June 29, 2012

kiwi avocado energy smoothie + friday link round-up

This busy week has flown by, and we're keeping up the pace today with an early-morning meeting. I'm packing a superpowered smoothie to take along, featuring sweet, juicy kiwis for quick energy and essential-fatty-acid-packed almonds, avocado, and chia seeds to sustain.

Avocado and chia create a smooth and creamy texture sans-banana, and soaking the almonds overnight helps them blend more thoroughly and improves their digestibility. I sprinkled in a couple of nature's best multivitamins, too: spirulina and bee pollen.

I'm also toting a batch of fresh-made maple and olive oil granola and raw cacao-hemp-goji truffles (a new creation) for my comrades to munch on. Hopefully that will keep us all in good spirits.

Wishing you a weekend filled with inspiration and enjoyment ~ scroll on down for the recipe and links du jour!


kiwi avocado energy smoothie
Makes a large (~20 ounce) smoothie

1/4 cup raw almonds, soaked for 8 hours in filtered water and drained (I left skins on)
1 pitted date
1/2 avocado
2 kiwis (rather than peeling them, I halved the kiwis lengthwise and scooped out the flesh with a spoon)
1/2 small lemon or lime, skin removed
1/2-inch piece of ginger root, peeled and chopped
1 teaspoon chia seeds
1/2 teaspoon spirulina
1/2 teaspoon bee pollen
10 ounces filtered water, nut milk, or coconut water
ice (optional)

Blend all ingredients until smooth. This makes a very thick smoothie; add more liquid and/or ice to thin it out if you prefer.


A new round of tasty Friday links -- welcome fare for a steamy, heading-into-July weekend.

Green quinoa.

 Vanilla balsamic vinaigrette.

Got summer squash?

Hiking food.

A no-bake chocolatey treat.


  1. never would have thought to pair kiwi and avocado, but it sounds divine!

  2. Thanks, Jessica! Yup, they were sitting there together in the fruit bowl, and I thought why not? ;)

  3. Hi Nancy--sorry I have been so behind in reading (and my own posting)
    as usual I enjoy your flavor profiles---so healthy, and so different from my own. Therein lies true inspiration.
    great tip about soaking the almonds...

    1. thank you, Nancy! The inspiration goes both ways :) :)