Smoothies have become a great way to get extra fruits into our diets. This one uses avocado, which, aside from the great nutritional benefits, lends a rich and creamy mouth feel.
- 1 cup chopped ripe mango
- 1/4 Haas avocado, peeled, pitted, and chopped
- 1/2 cup mango sorbet
- 1/4 cup skim milk
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 teaspoons lime juice
- 1/4 cup crushed ice
- 2 mango slices, 1/2-inch thick
- 1 lime slice
Health Benefits of Avocado
When it comes to nutrition, avocados are in a class by themselves because of the unusually large number of benefits they offer – more than 20, last count. Loaded with fiber, one avocado contains 36% of the daily requirement of vitamin K, 30% of the folate, and 20% each of the daily requirements of pantothenic acid (vitamin B5, needed to break down carbohydrates), vitamin B6, vitamin C, and potassium – more than twice the potassium of a banana. Vitamin E, niacin, and riboflavin levels deserve honorable mention. Eaten with other foods, your body is better able to absorb the nutrients, such as alpha- and beta-carotene and lutein.
Avocado is one of the few fruits that will provide you with “good” fats. That means it can help keep your cholesterol levels already in the healthy range, and help lower your risk for heart disease.
Avocados are one of the best fruits for your health. See: The Best and Worst Vegetables to Eat