This creamy avocado banana smoothie is “the perfect natural pick-me-up|” says Rich Goldstein| owner of the Natural Epicurean Academy of Culinary Arts. It’s also a delicious way to protect your heart: the monosaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) in avocados and potassium in bananas all offer cardiovascular support| while cinnamon can help lower LDL cholesterol levels. Even better if you’re watching your waistline: MUFAs have been shown to target belly fat| so sipping on this frosty low-calorie smoothie when the temperatures rise is a good idea.
Enjoy this creamy| dairy-free smoothie in the morning for breakfast or as part of a cooling lunch.
3 ripe bananas2 cups coconut water1/2 avocado| mashed2 tablespoons honey12 ice cubes1 teaspoon ground cinnamon1 teaspoon vanilla extractDash of saltBanana slices and crushed almonds for topping (optional)