Avocado Smoothie Recipe Spotlight
When it comes to superfood fruits, avocados take the cake hands down. As avocados have grown increasingly popular over the last several years, so have the many different ways of incorporating them into different lifestyles and diets. It’s not surprising, really. Avocados are packed with many different vitamins, minerals, nutrients, and they taste great! It should come as no surprise to anyone that one of our favorite ways to use avocados here at Blendtopia are in yummy, creamy avocado smoothies! Avocado smoothies are a delicious and nutritious way to get more of this superfood into your daily routine and add a delicious creamy texture for a thicker smoothie. Read on to discover how, why, and when to use avocados in your smoothies.
What's so Great About Avocado's?
Just like with other popular healthy foods and diet trends, there are a lot of questions around avocados. One common question we hear quite often is what makes avocados SO great. Allow us the chance to tell you — they taste great, and they are great for you! It really doesn’t get any better than that. Besides the great buttery taste and delicious creamy texture, avocados have the potential to positively impact your health and overall lifestyle. Here are our top 3 favorite things that make avocados great for you:
Avocados are healthy for the heart. Not only are avocados high in healthy fat, they are also an excellent source of beta-sitosterol. Beta-sitosterol, when consumed regularly, have the potential to help fight high cholesterol levels.
Avocados are high in nutrients linked to better vision health. Besides being great for the heart, Avocados are a great source of lutein and zeaxanthin which are dietary carotenoids that can cross the blood brain barrier and accumulate in the retina. They are thought to play a part in visual capabilities and as a UV filter to help protect the eyes from damage.
Avocados are high in folate. Research has suggested that the healthy consumption of folate may lead to a reduced risk of developing stomach, colon, cervical, and pancreatic cancer.
In addition to these three things, Avocados are also an excellent tool in maintaining and regulating a healthy appetite, and can also play a role in digestion, detoxification, and healthy mental health.
As we’ve previously touched on, avocados are a nutritious, powerhouse fruit that are highly prized for their buttery taste, but also their high nutrient content. Originating in southern Mexico and Columbia, avocados have assimilated deep into American culture — and for good reason! Taking a look at the USDA National Nutrient Database, one serving of avocado is packed with the following:
- 64 calories (around 400 calories per avocado)
- 29 grams of healthy fats
- Only 17 grams of carbs
- Less than 5 grams of sugar
- Almost 15 grams of fiber
Avocados are a fantastic source of different vitamins like C, E, K, and B-6. They’re also great for providing healthy doses of riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, potassium, lutein, beta-carotene, and omega-3 fatty acids. Unbelievable! If you are interested in just how much an avocado can make in your vitamin and nutrient intake, take a look at these numbers from just a single, 3.5 ounce serving of avocado:
- Vitamin K: 26% of the daily value
- Folate: 20% of the daily value
- Vitamin C: 17% of the daily value
- Potassium: 14% of the daily value
- Vitamin B5: 14% of the daily value
- Vitamin B6: 13% of the daily value
- Vitamin E: 10% of the daily value
NOTE: For those follow a keto diet, a creamy avocado smoothie should be a key part of your routine. Packed with protein, healthy fats and vitamins, a keto avocado smoothie is the perfect breakfast smoothie on the keto diet.
Do Avocados taste good in a smoothie?
You may find yourself wondering whether avocados can actually taste good in a smoothie, and we are here to tell you with absolute certainty, yes! While it may not seem like it would be your first choice as a smoothie ingredient, avocados are an easy way to enhance your smoothie recipes with not only nutritional benefits, but the overall thickness and creaminess of your smoothies. If you are someone who suffers from lactose intolerance or just prefers to limit the amount of dairy in your diet, avocados can play an important role in ensuring your smoothies are still creamy and delicious. When paired with other great tasting avocado smoothie ingredients, you just can’t go wrong. But we’ll talk more about that later, I promise.
How much Avocado should I put in a Smoothie?
Another common question we find people have when on mission to create the best avocado smoothie recipe is how much avocado should be added. In all honesty, there really is not a set answer. It just depends on you and your personal tastes and preferences. One of the best ways to figure out just how much avocado can be successfully added to your avocado smoothies is to experiment with it.
One of our favorite methods of creating a delicious avocado smoothie is to add ingredients little by little. Start by creating your base blend. Add your favorite fruits, protein powders, your liquid, and a quarter of a medium-sized avocado to your blender and blend. Give it a little taste and adjust from there. Keep in mind when playing with the avocado levels of your smoothies that the more avocado you add, the thicker and creamier the consistency will be. If you add too much, you will likely have to add in more of your base liquid, as well as additional fruit and sweeteners to compensate, depending on your taste of course.
We recommend starting with about 1/4 of a medium-sized ripe avocado and slowly moving up from that starting point depending on what your avocado smoothie recipe calls for.
It's also important to think about what you're trying to accomplish -are you making the perfect breakfast smoothie or just a healthy snack? My go to smoothie for a healthy breakfast will typically contain more avocado as I'm looking for a bigger punch from the protein and healthy fats during that part of the day. I love green smoothies as an afternoon snack, but will likely go heavier on the leafy greens with less avocado because I have less need for the avocado nutritionals.
Other additions like coconut milk, frozen banana, chia seeds, maple syrup and greek yogurt can really help you get the avocado smoothie taste profile you're looking for.
What fruits go well in a Avocado Smoothie?
A smoothie just wouldn’t be an avocado smoothie without some delicious fruit, am I right? The key to making any avocado smoothie delicious is to pair it with great tasting fruit without taking away from the purpose of the nutritional value.
So what are our options? It really depends on what you want out of your smoothie. If you prefer a smoothie to be keto-friendly with low carbs, you can choose from this of amazing, great tasting, low carb frozen fruit:
- Strawberries: 6 grams of net carbs, 2 grams of fiber, 8 grams of total carbs
- Raspberries: 5 grams of net carbs, 5 grams of fiber, 10 grams of total carbs
- Blackberries: 5 grams of net carbs, 6 grams of fiber, 11 grams of total carbs
- Blueberries: 12 grams of net carbs, 2.5 grams of fiber, 14.5 grams of total carbs
- Watermelon: 7 grams of net carbs, 0.5 gram of fiber, 7.5 grams of total carbs
- Peaches: 8 grams of net carbs, 1.5 grams of fiber, 9.5 grams of total carbs
- Pineapple: 12 grams of net carbs, 1.5 grams of fiber, 13.5 grams of total carbs
If low carbs aren’t a concern, you can throw in some more carbohydrate-dense fruits like bananas, mangoes, and apples.
We love using fresh fruit in our smoothies when possible, but frozen fruit is typically easier, faster and less season-dependent. Frozen bananas, frozen blueberries, frozen pineapple, frozen mango...all are absolutely delicious and make a fantastic recipe.
Can you use frozen avocado in smoothies?
Avocados are definitely freezable and can be added fresh, thawed, or frozen to any avocado smoothie recipe. Depending on what you like, avocados are able to be frozen in halves, chunks, puréed, or mashed and stored for up to 4-6 months.
To ensure they keep their amazing taste, however, it’s important to tightly wrap them in plastic and store them in an airtight container. This will help keep them tasting fresh, as well as prevent freezer burn. Adding frozen avocado to your smoothie mix can give your smoothie a thicker, more refreshing texture, all of which is true for any frozen smoothie ingredients.
For those of you who prefer to plan ahead and meal prep, you can make your smoothie bases ahead of time by picking your favorite fruits, veggies, and flavorings and storing them in the same airtight container as your avocados. Just be aware that while avocados are freezable, some browning may occur. A good tip to remember prior to freezing your avocados is to add a little bit of lemon juice or lime juice to the mix.
Best Avocado Smoothie Recipes
There are countless healthy avocado smoothies recipes out there, and even more countless ways to create your own. Because avocados are such a prominent food choice in today’s society, even some well known celebrities like Kourtney Kardashian are in on the game. Kourtney has of course knocked it out of the park with her amazing, three ingredient avocado smoothie!
Not only is her creamy avocado smoothie recipe delicious, it’s super simple to make using only three ingredients — one organic avocado (peeled and pitted), one cup of macadamia milk (or coconut milk), and two teaspoons of Manuka honey or dates. Toss these ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth and voila!
Another simple, yet delicious avocado smoothie flavor combination is avocado and… wait for it… chocolate! Yep, you heard me correctly, I said a chocolate avocado smoothie! It’s very easy to create a delicious tasting chocolate avocado smoothie, just add cocoa powder!
By now, it’s likely that you already have an idea of what you want to add to your avocado smoothie since we’ve already talked about what makes a good addition, now you just have to throw in a little bit of cocoa powder and you have yourself a chocolate avocado smoothie! When paired with the creamy taste of avocado and the sweet, exotic taste of fruit, chocolate is a natural choice to enhance a smoothie with its decadent, inviting aroma and flavor.
Trust us, our Keto Chocolate Chai Smoothie wouldn’t be the same without the enhanced flavor both avocado and chocolate bring to your cup.
If breakfast smoothies are your thing, we’ve got just the combination you need to brighten your mornings and empower you throughout the day. Check out our favorite, Blendtopia Keto Green Smoothie Kit recipe below!
Blendtopia’s Keto Green Avocado Breakfast Smoothie Kit
- 1 Blendtopia Keto Green Smoothie Kit
- 1 teaspoon Matcha Powder
- 1 scoop of Keto Protein Powder
- 12-14 fluid ounces of Unsweetened Almond Milk
What you’ll do:
Blend together until smooth and enjoy your green smoothie!
The great thing about this recipe is it’s completely adaptable. If matcha isn’t quite your thing, you can add other ingredients in its place, or leave it out entirely. If you prefer the warming flavor of cinnamon, add a teaspoon of that. If you prefer your smoothies with a bit more zing, replace the unsweetened almond milk with zero calorie lemonade.
If creamy is your thing, try using delicious oat milk. Other fun/exciting adds to this recipe include: almond milk, vanilla protein powder, almond butter, coconut milk, greek yogurt, fresh spinach and anything else that fits your nutritional goals and tastes great!
Blendtopia Avocado Smoothies
Blendtopia is proud to offer a wide variety of smoothie kits that feature avocado. These kits are super simple to use, packed full of delicious and nutritional ingredients that you are sure to fall in love with. Let’s take a look at them a little closer:
Our Strength Smoothie is an avocado banana smoothie jam-packed with
nutritional ingredients like avocado and frozen banana that enhance your daily power and performance. It is a power-packed smoothie that helps deliver sustainable energy throughout the day, everyday! With a creamy and nutty banana-avocado taste, this smoothie is bound to be your favorite source of essential amino acids, fiber, omegas, and vitamin C.
100% Organic Ingredients: organic pineapples, organic bananas, organic spinach, organic banana puree (organic bananas, ascorbic acid), organic avocados (citric acid, ascorbic acid, salt), organic sacha inchi powder, organic cacao powder, organic hemp seeds, organic milled flax seeds, organic wheatgrass powder
Keto Green Smoothie
Powered by the cool cucumber-coconut lemon water with hints of ginger, this
power-packed Keto Green Smoothie is just what you need to deliver a healthy balance of protein, health fats, fiber, antioxidants, and phytonutrients to power up and burn clean throughout the day. All of this made possible by the keto-friendly ingredients like organic cauliflower and avocados.
100% Organic Ingredients: organic cauliflower, organic cucumbers, organic spinach, organic avocados (organic avocados, salt, ascorbic acid, citric acid), organic cauliflower puree, water, organic virgin coconut oil, reconstituted organic lemon juice, organic milled flax seeds, organic hemp seeds, organic ground ginger, organic MCT oil, organic monk fruit extract.
Keto Berry Smoothie
If freshly squeezed berry lemonade is your thing, so is our Keto Berry Smoothie!
Bursting with antioxidants that help protect your body and keep it functioning to its fullest capacity, our Keto Berry Smoothie is just what you need to empower and enhance your immune system. The sweet and juicy strawberries and raspberries paired with the buttery taste of avocados provide a steady source of essential nutrients like vitamin C and fiber that will help you stay healthy and full for longer.
100% Organic Ingredients: organic cauliflower, organic avocados (organic avocados, salt, ascorbic acid, citric acid), organic raspberries, organic strawberries, organic cauliflower puree, water, organic virgin coconut oil, reconstituted organic lemon juice, organic milled flax seeds, organic milled chia seeds, organic ground cinnamon, organic MCT oil, organic monk fruit extract.
Keto Chocolate Chai Smoothie
When it comes to the scrumptious taste of chocolate chai lattes, you seriously
can’t go wrong! Our Keto Chocolate Chai Smoothie is packed with nutrient-dense foods like avocado and cauliflower that provide vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients that will leave you feeling better than ever. Flavor aside, the best part about this amazing smoothie is that its Keto Certified, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, and 100% organic! Try it with coconut milk or almond milk!
100% Organic Ingredients: organic cauliflower, organic avocados (organic avocados, salt, ascorbic acid, citric acid), organic cauliflower puree, water, organic virgin coconut oil, organic cacao powder, organic milled flax seeds, organic ground cinnamon, organic ground cardamom, organic ground ginger, organic ground nutmeg, organic MCT oil, organic monk fruit extract, organic ground cloves.