 ounce servings. (Note – one of my “recipe tasters” didn’t think it would be enough by itself for breakfast – see Debbie’s comment below and my reply.)
Can raise antioxidant levels n the blood, according to a study conducted by the University of California, who gave subjects 4 T. of honey a day and measured the antioxidant levels throughout the study.
The quality of the honey and how much it has been processed (heat kills certain beneficial properties of honey) seems to be important; raw honey has more nutrients than processed.
Topically, honey can be used to heal burns more effectively than traditional treatments, according to a small study conducted in India.
Kiwi Strawberry Smoothie
1 kiwi, peeled
10 -15 frozen strawberries
1/2 c. honey
1/2 c. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
If the strawberries are fresh, add about 1/2 c. of ice.