Today is my kids’ last day of school. But they get out so early today, that I’ve asked my self why they call it the Last Day when the kids are in school for about 3 hours? In any case, summer vacation is starting and all of us are ready for it.
When the weather warms up, we are always looking for ways to cool off. Sure, with kids that usually means ice cream and popsicles. But a smoothie is a great way to cool off with something nutritious and less sugary. And this creamy Kiwi Avocado Smoothie hits the spot.
Benefits of avocados
Avocado smoothie? Yes, no joke. I put the avocados sent to me by the California Avocado Commission to good use. Besides making Avocado Hummus and Avocado Coleslaw, I decided to branch out of my own comfort zone and make a smoothie, a healthy green avocado smoothie.
I positively adore avocados, and I do get that I’m blessed to live in Southern California – home of the best avocados in the world. Avocados are not only delicious, but also incredibly delicious but also very good for you.
Avocados contain more potassium than bananas and loaded with heart healthy monounsaturated fatty acids. Avocados are also high in fiber, antioxidants and rich in Vitamin K, Folate, Vitamin C and Vitamins B5 and B6.
Why use avocados in a smoothie
Besides the tremendous health benefits you get from consuming avocados, you might ask yourself, “Why on Earth would I use avocados in a smoothie?” It does seem like an odd choice of ingredient for a smoothie.
Avocados make your standard smoothie very creamy, without the addition of adding milk or yogurt. So if you are looking for a creamy vegan smoothie, then adding some avocados is the obvious choice.
The flavor of the avocado is mild and doesn’t dominate your smoothie. The other fruits and vegetables you add to your smoothie will give you the flavor you are looking for.
How to make this kiwi avocado smoothie
This is a super simple smoothie recipe. I chose to add only green fruits: avocado, kiwi, green grapes and granny smith apples. I also added a bit of mint. This smoothie was nice and creamy even with the absence of milk and yogurt.
I just thinned it out with a bit of water and ice and I was sipping my tangy Kiwi Avocado Smoothie.
I loved that tart taste, but it was a bit too sour for my boys. The Princess loved it, of course. She loves things on the sour side. If you find the smoothie too sour for your personal taste, feel free to throw in a banana, drizzle of honey or some protein powder if you want.
Now all I need is a beach chair, my toes in the sand and I’m set and ready for summer vacation!
- 1 avocado, peeled and seeded
- 2 kiwi fruits, peeled and halved
- 2 cup green grapes
- 1 granny smith apple, peeled and cored
- 1/2 cup crushed ice
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup fresh mint
- In a blender combine all ingredients and purée until smooth.
- Divide into 4 glasses and serve.
You can also add banana to sweeten the smoothie. Great with protein powders, too!
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Serving Size:1 glass
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 188 Total Fat: 10.3g Saturated Fat: 2.1g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 8mg Carbohydrates: 26g Fiber: 6.7g Sugar: 17g Protein: 2g