Autumn Spice Nutella, Raspberry & Avocado Smoothie

As the weather gets cooler, we’re reminded of the holidays coming up.  We all love curling up and being toasty by the fire, but it’s always better sipping on chocolate – Chocolate hazelnut butter (Nutella), raspberries, banana and avocado with cinnamon, coriander, and clove. Now, that’s how you do it!featureNutellaKMW

What you’ll need:

4 tbsp. Nutella.
½ Avocado.
1 cup of Raspberries.
2 Bananas.
2-½ cups (fluid oz.) of Low-fat Milk.
¼ tbsp. Clove.
¼ tbsp. Cinnamon.
¼ tbsp. Coriander (optional).

Blend all ingredients for about 3 minutes to make sure it is smooth. Take it a step further: After you blend it, pour it in a pot and heat or freeze it to make a decadent treat. Then, sprinkle your smoothie with shredded coconut (sweetened) or cocoa powder. NutellaRapsberryAvocadoMenuBoardJPG

NutellaAvocadoRaspberrySpiceNutInfoJPGChocolate makes us happy, which means chocolate is a part of wellness.  When you mix it with nutrient dense foods, you can’t top that!  No guilty pleasures here.nutellaKmw

What you are getting:  Healthy omega fats from avocado.  According to the Acceptable Macronutrient Distribution Range (AMDR), we need about 25% to 35% of our diet to be fats, but the healthy kinds of fats, a.k.a. monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (liquid to extremely soft at room temperature, like avocado, canola, safflower, corn, olive and fish oil).

Easy Tip:  Just use a spoon to scoop the goodness out of the avocado!

Did you know we use 30% to 70% of our energy from lipids (fats) when resting?  Our bodies need healthy fats to function.  Our cells are made of fats, so we must make sure there are no potholes or deformities in their membranes! Fats also make us feel full faster, so this smoothie will reduce hunger and is great when you don’t have a lunch break coming up soon and will keep you from eating tons of food, a.k.a. calorie hoarding.RaspberriesKMWWell, well, well, Mr. Raspberry has something to say too – Did you know that raspberries possess unique compounds that reduce inflammation in your body?  Did you know they are big antioxidant fruits, which make them great for eye health and help keep your skin look young?  Raspberries are very beneficial for us.  They even induce red blood cell production and are great for diabetics (help level out blood sugar).  And if you are a woman, raspberries help decrease the menstrual flow – Sounds like a great benefit for me!

Up your ability and toss the Swiss Miss, and go for this healthy chocolate smoothie.

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