Avocado in a smoothie? Don’t worry, it really is good and adds a silky texture. My avocado disliking (hating even – he doesn’t like guacamole either) husband informed me after having this avocado spinach green smoothie for the second time,
“You know, this really isn’t bad. I could drink one of these everyday”
What??? I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. After my plot to not have him know the second green ingredient failed, thanks to the 4 year old, I knew he wouldn’t like it. (He has a mental thing when it comes to foods he doesn’t like). That he’d willingly eat them – shocked me!
So, green smoothies are one of those controversial foods in the health world thanks to the oxalates in the raw spinach. I figure that since we don’t have these everyday – mainly just once or twice a week, I’m not going to worry about it too much.
My bigger concern with smoothies is the amount of fruit (and their sugars) that can be ingested when you eat them. The added spinach and healthy fat from the avocado makes it all seem a little more balanced.
Cutting down on time in the kitchen is big in my house. So, when I make smoothies,I always make an entire blender full. I take the extras and put it into serving size cups and stick in the freezer. It becomes the easiest breakfast ever later in the week. You can set the cup in the fridge the night before or set out first thing in the morning and you can eat with a spoon in an hour or two.
The order you put this in the blender and mixing it in stages is important for smoothness. I suppose if you have a Vitamix or Blendtec (dream appliance someday), it wouldn’t be an issue. But for the rest of us. . . My current blender is a Ninja Prep and using this blending method, we come out with a nice and smooth drink.
P.S. Feel free to use yogurt for part of the liquid as well. If I have it made up, I’ll add some in. This homemade yogurt is easy and budget friendly! The majority of the time I simply use water.
P.P.S This smoothie isn’t super sweet, if you need to add a touch of honey or maple syrup to it and you can gradually wean your family off of it.
- 4 cups spinach (medium packed)
- 1 avocado
- 8 ounces (around 2 cups) frozen fruit - peach, pineapple, a couple strawberries
- 2 ripe bananas, frozen
- 1 orange, peeled
- 2 cups liquid (water, milk etc)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 4-6 ice cubes, optional
- 2 tablespoons Chia seeds, optional
- Touch of honey or maple syrup if needed (I never use)
- Put spinach in the blender and add 1 cup of water. Blend well!
- Add avocado. Blend until smooth.
- Add frozen fruit, bananas, orange, vanilla, and additional cup of water or milk.
- Blend until smooth.
- Add ice cubes and chia seeds if you are using and blend until smooth.
- Pour into glasses and enjoy.
- Makes around 6 cups.
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