Avocado and Kale Smoothie Recipe


Avocado SmoothieSmoothies made with superfoods like avocado and kale make it easy to get concentrated nutrition into your family’s diet. They can also be a great way to have highly nutritious greens, that don’t always lend themselves to simple recipes.

Using avocado in this recipe adds a creaminess, flavor and some wonderful nutritional properties. Mixed with all the minerals, vitamins and phytonutrients in kale, along with banana and kiwi fruit, this makes for an incredibly energizing and very tasty green treat.

Ingredients for 2

  • Half a ripe avocado.
  • A handful of organic kale. Unfortunately, healthy as it is, conventionally grown kale often has pesticide residues. If this is all you can find, soak it in sodium bicarbonate and lemon juice first or use veggie wash. Ideally though, organic is best.
  • One medium sized banana.
  • Two kiwi fruit. Scooping out the fruit from the skin with a teaspoon is much quicker than trying to pare the skin off with a knife.
  • Around a cup of unflavored cultured yogurt (not the ‘fruit’ stuff filled with sugar).
  • A handful of ice cubes.

Optional Ingredients

  • 1 cup of diced papaya for many more health nutrients, along with proteolytic enzymes for digestive health.
  • 3 tablespoons of fresh flaxseed meal increases the already high fiber content in this smoothie and adds essential omega-3 and estrogen controlling lignans.
  • 1 cup of chopped pineapple gives extra antioxidants, vitamins and digestive enzymes. A good blender will handle the pineapple core so make sure you add it as it contains the most bromalain.
  • 3 tablespoons of raw pumpkin seeds for more vitamins and minerals, along with phytosterols and special DHT inhibiting nutrients.

How to Make a Kale and Avocado Smoothie

If you enjoy making and drinking smoothies, it makes sense to get a good blender. I’ve had them in the past and found cheap blenders are false economy. Ice or any harder ingredients quickly wears them out and they seldom blend leafy greens like kale very well.

The difference, once I got this Cusinart 1000 watt blender, was amazing. Ice, nuts, seeds and other harder ingredients are all blended up instantly. Even tougher greens like parsley stems are pureed and drunk down with all the nutrients released from the fiber.

To quickly make this refreshing drink, first add your banana and yogurt, then push down the handful of kale and top it off with the avocado, kiwi fruit and ice.

Blend it all up by starting on medium and then high until it is smooth and creamy.

This recipe has a generous helping of vitamin C to help prevent oxidization, but it’s still best to enjoy it as soon as you finish blending. I’d appreciate hearing what you think of this avocado and kale smoothie and any other variations that you’ve tried and enjoyed.

There’s more smoothies and other great tasting recipes using very health foods in the Superfood Recipes section.

Photo 1 credit with thanks: ktmadeblog

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6 Responses to “Avocado and Kale Smoothie Recipe”

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  1. Christina says:

    This recipe looks delicious…just as a side note: most papaya you should buy organic as well. This is because most of the papaya you will find in the grocery store is genetically modified from Hawaii.

  2. Lori says:

    That was delicious, thank you!

  3. Jacque20Leo says:

    Here’s a tip on how to keep handy the leafy greens like kale, spinach, parsley and such without spoiling: I blend up my greens in the blender with some good filtered water, as much as it requires (start slow) add as u go. Then pour this mixture into ice cube trays. After frozen, remove and keep frozen in ziplock bags. When you get out your blender to make smoothies, no matter what kind, you can add a few to half a dozen cubes to get your greens with no trouble.

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