Thursday, November 6, 2014

Peanut Butter Avocado Smoothie for Williams-Sonoma Smoothie Week

It's Smoothie Week!  I don't know about yours, but my kids love smoothies!  I grew up on them! This was before you could find a smoothie shop in every food court. Our typical smoothies are a base of juice or milk and then filled with as many fruits that we have on hand.

When Williams-Sonoma contacted me to be part of their Not Your Typical Smoothie Challenge, I started thinking about what fruit I hadn't used before.  The avocado has a high nutrient content, making it quite healthy.  They are loaded with nutrients, healthy fatty acids, fiber, and antioxidants. They may also lower cholesterol, prevent cancer, relieve symptoms of arthritis, and even help you lose weight.  This makes it the perfect fruit to add to our smoothie, not to mention the added creaminess it adds to the texture.  My other favorite ingredient?  Frozen bananas.  Whenever I see our bananas getting just a tad bit too ripe, I peel them, wrap them in plastic wrap and pop them in the freezer.  When you are ready to make your smoothie, just break off what you need and add them to the blender.  They make your smoothie thicker and cold, without having to add ice.

A smoothie is best when you can add a bit of protein to keep your energy up.  I love drinking smoothies for breakfast or an afternoon pick me up snack.  Peanut butter is a great way to add protein and keep you fuller longer.  If you have a personal blender, it is the perfect snack to make to bring on the go!  Looking for a new blender?  Williams-Sonoma has a great selection.

Peanut Butter Avocado Smoothie
by Love Bug Living
Serves 1

1 c. milk  (or milk substitute)
1/2 small avocado
1/2 frozen banana
2 T peanut butter (or 1 heaping scoop!)
Handful of chocolate chips (optional)

Add your milk, avocado, banana, and peanut butter to your blender and mix until smooth.  Toss your chocolate chips and pulse until blended.  Pour into a glass and serve.  Enjoy!

Disclosure:  This is not a sponsored post.  All opinions are my own.

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