Superfood Avocado Smoothies

My stash of avocados has now been depleted. My mission this day is to find cheap avocados once again and stock up, or they will truly be missed.

I have always been curious as to what sweet avocado desserts or drinks taste like, and yes, they are out there! I used to work in a Mexican ice cream parlor when I was 15 and they had an avocado flavored popsicle, which was surprisingly popular. I always judged the people who ordered it and thought to my self “you gross bastard, why would you eat an avocado popsicle?!?” But I was a naive closed-minded teenager who knew nothing of the world, so don’t judge me.

It was in China where I tried my first avocado smoothie…by accident. China really forced us to be more courageous with what we ate, since most of the time we didn’t know what we were ordering.  If a restaurant had pictures, we would point at what looked appetizing, although we found many times pictures can be deceiving. If there were no pictures on the menu, most of the time we would say “xie xie” and walk out.  One morning Mark and I woke up really early to get some alone time and we strolled the streets of Shanghai.  For breakfast, we stopped by a “bubble tea” stand with pictures. However, the pictures were on the other side of the stand preventing me to go right up to the picture and point at it. I wanted a coconut smoothie and played charades with a girl hoping she would guess exactly what I wanted. She seemed very confused, but after a minute she said “ah” and nodded her head like she finally understood.  But I didn’t receive a white smoothie.  I forced an awkward smile and took my green drink reluctantly, but never did I think it was avocado. The taste was different at first, just because I was expecting it to be kiwi or cantaloupe.  But with every taste it got better. Half way though I realized it was avocado, but by then I didn’t care. It was too good.

I’m pretty sure that bubble tea in China was made using avocado, condensed milk, coconut milk and tapioca pearls. I got the idea to make this drink when I saw big green tapioca pearls at the asian grocery store–I almost screamed with happiness!  Then as I was walking around I saw the big bubble tea straws. It was a sign from the gods that I was meant to make this drink.

For almost an entire week I made avocado smoothies for lunch. And every time I had one of these I didn’t feel hungry for the longest time. Avocados are considered a “superfood”. Superfoods are packed with high phytonutrient content that may confer health benefits as a result. They may help reduce cholesterol, reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer, and can even put you in a better mood. They are rich in antioxidants, and essential vitamins, and can even help you have better skin!  Yes, avocado also have a good amount of fat, but it’s the good kind of fat so there is no need to worry as long as you don’t go overboard. Other “superfoods” include kiwi, berries like blueberries and raspberries, green tea, and many others.

My favorite smoothies below were the kiwi and the raspberry.  I found that the more fruit you add the less you can taste the avocado–which might be good or bad depending on your taste.  I also think psychologically, changing the color (by adding something like raspberries) completely takes the avocado taste out, which might be good to keep in mind with picky eaters like kids…or Mark.

Enjoy!

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1. GREEN TEA AVOCADO BASIL “BUBBLE” SMOOTHIE



Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp avocado
  • 3 frozen coconut milk ice cubes (or
  • 1/4 c. plain yogurt
  • 2 tbsp green tea, cooled
  • 2-4 basil leaves
  • Sweetness (agave nectar, honey, sugar, or condensed milk)
  • Green tea tapioca pearls (use the big pearls, found in asian markets)

Directions: Blend together. Adjust ingredients to you own liking.

Tapioca Pearls Directions: follow instructions for quick 5 minute tapioca. When ready, place in simple syrup for 5 minutes for sweetness. (Simple syrup: boil water and add equal parts of sugar until syrupy).

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2. AVOCADO MANGO SMOOTHIE


Ingredients:

  • Avocado
  • Frozen mango
  • plain yogurt
  • frozen coconut milk ice-cubes
  • White cranberry juice
  • Agave nectar

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3. AVOCADO MANGO RASPBERRY SMOOTHIE


Ingredients:

  • Avocado
  • Frozen Mango
  • Frozen raspberries
  • plain yogurt
  • Coconut milk ice-cubes
  • White cranberry juce
  • Agave Nectar

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4. AVOCADO KIWI SMOOTHIE

Ingredients:

  • Avocado
  • Kiwi
  • White cranberry juice
  • plain yogurt
  • coconut milk ice cubes
  • Agave nectar


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10 Responses to “Superfood Avocado Smoothies”

  1. i saw avocado soup in iron chef show ! would it be good???

  2. I adore avocado smoothies, but haven’t had one in quite awhile. Thanks for the ideas!

  3. I grew up with avocado coffee shake. Also, avocado shake float, which means topped with ice cream 🙂

    Love all the avocado post here. Very very refreshing for summer treat!

  4. Hi There, I’d really like to feature some of your smoothies on my site.
    I just launched last week, I’m a nutritionist that hopes this site will help people share recipes and also profile people like yourself.

    If you put something up I’ll make it a feature.

  5. Oh my just yum, yum, and yum!

  6. Avacado scares me a bit as a sweet dish but it looks really good!

  7. Dionne Baldwin Says:

    Wow these look perfect for a day like today! A nice cold treat would hit the spot…

  8. My kids adore smoothies – I never thought of using avocado in them Great idea to sneak in more nutrition!

  9. health for kids…

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