Creamy “Monster Mash” Smoothie

October 29, 2011 at 10:49 am 9 comments

It’s almost Halloween and I haven’t posted all my “Halloween” recipes! I still have two days to fit them in…

Have you ever tried adding avocado to a smoothie? Not only does the avocado add heart-healthy fat and make your smoothie thick and rich-tasting, one half of the fruit adds 7-8 grams of healthy fiber to help keep you feeling full longer.

Sweet mango, creamy avocado and non-dairy milk make up the bulk of this protein smoothie. With belly-filling fiber from the avocado and chia seed/flax and a good dose of protein, fruit and veggies, this simple recipe is great for an on-the-go breakfast, pre or post-workout drink or a light meal when you are short on time. The colors are perfect for Halloween too – so if your kids are afraid of green food (ie. spinach), maybe they will be more willing to give it a try since it’s festive…a bonus for you is they will be eating/drinking plenty of nutrients!

If you really aren’t a fan of adding greens to your smoothie, feel free to leave out the fresh spinach…however, it is completely undetectable (I promise) and is just an easy way to incorporate more veggies into your day! No excuses on the avocado though because it isn’t a vegetable – it’s a fruit, so don’t be scared :)

Creamy Monster Mash Smoothie

Ingredients

1 medium avocado, coarsely chopped (to fit in blender)
1 cup non-dairy milk (coconut, almond, rice etc) OR 1 cup orange juice OR 1/2 cup milk and 1/2 cup orange juice
1 handful of baby spinach, optional
1 scoop of protein powder
2 tsp chia seed or ground flaxseed meal
1 fresh mango, chopped (or 1 cup frozen)
ice cubes, optional

Directions

1. Add all ingredients to blender and blend until well combined. Enjoy!

Serves 2 (or one really large)

This is my submission to Ricki’s Wellness Weekend this week!

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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sonia The Healthy Foodie  |  October 30, 2011 at 5:17 am

    Avocado in a smoothie! LOVE!!!! Must be insanely creamy!

    Does it become brown after only a couple of minutes, of does it stay nice and green for a little while? I tend to make my smoothies before I leave for work, and there is a window of at least one and a half hour between the time when I make it and the time when I actually consume it (although I can’t resist taking small “sips” on my way to work, but let’s not tell anyone)

    Not sure a grey brown smoothie would look too good.

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    • 2. naturalnoshing  |  October 31, 2011 at 2:25 pm

      Definitely makes it creamy! You’d like adding avocado to your smoothies since you have been lovin’ on smoothies lately!
      My smoothies don’t last very long since I consume them quickly after blending but adding any citrus (orange, lemon or lime) juice would help it stay green longer, unless you added berries or beets or cocoa or another darker colored ingredient and then you wouldn’t notice the color much :)

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  • 3. A Tablespoon of Liz  |  October 30, 2011 at 8:01 am

    These look so good! And just in time for halloween!

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  • 4. Sonnet  |  November 1, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    It’s been way too long since I added some avocado to my green smoothies. I’m definitely getting back in the habit this week! :)

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    • 5. naturalnoshing  |  November 1, 2011 at 2:43 pm

      Love the creaminess when you add avocado! Glad I am not the only one :) Btw, your coconut lentil curry soup looks really yummy!

      Reply
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  • 7. B Doyle  |  March 29, 2013 at 10:57 am

    yum

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  • 8. glutenfreevegandelicious  |  May 16, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Looks Delish! :) I wanted to ask: what kind of protein powder do you use?

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    • 9. naturalnoshing  |  May 22, 2013 at 10:53 am

      I’ve used SunWarrior vanilla brown rice protein, Jay Robb”s vanilla egg white protein and Chocolate Vega — depends on what is available at the store. I used to use Jay Robb’s whey as well but an leaning more toward the egg white protein these days :)

      Reply

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