Frugal Foodie Mama: Tropical Green Goddess Smoothie

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Tropical Green Goddess Smoothie

This delicious & dairy-free Tropical Green Goddess Smoothie gets its rich creaminess from a surprise secret ingredient- avocado!
This delicious & dairy-free Tropical Green Goddess Smoothie gets its rich creaminess from a surprise secret ingredient- avocado!

Post updated 1/30/18- This creamy Tropical Green Goddess Smoothie deserved some updated photos. I did leave one of the originals down below just so you all can see for yourself why this recipe so desperately needed a little face lift. ;)

I am bringing you all a different kind of green smoothie today. The green in this Tropical Green Goddess Smoothie not only comes from the leafy greens this time. The green in this creamy, tangy, & sweet healthy smoothie also comes from a little 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.)

This delicious & dairy-free Tropical Green Goddess Smoothie gets its rich creaminess from a surprise secret ingredient- avocado!
Original photo from my 2014 post

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??  

This delicious & dairy-free Tropical Green Goddess Smoothie gets its rich creaminess from a surprise secret ingredient- avocado!

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. ;)

This delicious & dairy-free Tropical Green Goddess Smoothie gets its rich creaminess from a surprise secret ingredient- avocado!


This delicious & dairy-free Tropical Green Goddess Smoothie gets its rich creaminess from a surprise secret ingredient- avocado!

Tropical Green Goddess Smoothie
by Frugal Foodie Mama
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: None
Ingredients (1 smoothie)
  • Large handful of fresh spinach or kale leaves
  • 1 cup water
  • 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)
  • 1/2 of a ripe avocado, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of almond of coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp shredded coconut
Instructions
Add the greens & water to the blender, & puree until smooth. Add the rest of the 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 additional 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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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. 

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