As celebrity endorsements go, almonds have impressive pedigree. “Almonds are a good snack – I strongly recommend them.” Who said that? Yep – it was former US President Barack Obama.

He said it as part of an interview where he denied eating exactly seven almonds each night (he actually eats varying amounts of almonds – remember when news about the President used to be light-hearted?). But forget the weird context: President Obama’s advice should be heeded by all.

Almonds are brimming with vitamins and minerals and rich in dietary fibre and unsaturated fats. They also now come in all manner of forms beyond the standard nut, including both milk and butter, both of which are incorporated into this cracking smoothie recipe created by the experts at MaraNatha foods.

Extra nutritional goodness comes from avocado and spinach, which also give the drink its deliciously green appearance. Whip up this tasty blend for a healthy breakfast drink to energise you for the day ahead.

MaraNatha Green Double Almond Smoothie

Ingredients

Serves 2

  • 2 heaped tbsp MaraNatha smooth almond butter
  • ½ an avocado, sliced
  • 600ml Almond Dream Dairy Free Drink or almond milk
  • 3 handfuls of baby spinach
  • 1tbsp chia seeds or hemp seeds (optional)

Instructions

  1. Place the sliced avocado in a jug.
  2. Add the almond milk, almond butter and spinach.
  3. Whizz together with a stick blender to obtain a smooth consistency.

For added class (and a few extra nutritional benefits), use a wedge of lime to moisten the rims of your serving glasses, and then dip the glasses into the chia or hemp seeds before you fill them with smoothie goodness.

Nutritional Information

Per serving

Calories: 196
Fat: 17.2g
Saturated fat: 1.5g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.5g
Monounsaturated fat: 3.5g
Carbohydrates: 9g
Protein: 5.7g

MaraNatha Almond Butter comes in Velvet Smooth and Divine Crunch and is available at Tesco and Ocado, priced £3.99. maranathafoods.com.

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