Blueberry Avocado Spinach Smoothie. My go-to for crushing those cravings for thick & creamy milkshakes or blended sugary slushies.
This is like sippable blueberry pie in the form of a refreshing fruity smoothie.
It’s perfect as a:
- deliciously portable + drinkable breakfast
- sweet mid-afternoon pick me up snack
- quick + protein-packed way to get some good whole food fuel in you before your next workout
This is not your standard green smoothie. And it’s definitely not one of those swamp concoctions where you pinch your nose and give yourself a pep talk first.
This is a stealthier, sneakier, more covert kind of green smoothie. The type of green smoothie that woke up one day and decided it felt like maybe purple was “really more my color”.
It’s packed with antioxidant boosted blueberries, naturally sweetened with frozen bananas, and finished off with a squeeze of tart lemon juice to bring it all together. Plus the creamy avocado and leafy green spinach keep it nutrient dense and vitamin rich so you can feel good about it all.
So tasty, you may want to make a double batch (so you don’t have to bother sharing sips with any would-be smoothie thieves).
I like to share things like French fries or appetizers or pizza. Big things that require a group to take down bite by bite.
But if it’s a small thing (that also happens to be a sweet thing), I can get a little bit possessive. I’m semi-territorial about food that I think is MY food. Do you do this? Please say yes. It will make me feel like less of a smoothie guarding she-wolf and more like a normal(ish) smoothie adoring human.
I love the idea of hiding tasty goodies in my smoothie that are also good for me. Avocados and blueberries have ingredients that are good for my inside (win) and my outside (double WIN).
Outside being my hair, nails, and skin.
Confession time. You see, dear reader, I have this somewhat absurd fear that one day I will wake up and my skin will have aged overnight. I’m talking instantly. As in rapidly advancing time without warning. Like daylight savings time where you lose an hour but instead of waking up short on sleep you find that the clock was cranked forward to many decades later in your life.
All those beachy San Diego summers of my childhood will have come back to haunt me. I can hear them even now, knocking at my door. Whispers of the all-nighters I pulled studying in college, days // nights filled with FAR too much caffeine, and those somewhat boozier nights I either can’t remember or respectfully decline to talk about ever again.
These I fear will all catch up to me in one glorious “AH HAH”, “GOTCHA!”, “we told you so!” moment.
Given that I live (and blog about) a relatively healthy lifestyle, don’t drink alcohol, exercise, cloak myself in sunscreen religiously, and work inside on a computer ALL day – these fears are not just unfounded but entirely ridiculous. Not to mention vain and absurdly superficial and all those embarrassing things.
If anything, I could probably stand to get a little more sunshine into my day and might be well on my way to becoming a semi-vampire in my home office (aka apartment cave).
Which brings me to this. If you tell me some superfood vitamin-packed nutrient dense smoothie has the potential to help me play in the figurative fountain of youth forever, well then.
SIGN. ME. UP.
Okay, so it may not be the fountain of youth. But it is yummy. And simple. And quick. Just the way we like a recipe to be.
You can whip it up for yourself in a matter of minutes and treat your body to a tall glass of berry tasty nourishment.
I like to add things to the blender first that are easiest for the blender to breakdown – liquids and soft, fresh fruits or veggies or leafy greens. Then I pile in any extra add-ins like nut butters, maca or cocoa powder, spices, protein powders, yogurt, oats, or seeds. Lastly I add in the frozen fruit or veggies and blend away.
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I like using frozen fruit instead of adding in ice because it gives me that cold, frozen texture I love without watering down any of the flavors.
Let’s talk about the green stuff. The avocado enhances the creaminess of the sweet banana, while adding a dose of good fats into the mix.
And the spinach? No worries. It is not the least bit bitter and you won’t even notice it’s there. I mean look at that glass. Blueberry flecks galore but no green chunks floating around. It doesn’t factor into the taste one bit. It’s like a nutritious magic trick brought to you by your blender. Just think of it like you stumbled upon a totally new way to eat a salad and have a sweet, sippable dessert instead.
Now let’s talk add-ins. All the extra goodies or boosters that make you feel like you have your very own froyo toppings bar situation happening. You could even serve this poured into a bowl with fresh sliced fruit and granola on top and have yourself a big breakfast smoothie bowl.
My favorite add-ins to make it taste like full-blown blueberry pie are:
- 1 tablespoon of peanut butter or PB2 powdered peanut butter (extra thick and creamy texture)
- 2 tablespoons rolled oats (extra texture and fiber)
- 1 teaspoon of maca powder (for a caffeine-free energy boost)
- chia seeds (omega 3’s, protein, and fiber)
- a sprinkle of coconut on top
And if I’m feeling extra green, I might add in a scoop of my favorite supergreens to round out the whole good-for-you vibe of this smoothie.
I couldn’t do a juice cleanse (I have tried and it was not my favorite thing), but I could probably be just fine on an all smoothie diet for a day or five. Milkshake cleanse, is that a thing? If it’s not, I feel like we should really jump on this. Let’s get that going.
In the meantime, go get your glow on from the inside-out. Starting with this smoothie.
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MORE HEALTHY SMOOTHIE RECIPES:
Healthy recipe for a creamy Blueberry Avocado Spinach Smoothie. Just blend + eat!! Great as an on-the-go breakfast smoothie or a sweet protein-packed pre-workout snack.
- ½ ripe avocado
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- ½ frozen very ripe banana
- ¾ c almond milk
- 2 c spinach
- juice of 1 lemon
- pinch of cinnamon
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (or half a cup of Greek Yogurt)*
- 1 tsp chia seeds / ground flaxseed / psyllium husks
- 1 tbs nut butter
- 1 tbs dessicated coconut
- 2 tbs rolled oats
- 1 tsp maca powder
- 1 scoop supergreens powder
- ASSEMBLE INGREDIENTS: Layer ingredients in the blender. In the first layer add the liquids – almond milk, lemon juice. Then add the cinnamon, protein powder (or Greek yogurt), and any other add-ins you will be using here. Then add spinach and avocado. And finally add the frozen ingredients – blueberries and banana.
- BLEND IT ALL UP: Attach lid securely and blend all ingredients. Turn off blender and scrape down the sides once if needed. Then blend again, pour into a glass and serve immediately.
*If you want to keep the recipe vegan-friendly, then choose a protein powder that is plant derived (like pea protein or rice protein) or use a coconut milk or soy milk based yogurt instead of dairy yogurt.
If you don’t want to use protein powder or yogurt, you can double up on the frozen banana until you get the creamy consistency you like.