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Healthy Avocado & Banana Smoothie

Here in Pasadena it’s 80 degrees and it’s only 8am. Yikes!

Don’t worry, I got you covered with this yummy smoothie recipe that will help keep your mind and body cool from the inside out.

Gone Bananas Green Smoothie
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • ½ avocado
  • ¼ cup raw cashews
  • 1 tablespoon Vitamineral Green Powder
  • 2 cups of pre made iced cold mint tea

Blend all ingredients and drink! Makes 2 servings.

What makes this smoothie so cooling?

Bananas are known in Eastern nutrition as a cooling food. They are very yin in nature which means they are moist, cold, and will replenish your fluids. In western nutrition they are recognized as being high in potassium and have a modest amount of vitamin C, vitamin B6, and manganese.

Like the banana, avocado is also a cooling fruit and high in potassium. Loaded with fiber, B vitamins, vitamin E, folic acid, and healthy fat, avocados help balance the sugars in the banana giving you a long steady boost of energy.

Cashews are a warmer food which will balance all the cool foods. They are high in magnesium and copper. Copper is an essential element of the anti inflammatory antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase (SOD) which is needed for energy production.

Packed with a full array of vitamins, and minerals, green grass powders are also cooling and an easy way to get more nutrition in your body. Combined with the high fat content of cashews and avocado this will allow the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, & K in the grass powders to be absorbed by your body.

Mint has been a staple in the middle east and India for thousands of years. Also a natural anti inflammatory herb, it is used to soothe the digestive tract, clear the eyes, and alleviate headaches. Mint tea is refreshing and cooling to your nervous system which means if you are feeling anxious from the heat it can calm your anxiety.


About Dr. Dawna Ara, DACM
Dr. Dawna Ara is an acupuncturist, herbalist, functional medicine practitioner, a mom, wife, writer, foodie and nature lover. She teaches her patients how to live a healthy lifestyle.