banner
alive logo
foodfamilylifestylebeautysustainabilityhealthimmunity

Basil Avocado Smoothie Packs

Makes 4 smoothies.

    Share

    Basil Avocado Smoothie Packs

    These ready-to-go frozen smoothie packs are the perfect way to keep your cool and flood your body with a bounty of nutrients. Many people overlook the punchy flavour that fresh herbs such as basil can add to frosty smoothies. This deliciously thick drink is also a good way to help your muscles recover after a spirited workout. If the frozen contents freeze together, be sure to break up the bundle before adding to blender to allow for easier blending.

    Advertisement

    Protein Power

    If you want to boost protein numbers, you can also blend in a protein powder such as organic hemp or whey.

    Advertisement

    Basil Avocado Smoothie Packs

    Ingredients

    • 2 small avocados, peeled and cubed
    • 4 cups (1 L) baby greens, such as spinach or kale
    • 1 cup (250 mL) packed fresh basil
    • 1 medium cucumber, chopped
    • 2 in (5 cm) piece fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
    • 2 bananas, peeled and roughly chopped
    • 4 cups (1 L) plain almond milk or other milk of choice
    • 2 cups (500 mL) plain yogurt
    • 1/4 cup (60 mL) hemp hearts
    • 4 tsp (20 mL) honey

    Nutrition

    Per serving:

    • calories390
    • protein15g
    • fat21g
      • saturated fat3g
      • trans fat0g
    • carbohydrates42g
      • sugars24g
      • fibre10g
    • sodium301mg

    Directions

    01

    Divide avocado, greens, basil, cucumber, ginger, and bananas evenly among 4 reusable containers or bags and freeze until solid.

    02

    When ready for a smoothie, place 1 cup (250 mL) milk, 1/2 cup (125 mL) plain yogurt, 1 Tbsp (15 mL) hemp hearts, 1 tsp (5 mL) honey, and contents of 1 smoothie pack in blender and blend until smooth. Blend in additional milk if mixture is too thick.

    Advertisement
    Ad
    Advertisement
    Advertisement

    READ THIS NEXT

    SEE MORE »
    Salmon Tacos with Red Cabbage and Orange Slaw with Lime Yogurt
    Mussels with Tomato, Saffron, and Fennel

    Mussels with Tomato, Saffron, and Fennel

    B12-rich mussels are a very good and economical source of protein and iron. Steamed mussels are a classic way to enjoy seafood—and so is this rich, aromatic broth of tomato, fennel, and saffron. Be sure to allow saffron to fully infuse to get the full flavour benefit, and finish off the dish with the fragrant fennel fronds. Sustainability status Farmed mussels are considered highly sustainable due to their low impacts on the environment. They are easy to harvest, require no fertilizer or fresh water, and don’t need to be fed externally, as they get all their nutritional requirements from their marine environment. Mussel prep Selection: Look for mussels with shiny, tightly closed shells that smell of the sea. If shells are slightly open, give them a tap. Live mussels will close immediately. Storage: Keep mussels in the fridge in a shallow pan laid on top of ice. Keep them out of water and cover with a damp cloth. Ideally, consume on the day you buy them, but within two days. They need to breathe, so never keep them in a sealed plastic bag. Cleanup: In addition to being sustainable, farmed mussels tend to require less cleaning than wild mussels. Most of the fibrous “beards” that mussels use to grip solid surfaces will have been removed before sale. But if a few remain, they’re easily dispatched: grasp the beard with your thumb and forefinger and pull it toward the hinge of the mussel and give it a tug. Afterward, give mussels a quick rinse and scrub away any areas of mud or seaweed, which, with farmed mussels, will require minimal work.