Green Smoothie: Spinach, Parsley, Romaine, & Avocado


6 oz Almond Milk Unsweetened Vanilla (or Skim Milk or Coconut Milk)
1 small ripe Avocado pitted
1 cup of curly leaf Parsley - washed and dried, minus the stems
1/4 cup of frozen Spinach
1 cup of chopped Romaine Lettuce
1 cup sliced Mango or medium Apple
1/4 cup of ice (optional)

Blend and Enjoy!
I enjoyed this smoothie for breakfast. You can also consume half if you are watching your calorie intake at each meal and share the other half or freeze it for later.

~~8 oz Blue Diamond Original or Vanilla Almond Milk Unsweetened:
40 calories, 3.5g total fat, 0 sugar, 1g protein
~~Small Avocado:
289 calories, 26.7g total fat, 0.5 sugar, 3.4g protein, 11.8g fiber
~~Medium Apple:
61 calories, 0.2g total fat, 12.9g sugar, 0.3g protein, 1.7g fiber
~~1 cup sliced Mango:
107 calories, 0.4g total fat, 24.4g sugar, 0.8g protein, 3g fiber
~~1/2 cup Parsley:
22 calories, 0.2g total fat, 0.5g sugar, 1.8g protein, 2g fiber
~~1/4 cup frozen Spinach:
16 calories, 0.4g total fat, 0.25g sugar, 1.9g protein, 1.75g fiber
~~Romaine Lettuce:
10 calories, 0.0g total fat, 0.5g sugar, 0.5g protein, 1g fiber

Special Notes:
~Vegan friendly

~According to the American Heart Association, good fats are those that can lower bad cholesterol levels and are beneficial when consumed in moderation. Avocados contribute good fats to one's diet, providing 3 grams monounsaturated fat and 0.5 polyunsaturated grams fat per 1-oz. serving. Avocados are cholesterol- and sodium-free, and more than 50 percent of the fruit's fat content comes from monounsaturated fats. Research also supports the importance of improving the fat quality of the diet by choosing better fats like monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which are associated with improved blood lipids. Avocados contain both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.

~Mayo Clinic (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research) suggests changing from unhealthy to healthy eating habits as a way to help fight belly fat, including replacing saturated fats with polyunsaturated fats and increasing fruit and vegetable intake while reducing the consumption of refined carbohydrates. Avocados are a nutrient-dense fruit and a source of good fats—both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. One-fifth of a medium avocado (1 oz) has 50 calories and nearly 20 vitamins and minerals.