Leprechaun juice! That’s what I should have called this Spinach and Avocado Smoothie! Healthy, creamy & smooth, and tastes like a mint milkshake!
Spinach Avocado Smoothie Superfood Shamrock Shake
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I thought I would share a delicious smoothie recipe that I just discovered this weekend!
Before you turn your nose to the idea of drinking spinach and avocado together, trust me when I tell you that you’ll love the flavors in this smoothie.
Avocados are high in fat, but it’s the good kind of fat that will keep you full for hours, and avocados have lots of vitamins and antioxidants!
Spinach is another superfood, and the two together are delicious.
I know you’ll love this smoothie because I added some peppermint extract, so it tastes like a scrumptious shake 🙂
I got out of my comfort zone a bit for this combination, and I’m sure glad I did! As soon as I took a sip, I thought, Ohhh, I gotta share this one!
I put the rest of the smoothie in a prettier cup, set up a little area to take photos, and then grabbed my camera.
As I took a couple of pictures, trying to see where the best natural light was coming from, I heard a clink.
This is what happened —> #photooftheday – spinach and avocado smoothie gone very wrong!
A little gust of wind knocked my backdrop onto the glass.
Annoying! I was bummed to have to clean up that mess, but even more disappointed that I only got a couple of sips out of the whole drink!
After some grumbling, and a few potty mouth words, back to the kitchen I went to make another batch!
My friend, Sarah mentioned that it was the tricks of a leprechaun that caused the havoc – lol.
Versatile Spinach and Avocado Smoothie Recipe
One of the things I love about the combination of the ingredients in this smoothie is that it’s completely versatile.
Adding Protein To Smoothies
For instance, if you want an afternoon in between meal snack, then adjust the amount of protein you add.
The brands I use are usually between 20-24 grams of protein per serving. 24 grams of protein is a meal replacement for me, so for a snack I will add half of a serving.
For a few more ideas, Healthline summarizes 7 of the best protein powders.
Ice or no ice?
For this recipe I added ice to get that cold frothy texture. I find that it adds bulk to the smoothie and the overall appearance is more appealing.
Another way to get that same texture is to freeze the avocado. This method can be a little trickier if the avocado is exposed to air prior to freezing then your smoothie may be a brown color when blended.
Still tastes delicious, but just not the bright vibrant green you see in the photos.
- 1 cup milk of your choice (I use an unsweetened almond & coconut blend)
- 1 serving vanilla protein powder (adjust to the amount of protein you want to add)
- 1 cup baby spinach, loosely packed
- 1/2 small avocado
- 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- sweetener of your choice (Stevia, coconut sugar, honey, xylitol) optional
- 1-2 cups ice
Adjust the protein powder to the amount of protein you prefer. Half of a serving of the brand I use is 12 grams of protein, a good amount for a snack or in between meal. For a meal replacement, I added the whole service of protein for 24 grams.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 418Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 213mgCarbohydrates: 12gNet Carbohydrates: 4gFiber: 8gSugar: 2gProtein: 24g
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Recipe inspired from Real Food Shamrock Shake by Dietitian Cassie
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