Smoothie Recipes

Looking for an easy way to increase your intake of fruits and vegetables as well as help the nutrient quality of your diet? Try a smoothie. Avocados are a great addition to smoothies - they can add creaminess to the consistency of your favorite fruit smoothie recipe or be a fresh non-dairy addition to add smoothness to fruit and/or vegetable smoothie recipes. Tasty, fresh and decadent they can also add nearly 20 vitamins and nutrients to aid in the nutrient-density of your smoothie.

How does adding avocado to your smoothie change the recipe? Compare the "before" and "after" of this carrot smoothie to see how avocados can upgrade your favorite diet or breakfast smoothie recipe:

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Carrot Smoothie Before and After
Adding Avocado to Smoothies Nutritional Swap

Before

Carrot Smoothie Ingredients:

  • 4 servings
  • 6 oz. yogurt, plain nonfat
  • 1 fresh banana, medium sized
  • ½ cup apple juice
  • 2 cup carrot juice

Nutrition Information Per Individual Serving:

  • 100 calories
  • 4 g protein
  • 0 g total fat
  • 0 g monounsaturated fat
  • 0 g polyunsaturated fat
  • 21 g carbohydrates
  • 1 g dietary fiber
  • 17 g sugar
  • 125 mg sodium
  • 0 mg cholesterol

After

Carrot & Avocado Smoothie Ingredients:

  • 4 servings
  • 6 oz. yogurt, plain nonfat
  • 1/2 fresh banana, medium sized
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 1.5 cup carrot juice
  • ½ fresh Hass Avocado

Nutrition Information Per Individual  Serving:

  • 110 calories
  • 4 g protein
  • 4  g total fat
  • 2 g monounsaturated fat
    (increased good fats) 
  • 0.5 g polyunsaturated fat
    (increased good fats) 
  • 17 g carbohydrates
  • 2 g dietary fiber (increased fiber)
  • 12 g sugar (decreased sugar)
  • 105 mg sodium (decreased sodium)
  • 0 mg cholesterol
  • Maintained or increased nutrient levels slightly, increasing nutrients such as folate, Vitamin C and Vitamin K
  • Increased nutrient absorption of Vitamin A and fat-soluble nutrients.

Adding Avocado to Smoothies in Place of Dairy

On a specialty diet where you are considering using avocados for their creaminess in place of dairy? Here is how this recipe compares when you swap the yogurt for avocado. 

Before

Carrot Smoothie Ingredients:

  • 4 servings

  • 6 oz. yogurt, plain nonfat
  • 1 fresh banana, medium sized
  • ½ cup apple juice
  • 2 cup carrot juice

Nutrition Information Per Individual Serving:

  • 100 calories
  • 4 g protein
  • 0 g total fat
  • 0 g monounsaturated fat
  • 0 g polyunsaturated fat
  • 21 g carbohydrates
  • 1 g dietary fiber
  • 17 g sugar
  • 126 mg sodium
  • 0 mg cholesterol

After

Carrot & Avocado Smoothie Ingredients:

  • 4 servings
  • 1/2 fresh medium Hass Avocado
  • 1 fresh banana, medium sized
  • ½  cup apple juice
  • 2 cup carrot juice

     

Nutrition Information Per Individual Serving:

  • 116 calories (more calories resulting for added good fats)
  • 2 g protein
  • 4 g total fat
  • 2.5 g monounsaturated fat (increased good fats)
  • 0.5 g polyunsaturated fat (increased good fats)
  • 20 g carbohydrates
  • 3 g dietary fiber (increased fiber)
  • 14 g sugar (decreased sugar)
  • 85 mg sodium (decreased sodium)
  • 0 mg cholesterol
  • Decrease in protein and vitamin D maintained or increased most nutrient levels, increasing other nutrients such as folate, vitamin c and vitamin k
  • Added calories from good fats in the avocado but lowered sodium and sugar
  • Increased nutrient absorption of Vitamin A and fat-soluble nutrients.

Looking for a delicious green smoothie recipe? Check out this green smoothie with avocado and spinach.
 

Need help with ideas on how to make smoothies with avocado? Try some of our featured avocado smoothie recipes.

Avocado Smoothie Recipe Ideas

‘Dulce de leche’ is milk caramel. You can buy ‘dulce de leche’ in a can in the Hispanic sections of the stores. This is a vegan version for dulce de leche made with lite coconut milk.

Prep Time: 
30 minutes
Cook Time: 
20 minutes

This rich chocolate treat gets its creaminess from the avocado and can be enjoyed as an on-the-go meal or post workout snack.

Prep Time: 
10 minutes
Cook Time: 
0 minutes

What better way to start the day than with a smoothie? Whirl together creamy avocado, sweet almond milk, fresh mango and pineapple for a satisfying and delicious morning meal.

Prep Time: 
15 minutes
Cook Time: 
5 minutes

Recipe by Chef Sue Torres, Chef/Owner of Sueños Restaurant, NYC.

Prep Time: 
10 minutes

"This smoothie is a nutty and sweet flavor to start your morning." Recipe courtesy of Leigh Ann of Woodbury, MN.

Prep Time: 
10 minutes
Chocolate Smoothie with Avocado and Banana

"A rich smoothie that harnesses the power of potassium and unsweetened cocoa powder." Recipe courtesy of Janet of Phoenixville, PA.

Prep Time: 
5 minutes

A sweet berry packed smoothie (yes avocados are a berry too!) that can be made in just 5 minutes!

Prep Time: 
5 minutes
The Ultimate Hass Avocado Smoothie

This Hass avocado smoothie contains two whole fruits and a surprising ingredient, spinach, and is creamy, sweet and delicious!

Yield: 2 cups

Prep Time: 
10 minutes

Fresh Hass avocado combines with nonfat Greek yogurt and a frozen banana for a frosty, creamy smoothie with 6 grams of protein per serving!

Prep Time: 
10 minutes

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Looking for an easy way to increase you intake of fruits and vegetables as well as help the nutrient quality of your diet? Try a smoothie.

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