Frugal Foodie Mama: Tropical Green Goddess Smoothie

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Tropical Green Goddess Smoothie

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I am bringing you all a different kind of green smoothie today.  The green is this Tropical Green Goddess Smoothie does not come from leafy greens this time.  The green in this creamy, tangy, & sweet healthy smoothie is mashed avocado! 

Yep, folks.  Avocado.

Avocados are already so creamy and have such a mild taste that they work perfectly into fruit smoothies.  And because the avocado makes this smoothie so darn creamy, I left out the yogurt when making this one resulting in a delicious dairy-free option for Green Smoothie Week on the blog. :)
(P.S. You can make any of the green smoothie recipes I am sharing this week dairy free by subbing soy or coconut milk yogurt for the low fat or Greek yogurt.)

Avocados have had a bad rap in the past for being considered "fatty", but the good news is that the fats in avocados are the good kind- the kind that helps lower cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart disease.  And did you know that an avocado has more potassium than a banana??  

I blended the avocado with some tropical favorites like mango, coconut, and pineapple. After blending this one up, I pretty much closed my eyes and daydreamed that I was sipping on this refreshing, fruity smoothie on a warm beach somewhere. ;)
Tropical Green Goddess Smoothie
by Frugal Foodie Mama
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: None
Ingredients (1 smoothie)
  • 1/2 cup of chopped mango (fresh or frozen), about 1/2 of a medium mango
  • 1/2 frozen banana, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of chopped pineapple (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 tbsp shredded coconut
  • 1/4 of a ripe avocado, cubed and mashed
  • 1/2 cup of almond of coconut milk
  • Drizzle of honey, if needed
Instructions
Add all ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Pop a straw in your blender cup or pour into a glass and enjoy! Top with a sprinkle of shredded coconut, if desired.

**Tip- The easiest way to cut an avocado is to slice the avocado in half lengthwise. Insert the tip of your knife into the seed and twist- it should come right out. You can cube the avocado right in the peel- just slice vertically in 1/4 inch slices & then horizontally across in 1/4 inch slices. Then simply use a spoon to scoop out the cubed avocado from the peel. Easy, peasy!
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Even though this green smoothie does not have any leafy greens in it, you could certainly add a small handful of spinach or kale to this to boost the nutrition and vitamins in this. 

Are you a fan of avocados?  What is your favorite way to eat them?  

There are many more green smoothie recipes coming to the blog this week for Green Smoothie Week, so stay tuned friends. 
In the meantime, be sure you click on over to get entered to win two of my favorite smoothie blender- one for you and one for friend! Plus, there is a printable shopping and prep list in the giveaway post with everything you need to do and have on hand for this week's green smoothie recipes!
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