Need to add more healthy fat to your diet? This Avocado Smoothie with Leafy Greens is a good start.
My husband hit a plateau with his weight loss. My liver enzymes have been elevated due to NAFLD. I asked my doctor for an eating plan that would keep my blood sugars under control while protecting my liver and would also help my husband lose weight. He suggested I read The Plant Paradox (affiliate link).
We didn’t have any plans for the long Memorial Day weekend, so we decided to try the three-day “cleanse” outlined in the book. My husband dropped seven pounds and my fasting blood sugar decreased significantly. This avocado smoothie was our breakfast each day.
Warning: this smoothie is NOT sweet. I liked it just fine, but my husband felt the need to add a little bit of stevia.
Tips for Making an Avocado Smoothie
- Make sure your avocado is ripe; otherwise, you’ll have a chunky smoothie.
- If you only need one serving, make the full recipe and refrigerate the extra. Otherwise, there may not be enough volume in your blender to get a smooth consistency. Plus you’ll have breakfast already made for tomorrow!
- A cup of greens is basically a couple of handfuls. Don’t bother pulling out a measuring cup.
- Use whatever greens you like (or happen to have on hand). If you want to go all-spinach, for example, do it. I’ve tried various combinations of spinach, romaine, and kale. Don’t bother removing stems; your blender will take care of it for you.
- Need a little sweetness? Use a touch of honey or a few drops of stevia. (But try it without sweetener first. You might like it!)
Other Green Smoothies
If this smoothie isn’t your cup of tea, you might like one of these other options instead. Note that both of the following have more carbs than the avocado smoothie due to added fruit.
Avocado Smoothie with Leafy Greens
Dairy-free green smoothie featuring avocado, leafy greens, and mint.
- 2 cups baby spinach
- 1 cup baby kale
- 2 mint sprigs
- 1 avocado peeled and seed removed
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice freshly squeezed
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 cup ice cubes
Place spinach, kale, mint, avocado, lemon juice, and water in a high-powered blender. Add ice cubes last.
Blend on the smoothie setting or on high speed until mixture is smooth.
Feel free to substitute the greens used. Go all spinach or swap the kale for romaine lettuce, for example.
If you'd like to add a touch of sweetness, try a few drops of stevia or a tiny bit of honey.