Avocado Island Green Smoothie
This filling tropical smoothie is packed with nutritious ingredients like avocado, flaxseeds, and greens. (You’d never know it though – it tastes amazing and has plenty of tropical flavor!) If you’re in need of some fuel for busy mornings, this island green smoothie has you covered!
Why I Love This Green Smoothie Recipe
Even though it’s far from beach weather here in Michigan, I can still get down with tropical flavors. Nothing brightens a gloomy, cold day like a fresh, vibrant smoothie. If you close your eyes while sipping your island green smoothie, you can almost feel the ocean breeze on your skin. Almost. (Still pretty darn cold here.)
As an added plus, this recipe is also good for you! More on that below…
I’m a big green smoothie fan because frankly, sometimes I don’t feel like eating my veggies. It’s much easier to drink them sometimes. Just throw in a handful of whatever greens you have on hand and you’re set!
This smoothie is also super satisfying because it’s a good source of fiber and unsaturated fats.
The fiber in this recipe comes mostly from avocado and flaxseeds. Fiber keeps you full, but it also helps with digestion and keeping your heart healthy. Curious about how much fiber you need and how to get more of it? Check out my Fiber 101 post!
The fat in this recipe comes from avocado, flaxseeds (yep, these two again), and coconut yogurt. You can use either dairy-based or non-dairy yogurt in this recipe. Both will contain some fat (and flavor)! Fat helps us feel satisfied after meals, but it also helps keep our hormones healthy. Fat is not the enemy!
How to Blend Like a Pro
I usually make smoothies in single-servings, so the recipe below is for one. If you’d like to serve a crowd, just multiply the recipe as needed and use a full-sized blender. I personally use a Ninja blender and I love that it gives me the option to use a large or single-serving blender depending on how many people want to drink smoothies with me!
- Make it less creamy — add more ice
- Dairy-free — use yogurt made from coconut milk or any non-dairy yogurt you enjoy
- Higher fiber — add more flaxseeds and an extra cup of greens
- To feed a crowd — multiply as needed and add to a large blender instead of an individual-sized one
- Make it sweeter — Avocado can be bitter sometimes. To counteract that, add more pineapple and/or a teaspoon of agave nectar.
- For a lower-fat smoothie — omit the avocado
- Make this a higher-calorie smoothie — add more flaxseeds and a scoop of protein powder
Avocado Island Green Smoothie
- ½ cup coconut milk (any type – I used vanilla)
- 5.3 ounce coconut yogurt (or 1 small container)
- ¼ medium avocado
- ½ cup frozen pineapple
- 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
- 1 cup power greens (any leafy greens will do)
- ½ tbsp shredded coconut optional
- 1 wedge fresh pineapple optional
- Place ingredients in the blender and blend – that's it!
- Please note that nutrition facts are an estimate and can vary widely based on amounts and specific types used.
- Nutrition facts were calculated without garnishes.
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Originally posted on 11/8/18. Updated on 1/24/21.