Tonight, when I got home from yoga, I was craving two things: a smoothie and an avocado. So, I decided to combine the two.
It turned out amazingly delicious.
This was the first time I had ever included an avocado in my smoothie and I was a little worried at first. I don’t know why though — the avocado was amazing. It makes the smoothie so rich and creamy and smooth.
This smoothie is so full of good fats that it will keep you satiated for hours. I now add avocado to almost every smoothie I make for an extra boost of fat. I also pretty much always include a dollop of coconut oil too.
I’m going to share the basic recipe with you and then suggest some additional options for the smoothie. Like all smoothies, you really can tailor this to suit your own tastes and whatever you have on hand!
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Quick Note On Gelatin Types: I always like to add a tablespoon or so of gelatin into my smoothies for added nutrition. When it comes to gelatin, you don’t want any old gelatin off the supermarket shelves. You want to look for 100% grass-fed gelatin from healthy animals. That is why I recommend Vital Proteins Grass-Fed Gelatin products exclusively. I have compared this brand with other brands on the market and the quality far surpasses anything else I’ve tried. I am thrilled to be one of their affiliate partners and support such a great product.
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Shout out to my friend Suzanne from Strands of My Life for shooting the photo for this recipe!
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1 cup full-fat coconut milk
- ½ cup coconut water (Taste Nirvana is may favorite)
- 1 large handful greens (spinach, lettuce, chard, etc.)
- 2-4 sprigs parsley (stem and all)
- 1 tbsp. cold-soluble grass-fed gelatin (see note above)
- 5-10 drops stevia (or, you can omit if you're going completely sweet-free)
- In a high-powered blender (I LOVE my Vitamix!), combine avocado, coconut milk tonic, and coconut water until smooth.
- Add the greens, parsley, and stevia and blend.
- Slowly sprinkle the gelatin powder into the blender with it running. This will help it blend in w/out becoming lumpy.
- Add ice until you reach the desired consistency.
- This would also taste great with fresh or frozen fruit added in like berries, pineapple, or strawberries. The smoothie is rich and creamy and gives you another couple servings of veggies and good fats, something we can all use.