Lately, all of my morning beverages have consisted of a frozen banana, 1 cup other frozen fruit (berries, mangoes, peaches, etc.), 1/2 avocado, 1 tbsp “superfood” seeds (chia, hemp, flax), 1 scoop of Amazing Grass Green Superfood Powder, a generous helping of kale, an herb (parsley, cilantro), a spice (cinnamon, cardamom, turmeric, vanilla bean), and a cup of my homemade nut milk kefir. Avocado transforms any smoothie into a ultra creamy, decadent treat of a breakfast while adding wonderfully beneficial polyunsaturated fats, antioxidants, and potassium. Two of my other favorite additions include lucuma powder, which I recently ordered from The Raw Food World and have since experimented with, and coconut flour, which adds a deliciously coconutty, tropical flavor to any smoothie without the relatively high amount of saturated fat in shredded coconut. While I realize that the saturated fat in coconuts contributes to raising the “good” HDL cholesterol and supposedly does not cause adverse effects on the body like the saturated fat found in animal products, I still feel more comfortable regulating my intake.
That said, this recipe constitutes one of my favorite smoothie blends to date. You could substitute frozen strawberries or pineapple for the mango or peaches, and replace the green powder with any protein powder of your choice (I suspect a vanilla-flavored one would work well). Of course, I don’t expect that everyone makes kefir out of their homemade nut milks, so feel free to employ any packaged brand of non-dairy milk.
Tropical Avocado Smoothie (Raw, Soy Free, Oil Free)
Makes one 16-oz smoothie.
- 1 frozen banana, sliced
- 1/2 cup frozen mango
- 1/2 cup frozen peaches
- 1 tbsp hemp or chia seeds
- 1 tbsp lucuma powder
- 1 scoop green/protein powder of choice
- 1-2 tbsp coconut flour
- 1/2 avocado
- 3-5 kale leaves, torn into small pieces
- 1/2 cup cilantro
- 1/4 tsp cardamom
- 1 cup non-dairy milk (perhaps your own homemade kefir, if possible!)
Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until very smooth. Serve topped with granola, dried fruit, or nuts.
Recipe submitted to Wellness Weekend.
Breakfast Checklist: Protein—almond milk kefir, nuts if topping. Whole Grain—granola if topping. Fruit—banana, mango, peaches, avocado, dried fruit if topping. Leafy Green—kale, cilantro. “Super Food”—chia seeds, green powder, lucuma powder.
Local Ingredients: Peaches from the Door County Fruit Market (frozen from last summer).
Comment Provoking Questions: What are your favorite fruits and veggies to add to smoothies? Favorite flavor additions? How do you use coconut powder? Which protein powder, if any, do you buy?
Until next time, Ali.