It’s almost July and we’re still waiting for summer here in Vancouver, BC.
Consequently, I’m channeling the tropics in my kitchen with this lovely piňa-vocado smoothie. Perhaps if I blend it, summer will come…?
This drink has got a lot going for it – with healthy fats from the avocado, potassium from the banana, abundant vitamin C from the orange and a little extra something from the pineapple called bromelain.
The bromelain found in pineapple is extremely anti-inflammatory and helps heal the digestive tract. I chopped up my pineapple with the core included, as this is where higher concentrations of bromelain are found. When taken in supplement form, bromelain has shown to offer a wide range of benefits like reducing excessive inflammation, decreasing blood coagulation and prohibiting tumour growth.
All of the fruits here are also high in fibre, which keeps our bowels regular, assists in weight loss and helps maintain normal cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Plus, they all contain Vitamin B6, a key vitamin involved in many enzyme reactions in the body.
This smoothie was amazing – very tropical, quite thick and delightfully creamy (you might want to use a spoon to eat it). I threw in a couple of chunks of frozen mango, too, since I’ve been on a bit of a mango kick lately. If you’re concerned about the avocado, you can’t even taste it – so if you have children this might be a good way to sneak in some extra nutrients.
Has summer arrived where you live? How do you create a summery atmosphere when the weather isn’t cooperating?
This post is part of a month-long series about exploring the raw food lifestyle. With the help of holistic nutritionist Jennifer Trecartin, I’m doing a 28-day raw food healing challenge to improve my Crohn’s disease. At the end of the month, I hope to transition off my medication, which I have been taking since I was 18.
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From Cookie and Kate
½ cup orange juice
½ cup frozen pineapple
½ of an avocado
½ of a frozen banana
Water, as needed (you could also use almond or coconut milk)
Blend and enjoy! Serves one. Garnish with unsweetened coconut flakes and a lime wedge, if desired.