I have been using this smoothie as a snack while following the autoimmune protocol (AIP). It is pretty tasty and satisfying!
- 1 banana
- 1/2 avocado
- 1-2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/4c coconut milk
- 1c water
- 1 tbsp true or ceylon cinnamon (or 1 tsp conventional cinnamon)
Throw everything in the blender and blend for about 1 minute or until smooth. This works best if everything is room temperature as the coconut oil will get kind of hard otherwise.
This smoothie is great to have as a snack. I don't really endorse it as a breakfast option unless you eat solid food along side it because it has a full banana in it and I don't ever recommend eating sugar with breakfast, it can offset your whole day. I find that if I eat fruit with breakfast I will crave sugar all day, but some people can tolerate it better, it really depends on the person. You could always leave out the banana and substitute with lower glycemic index fruits such as berries. Adding peppermint extract instead of cinnamon also makes a very nice peppermint smoothie!
I called it the hunger control smoothie because its got lots of fats and cinnamon in it. Fats will keep you feeling satisfied a LOT longer after eating them than carbohydrates on their own will, and cinnamon is great for helping to stabilize blood sugars and control sugar cravings (that's a big one for me). If you aren't following AIP and want to try this recipe you can be a little bit more creative with it; this recipe would be very delicious with cocoa powder or vanilla flavor added (but sadly those are not AIP compliant).
If you do not have true cinnamon I would recommend only using 1 tsp of conventional cinnamon. True cinnamon has a much milder taste and is sweet tasting instead of spicy like its impersonator. Here is an article outlining the differences between the two if you would like to read further about cinnamon.