It is hard to believe that I have gone most of my life without drinking smoothies. Up until about 6 months ago I was always an egg sandwich girl. I loved eggs in the morning and could not imagine eating anything else for breakfast. But now I can’t imagine my mornings without a smoothie.
I mostly enjoy green smoothies for breakfast. These are basically smoothies made with either kale or spinach. You can certainly use other greens but I have stuck with these two. If it aint broke don’t fix it but…but if you start to get bored than switch it. I would not say I am bored with my green smoothies but I do like to try new things and I have been wanting to throw an avocado in my smoothies for a while.
Avocado is an ingredient I have used only in recipes such as guacamole, turkey wraps, BLT’s, or my cobb mason jar salad. But because I am a food blogger and I follow other food blogs and spend time searching pinterest I have come across people using avocado in smoothies. So I decided to give it a try.
When I first made this Strawberry, Banana, and Avocado smoothie recipe I added the whole avocado along with kale. In my opinion the avocado taste was to strong and for some reason this caused the kale to taste way to bitter and green for me – even with some extra maple syrup added. I was able to drink it but I would not make it with both kale and a whole avocado again – at least not with this recipe. However, my husband really liked it. I swear him and me have completely different taste buds.
The second time I skipped the kale and only used 1/2 of the avocado. This version was much better. Avocado gives the smoothie a very creamy almost milkshake like consistency. It actually really filled me up – I could barely drink the whole thing. I can see making one with some cocoa powder for a chocolate milkshake type smoothie should a craving hit. Oooh that sounds good.
So, why would anyone even use avocado in a smoothie. Well, avocado is actually considered a super food because of all its health benefits. It has good fat along with lots of protein and fiber. Avocado helps with cardiovascular health, keeps skin looking nice, and also helps with weight loss by having compounds in it that help decrease fat storage in our bellies. If you find that smoothies don’t fill you up or keep you full long enough try adding some avocado – that should do the trick. However, it is high in calories so I think using ¼ to ½ avocado is plenty for 1 smoothie.
Also, I like the idea of experiencing the health benefits of avocado in a smoothie rather than in a recipe like guacamole. Don’t get me wrong I love guacamole but that usually includes chips and I don’t know about you but it is hard for me to eat just one or two or three chips. With a smoothie you get the benefits of the avocado plus all the other super nutritious ingredients you use.
What are your thoughts with using avocado in your smoothies?
- 2 cups frozen strawberries
- 1 medium banana
- ½ cup plain greek yogurt
- ¼ - ½ avocado, peeled and pitted
- 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
- 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
- water if needed
- put all ingredients in a blender and blend. Add water until you get the consistency you would like.
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