Now that school is back in session, our mornings have become about a hundred times more hectic. Breakfast often gets pushed to the back burner.
There are some days when I feel like I simply cannot get a healthy breakfast into my kids as they are running out the door, no matter how hard I try, not to mention a healthy lunch for myself amidst busy deadlines while working at home.
Busy mornings are my favorite time to bring out the blender and make a batch of smoothies. While preparing lunches for the kids the night before, I cut up the fruits and veggies I need to make a delicious and nutritious breakfast shake.
When the morning comes, I simply throw the ingredients in, press blend, and pour. The kids are thrilled, and I am happy to send them off to school with full bellies.
Most of our favorite recipes include bananas. They taste great when paired with just about everything. And I always have avocados in the house for a quick lunch or snack. These make nutritious and creamy smoothie ingredients too.
So why not combine the two, and try the combo for breakfast at home? It was a big hit in my household! And I’m sure it will be for you as well.
Not only do smoothies serve as an excellent base for combining your favorite fruits quickly to create a beverage that’s nutritious and satisfying, they’re great for sneaking in veggies like spinach that those picky eaters won’t detect as easily.
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Avocados lend silkiness and a bright green hue to this nutritious smoothie brimming with bananas, spinach, sweet strawberries, and kiwi.
- 1/2 cup almond milk, plus more as needed
- 2 tablespoons honey, plus more to taste
- 1/2 cup packed baby spinach
- 1/2 ripe avocado
- 1 medium ripe banana, sliced
- 8 medium strawberries, stemmed and sliced (about 1/2 cup)
- 1 ripe kiwi, peeled and sliced
- 1/2 cup ice cubes, plus more as needed
- In a high-powered blender, pulse the almond milk, honey, spinach, avocado, banana, strawberries, kiwi, and ice until frothy and smooth. Adjust the consistency with additional almond milk or ice as needed.
- Taste for sweetness and add more honey if desired, and blend again to combine. Divide between two glasses, garnish with fruit, and serve.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Category: Smoothie
- Method: Blender
- Cuisine: Beverage
Keywords: smoothie, banana, avocado
Cooking By the Numbers…
Step 1 – Prep the Fruit
To pick a ripe avocado, give it a gentle squeeze. Your thumb should be able to press into it easily, but it shouldn’t feel so soft that it’s mushy or as if there’s air between the skin and the flesh. For more tips on picking and storing avocados, give this guide a once-over.
Slice the avocado in half around the pit, spoon out the flesh, then roughly chop.
As long as it’s fully ripe, avocado is so soft it will break down in the blender without being chopped first, but I find that smoothies blend quicker if you roughly chop all of the ingredients first – particularly if you don’t have a high-powered machine.
Slice the banana and strawberries, then peel the kiwi with a sharp paring knife and slice the flesh into rounds. You can also use one frozen banana.
I like to reserve a couple slivers of avocado and strawberry, as well as some banana or kiwi rounds, to give the drink a bright garnish.
Step 2 – Add Ingredients to the Blender
Measure the almond milk, honey, and spinach, then add them to the blender.
You can eyeball the milk, adding a little more as needed, if you want a runnier consistency for your smoothie. Oat, coconut, and soy milk also make delicious dairy-free options if you don’t consume nuts. Keep an eye out for vanilla varieties or add your own extract for a touch of extra flavor.
For a vegan smoothie, sub in a natural sweetener like maple syrup or agave for the honey.
Add the avocado, banana, strawberries, kiwi, and ice to the blender.
For a smoothie that blends flawlessly, add the liquids and lighter ingredients (like spinach) closest to the blade, then layer on sturdier ingredients so they’re further from the blade, ending with anything that’s frozen.
If your smoothie loads from the bottom and the blade is on top, add your ingredients in reverse order.
Step 3 – Pulse and Serve
On the blender’s highest speed, pulse the ingredients until frothy and smooth, adding more liquid or ice if needed.
Taste for sweetness, and if desired, add more honey.
Divide between two glasses, garnish with the avocado and strawberry slivers, and banana or kiwi rounds, and serve immediately.
Nothing beats starting the day with a healthy blend of fresh produce!
To rev-up the nutrition and health benefits of this creamy creation even more, check out some healthful superfood add-ins you can throw in.
Freshly squeezed orange juice is my favorite liquid option to add a citrusy kick to green drinks. What are your smoothie secrets?
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Photos by Fanny Slater, © Ask the Experts, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See our TOS for more details. Originally published on October 27, 2015. Last updated on February 4, 2022. With additional writing and editing by Fanny Slater and Allison Sidhu.
Nutritional information derived from a database of known generic and branded foods and ingredients and was not compiled by a registered dietitian or submitted for lab testing. It should be viewed as an approximation.
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