Want a fueling, filling breakfast to power you through the day? How about one that tastes delicious, too? Look no further than this Grape Juice Avocado Energizing Smoothie!
Thanks to the folks at Welch’s for sponsoring this blog post. All opinions, as always, are my own.
Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. I could eat smoothies, omelets, and French toast all day long! All meals are important, but breakfast does the essential job of setting you up for the day—after all, without a fueling breakfast, how are you going to feel come lunch time?
This is why I always strive to whip up a breakfast with plenty of protein, healthy fats, and fiber to power me through my day—as well as polyphenols, which are nutrients found in fruit that provide health benefits. I also want my breakfast to be quick and easy to make on a weekday morning. This smoothie recipe accomplishes all of this, featuring natural ingredients with no added sweeteners.
Let’s start off by talking about the smoothie’s base, which is Welch’s 100% Grape Juice, made with dark purple Concord grapes. These Concord grapes are pretty special. Not only do they have a unique tangy sweet taste—but because they’re only in season for a short period each year, the easiest way to get their benefits is from juice made from the grapes.
Thanks to the juice's polyphenol power, you’ll get heart and circulation benefits to help keep your blood flowing freely to and from your ticker. It's also packed with the immune-supporting antioxidant vitamin C, with each 8-ounce glass providing more than 100 percent of your daily need. And it may help your athletic performance! In addition to containing naturally energizing fruit nutrients, early research shows that recreational runners who drank the juice daily for a month noticed enhanced performance. So now you get why this smoothie has a base of 100 percent grape juice!
In addition to the juice, I added avocado, edamame, banana, and mint to my recipe. The avocado supplies heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, helping to keep you fuller for longer. Edamame is a wonderful source of plant-based protein, which can keep you going throughout the morning. And the banana offers filling fiber, as well as potassium—a mineral many of us need more of in our diets. I always find mint invigorating, so I added some leaves to give this smoothie a pop.
And just so you know, this recipe meets expert guidelines for a heart-healthy recipe. To qualify as a heart-healthy main dish, a recipe needs to have:
I can’t wait to hear what you think of this breakfast recipe! It’s an excellent source of both protein and fiber, providing 13 grams of protein per serving and 8 grams of fiber per serving.
1 cup Welch’s 100% Grape Juice
¼ avocado, frozen
½ ripe banana, frozen
2/3 cup shelled edamame, frozen
10-12 fresh mint leaves, torn
Blend ingredients together in high-speed blender, and enjoy! Makes 1 serving.
Nutritional information per serving: Cal: 420 Fat: 13 g Sat fat: 2 g Pro: 13 g Carbs: 64 g Sugar: 46 g Fiber: 8 g Chol: 0 mg Sod: 30 mg
What are your thoughts on this topic? What are your favorite smoothie ingredients?