Avocado Green Smoothie

05.04.2013

avocado green smoothie | Cooking Classy
Some of you may look at green smoothies and think, really? That’s just gross. Green smoothies basically look like a cup of grass blended with water. I’m one to think, if it looks good it’s probably going to taste good. To me green smoothies never looked that appealing. A lot of the time they are a pretty color but they are, well, green. I never thought I’d be a green smoothie lover, but I’m hooked. My sister-in-law made one for me a few months ago and I’ve made them probably 4 times a week since. My kids ask for them all the time. Now I’m not begging them to eat their veggies. They are coming to me and saying “Mom, will you make me a green surrly (which translates to green smoothie).” They love them and I love that they are eating so many fruits and veggies in one sitting. I also love that they are healthy and not loaded with refined sugars and fats. It’s so much better for them to snack on these versus fruit snacks or Cheetos. I won’t lie I do give me kids fruit snacks and I’m always laughing to myself at their title and how they are labeled “made with real fruit juice” basically smacking on this idea that somehow they must be super nutritious even though they are mostly sugar simply because they are made with real fruit juice. So, swap out some of those fruit snacks you’re giving your kids for green smoothies. If they don’t like the color just pour it into a water bottle that isn’t clear so they won’t see the color they’ll just love the flavor :). If you haven’t had these before you’d be surprised at how filling they are. If you are snacking on these you may just starting eating smaller portions when dinner times rolls around.

These smoothies are really versatile too. I kind of just use what I have on hand. I do always like to add a banana for sweetness. Then of course either spinach or kale (baby kale is better if you can find it), sometimes celery, parsley or a little cilantro, cucumber, avocado, then I’ll always add other fruits. I like to have some kind of acidic fruit, orange, lemon or lime to drowned out any harsh flavor from the greens, then I add frozen strawberries, raspberries, blueberries or blackberries and sometimes grapes. The liquid I usually always use is almond milk but some people like to use orange juice or coconut milk/coconut water or even just water. Others will add yogurt but I rarely do since I get enough creaminess from the banana. So just use what you have and the recipe below is a great place to start. It’s deliciously creamy with just the right amount of sweetness. Enjoy!

avocado green smoothies

Avocado Green Smoothie

Serving Size: About 3 servings

Avocado Green Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 medium ripe California avocado
  • 1 large granny smith apple, chilled, cored and sliced
  • 1 ripe banana, peeled and frozen (use one with spots)
  • 1 Navel orange, chilled and peeled
  • 2 cups (76 g) packed spinach
  • 1 cup almond milk, chilled*
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tsp agave nectar or honey, or to taste (optional)
  • 8 ice cubes (about 1 1/3 cups)

Directions

  • Directions:
  • Combine all ingredients except ice, in a blender and puree until well blended and smooth. Add ice and blend until smooth. Serve.
  • *I used original almond milk, not unsweetened or vanilla. The vanilla would be fine but you would probably want to omit the agave as it is sweeter than the original. Unsweetened would also work you just may want to add more agave.
  • Recipe Source: Cooking Classy
http://www.cookingclassy.com/avocado-green-smoothie/

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14 comments

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious: I was one of those people who were absolutely repulsed with green smoothies, that is until I tried one with spinach and fell in love with it! I have yet to try it with avocado but I’m sure I’ll love it! May 5, 2013 at 12:36am Reply

  • Susan: I just did a nutritional analysis on this recipe, because I was interested, but it is over the top with carbs and not much protein (I do better physically with high protein, low carb). Calorically it would have to be a meal, but unfortunately, because of the composition, it won’t work for me, with the eating plan I’m on. I’m glad your kids love it, because it definitely gets them to eat their fruits and veggies. I’m glad you posted this because it gives me something to think about for smoothies. May 5, 2013 at 2:55pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Mixing in greek yogurt may be a good option for you – to get more protein and you can cut out some of the higher carb fruits/veggies. I hope you’re able to come up with a version that will work with your diet :). May 5, 2013 at 8:55pm Reply

  • Kristy @ Sweet Treats & More: Just shared an avocado green smoothie last week! Too funny. LOVE the texture avocado gives the smoothie though, it’s a new fav!! May 6, 2013 at 6:43am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Seriously? It really is crazy how much we are making similar things all the time! They are delicious! May 6, 2013 at 10:04am Reply

  • Annie @ Natural Sweet Recipes: That color is gorgeous! I am totally weird and think green smoothies actually look delicious! :) I love the avocado added to this. I find that avocado helps keep me full for longer since sometimes just almond milk, greens and a bit of fruit aren’t that “hearty”. :) Thanks for sharing! May 6, 2013 at 2:25pm Reply

  • Jennifer: Love this recipe, thanks for sharing! It’s an nice combo of sweet, tart and creamy! May 8, 2013 at 9:20am Reply

  • Tia: I really enjoyed this recipe, but I felt a few improvements were needed. First, I squeezed the orange because there was always a level of bitterness from the outerparts that remained. Second, I blanched the spinach. No matter how long i had blended it raw I kept getting textured bits of spinach, and also a small amount of bitter flavor. Also, cooked spinach is healthier than raw. After that, the natural sweetness of rest of the ingredients really popped and I intend to make this again and again. Thank you for a wonderful recipe. May 23, 2013 at 11:18am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m glad you liked it Tia, thanks for the suggestions! May 23, 2013 at 12:21pm Reply

    • Mona Oxford-Lyman: I make raw spinach smoothies all the time! I am obsessed with them to tell you the truth. I used to use almond milk or coconut milk depending on what type of smoothie, then I tried just water to reduce the calories and it works! My favorite: 1.5 cups cold water, 2 large handfuls of fresh spinach, frozen pineapple, frozen mango (about 1 cup each) with 1 pkg of Stevia. Delicious! I use a Blendtec and never have a problem with things not blending. December 9, 2013 at 10:11am Reply

  • Shan: Can you tell me how many calories are in this smoothie. I am one of those people who counts calories. I love the taste of the smoothie by the way. June 20, 2013 at 11:58am Reply

  • Janelle @ Run With No Regrets: Looks delicious! Really dumb question though…it’s my first time working with avocado. Do you just add the entire avocado or do you have to pit it? February 9, 2014 at 11:15am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes, slice it in half around the pit, then pit it and peel it (you can just scoop out the flesh (edible part) with a large spoon, leaving the skin behind), and yes it’s the whole thing (but I recommend using a medium or small so it’s not overwhelming).
      This link might help more than me explaining :) – you don’t need to dice it though as it’s pictured:
      http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/how_to_cut_and_peel_an_avocado/
      I hope you love it Janelle! February 11, 2014 at 11:13pm Reply

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