Avocado Smoothie Recipes

Avocado SmoothieFor smoothie recipes featuring the awesomeness of avocado, an ideal ingredient for creamy, delicious, and nutritious smoothies, look no further.

Most of the popular diets of the day (vegan, vegetarian, paleo, etc) openly embrace avocados. Their flavor, richness, versatility, and numerous health benefits put them squarely at the front of the class. Read on for the low down on why avocados are such a health supportive food, or skip ahead for three avocado smoothie recipes.

The nutrients avocados are high in include dietary fiber, healthy fats, carotenoids, folate, potassium, B vitamins, and vitamins C, E, and K. All of which work synergistically to deliver the following health benefits.

  • Heart Healthy: The folate and unsaturated fat in avocados contribute to a healthy heart. The primary fatty acid in avocados, oleic acid, in conjunction with alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) have been shown to improve heart health.
  • Anti-Inflammatory Powerhouse: Several nutrients in avocados help to reduce inflammation throughout the body. For those suffering from arthritis, in particular osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, regular consumption of avocados can offer relief.
  • Anti-Cancer Benefits: Preliminary studies have shown the ability to help prevent cancers in the mouth, skin, and prostate, likely due to the combination of anti-inflammatory nutrients and antioxidants.
  • Eye Health: Look no further than the carotenoids for this health benefit.
  • Better Nutrient Absorption: Studies have shown the improved absorption of certain nutrients when consumed with avocados.
  • Blood Sugar Regulation: The carbohydrate profile doesn’t lead to spikes in blood sugar levels.
  • Reduce Cholesterol: Nutrients in avocados have been shown to help lower cholesterol.

Fun “alligator pear” fact: of the dozens of varieties of avocados, Hass avocado is the most common, and the original mother tree is still standing in California.

For years I’ve used banana to thicken and provide that signature smoothie creaminess, but lately I’ve been using avocado more because of its superior health benefits. I also feel satiated for longer periods after a creamy avocado smoothie.

Note on blending avocados. You might need to add a little extra liquid to your smoothie if you don’t have a powerful blender such as a Blendtec or Vitamix.

Here are three of my favorite avocado smoothie recipes. Enjoy!

Avocado Smoothie Recipes

Tropical Avocado Smoothie

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 avocado, peeled and seed removed
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen mango chunks
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen pineapple chunks
  • A little honey, maple syrup, or stevia to sweeten (optional)

Chocolate Cherry Avocado Smoothie

  • 1 cup of almond or coconut milk
  • 1/2 avocado, peeled and seed removed
  • 1/2 cup frozen pitted cherries
  • 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
  • A little honey, maple syrup, or stevia to sweeten (optional)

Spinach Avocado Smoothie

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 avocado, peeled and seed removed
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • A little honey, maple syrup, or stevia to sweeten (optional)

The Add-ons

  • 1 tablespoon maca
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon chia or flax seeds
  • 1 serving of your preferred protein powder
  • 1 serving of your preferred green superfood powder
  • Spices such as cinnamon, ginger, or cayenne pepper.

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For each of these smoothies, simply add the ingredients into your high speed blender and blend for around for 30-45 seconds or until the desired consistency is reached.

Please leave a comment below if you try one of these tasty avocado smoothies. Happy Blending!

Sources for this blog post include:

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=5

http://www.healthdiaries.com/eatthis/10-health-benefits-of-avocados.html

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4 Responses to Avocado Smoothie Recipes

  1. Gus #

    Hello,

    I was inspired by the idea of using avocados in smoothies and decided to do some experimenting of my own. I was delighted to find I had a whole ripe avocado in the fridge along with some strawberries and blueberries. Here are the approximate amounts for what I ended up using:

    1 avocado
    5 strawberries
    2/3 cup blueberries
    1 frozen banana
    Splash of soy milk
    Splash of orange juice

    The result was an incredibly smooth, luxurious blend with a unique and delicious nutty aftertaste. Before devouring, I sprinkled some granola on top. Yum!

    Thanks for the idea,
    Gus

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hi Gus,

      I love to hear that you did some experimenting of your own. That’s precisely what I encourage everyone to do. Take my recipes and recommendations and create your own unique concoctions.

      Your avocado smoothie is right up my alley. The creamy consistency avocados lend is delightful, and you can’t beat those healthy fats.

      Thanks for sharing.

      Cheers,
      Ryan

  2. renee #

    I tried the Cherry Chocolate Avocado Smoothie, added 1/2 a very ripe banana, and cut the Almond milk to 1 C, just because I feared it might be too thin for the texture I like in a smoothie. Added a touch of Cinnamon and a bit of sweetener. Oh, and the cocoa powder I used was Special Dark from Hershey’s, which I recently discovered and love. It was a delicious, almost decadently tasty treat. It will become a staple on my ‘what can I have that is too good to really be good for me’ desserts.

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hi Renee,

      “What can I have that is too good to really be good for me” – love that! That’s my mission with smoothies, create something that tastes so good you question whether it’s really healthy. I’ve actually been updating recipes and reducing the recommended liquid from 1.5 to 1 cup, which I just did for these avocado recipes.

      Cheers,
      Ryan

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