Now that the holidays have come to an end I decided to start the new year with one of my favourite breakfasts. Partly because it is a tasty morning treat but mostly because I need the extra nutritional boost to get back into my daily routine. The reason for this is simple. Don't we all indulge a little bit during Christmas? I sure do - shamelessly. I can not stay away from all the little snacks and treats that this season has to offer. It is about time I went back to tasty, healthy and filling breakfasts and this green avocado smoothie has been a favourite of mine since years.
Most of us know by now how incredibly healthy avocados are, but not many can spot a perfect avocado. It can be quite a gamble to cut an avocado open, but it doesn't have to be. You can carefully apply pressure to your avocado with your fingertips. Perfectly ripe ones will yield ever so slightly. Unripe ones will be rock hard, if they are too soft, then you're out of luck, and it has gone off most likely. Another good and straightforward trick is to check the top of it. Just carefully remove the stem. If it is almost white underneath then you need to wait for a little longer; it should be green for perfect ripeness.
Now that you know how to pick the perfect avocado you might be stuck with another problem after making this smoothie. What to do with the other half? If you intend to use it within a day, then you can just place the avocado with its cut side onto a small plate and store it in the fridge. If you are not planning on using the other half of the avocado anytime soon, then have a look at my post on how to freeze avocados for instant use and easy portioning.
While the avocado is the star in this smoothie, you shouldn't overlook the other ingredients, especially the chia seeds. While we all have been told since very young age that spinach contains a high amount of iron there is a little fun fact about chia seeds. They contain more than twice as much iron as spinach does and those little black seeds come with a huge variety of health benefits. To read more about chia seeds go to CookingDetective.
Green Avocado Smoothie with Chia Seeds
- ½ avocado
- 1 banana frozen
- 50 g spinach raw, tightly packed if measured in cups
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- 500 ml almond milk
- 1 tablespoon agave syrup or sweeter of your preference
- ½ teaspoon vanilla essence
- Place all ingredients in a blender and process until perfectly smooth.