Packed full of blueberries, strawberries, avocado, and the natural protein power of greek yogurt, this berry avocado smoothie is a great post workout boost.
It’s January and the focus for a lot of us is to drop a few pounds. For me, that focus centers around working out and nourishing my body to keep it strong. This requires a balanced healthy diet, that can keep up with my activity level.
Healthy, as a word, has become so subjective that it means something different for each of us. For me, healthy includes sweeteners that are not chemically produced, products with words I can pronounce, and things without unnecessary additives. For you it may mean vegan friendly, gluten-free, or dairy-free. Bottom line, healthy means that it is compliant with the diet you choose to nourish your body. For me, this berry avocado smoothie is a healthy way to get that post workout boost without relying on protein powders, shake mixes, or artificial sweeteners.
The avocado provides healthy fats, the yogurt and milk provide calcium and protein, the berries bring the antioxidants and vitamins we need to stay on track. While the honey does have some added health benefits, I really only use it to add a bit of sweetness. It is optional and when I have super ripe fruit I often leave it out all together.
Like most smoothies, this one also requires the right equipment: a blender. Blenders today come in many forms: stick blenders, basic blenders, and super powerful blenders like Ninja or Vitamix. I use the mini food processor attachment that came with my stick blender. If I was a daily smoothie drinker, I’d probably invest in something a little less messy, but it does the job.
For this berry avocado smoothie I like to use frozen fruit. During the summer months I am able to get my hands on fresh berries that are cheaper than frozen ones. If I don’t get the chance to eat them all before they start to turn bad I’ll pop them in the freezer. When winter time comes I can pull perfectly ripe frozen berries from my stash and whip them into smoothies. If you are picking up frozen fruit in the freezer section make sure to check the ingredients for added sugar.
The avocado can be fresh or frozen. I find that the flavor of the avocado changes when it’s been frozen, so I prefer fresh, but I know lots of people who think I’m crazy and love the frozen ones. You will only need half of one for this recipe. I like to store the second half in a re-useable container. Put a bit of water in the bottom and add a few drops of lemon juice. Place the avocado cut side down in the container, seal it up and it should keep in the fridge for 2 – 3 days without turning brown.
Measure into your blender of choice 8 – 12 strawberries, 1/4 cup of blueberries, 1/2 of an avocado, 1/2 cup of greek yogurt (I prefer 2%), 1 cup of milk of your choice. I like 1% cow’s milk with this recipe, as the cultures in the yogurt make it easier to digest. I’ve also used coconut milk, soy milk, and lactose free milk, the choice is up to you. Blend all the ingredients until smooth and then taste. If it needs a little help in the sweet department add the honey, blend to combine and serve.
This recipe makes either 2 – 10 ounce smoothies or 1 – 20 ounce smoothies. I have made this combination in advance and it has kept well in the fridge for a day or two without compromising the flavors. If I had a proper blender, I would be tempted to make it in batches for less clean up!
Is losing weight on your to-do list for 2016? What’s your favorite smoothie flavor combination? What is your go to treat for after an intense workout? Let me know in the comments below!
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Berry Avocado Smoothie
- 1/2 of an avocado
- 1/4 cup blueberries
- 8 - 12 strawberries stems removed
- 1/2 cup 2% greek yogurt
- 1 cup lowfat milk
- 1 tsp raw honey optional
Add avocado, blueberries, strawberries, yogurt, and milk to the blender.
Blend until smooth.
Taste, then add honey if using.
Serve or refrigerate for up to 2 days.