Literally summer in a glass! With a star-studded line-up of Harmony Avs, blueberries and lemons, this powerhouse smoothie is a seasonal celebration of the pending summer. Filled to the brim with antioxidants, vitamins, monounsaturated fats, fibre and muscle-building proteins, this is a quick meal on the go for those busy days. Filling, deliciously creamy and naturally gluten-free, you can also whip up a vegan version of this smoothie.
The addition of season avs lends an indulgently creamy texture to the smoothie, contrasted with bright pops of lemon zest and chia seeds. Boost your immune system with the help of Mother Nature this summer, #TheHarmonyWay.
1 large lemon (zest and juice)
2 cups milk (you can use low-fat milk or other plant-based milk)
2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen
1 large ripe Harmony Avs (or two medium ones), diced – here I’m using the Hass, which is in season currently
1/2 cup plain yogurt (I used fat-free)
2 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp cinnamon
A squidge of honey
Fresh blueberries, to garnish
Using a grater, zest the entire peel of a large lemon. Then, juice the whole lemon, making sure to remove all pips.
Add all ingredients to a blender, starting with the liquids first.
Blend on high until smooth and creamy. Feel free to adjust flavours or amounts of liquid until desired taste/consistency is reached.
If your blender is powerful enough to process ice, you can add a few blocks of ice if you’re not using frozen ingredients. I just added a large ice block to my smoothie afterwards to chill.
You can also add your favourite protein or collagen powder to your drink, to optimise your meal!
Because of the lemon juice, your smoothie will last a couple of days in the fridge without browning. This means you can meal-prep your smoothies the day before. Pour it into sealable jars and refrigerate. Remember to shake things up before you drink it!
Feel free to use any milk or milk alternative of your liking, just try and use an unsweetened version for this recipe.
To make the recipe vegan, swap out the yoghurt with a vegan alternative. It will affect the protein levels, though, so make sure to add in a protein source.
You can use any seeds – flax seeds, pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds. The chia seeds help with the consistency and are packed with antioxidants and fibre!
And remember, even though the colour of the smoothie does not look super bright, it’s because there’s nothing artificial added – just pure, natural goodness!
Join the #HarmonyWay movement!
For more information on the #HarmonyWay movement, ZZ2 Afrikado and Harmony Avs, please visit: http://www.harmony-avs.co.za/
Also, remember to check back next week for some amazing avs recipes from The Little Kitchen!
This content piece has been created in proud collaboration with ZZ2 and Harmony Avs