This week’s guest post is from Victoria Giang, the food blogger behind How Daily. While there’s a ton of recipes out there for smoothies, this one is my favorite. It tastes so good you don’t even care if it is healthy! Of course, me being me has to add some cacao powder. Afterall, I seem to add it everything. 😉
One of the more talked about ways of eating healthier is the Paleo Diet. I have started trying to eat “cleaner” to help me reduce my weight and since the Paleo diet calls for more veggies and nuts, I am hoping to see some anti-inflammatory advantages.
I do love avocado and as it has lots of health benefits by itself, I try to incorporate it into more than just guacamole.
Dairy is very disagreed upon in the Paleo world, some say you can have grass-fed dairy but I have not got the time or patience (or extra money for that matter) to hunt that down at the health food store. So, we are using coconut milk which IS allowed.
But I miss milkshakes!
Bananas are a Paleo food, but personally, I don’t like to eat a plain banana. However, you can’t even taste it in this smoothie but it adds greatly to the creaminess of this smoothie, making it closer to a “real” milkshake.
For a refreshingly cool spin on avocado we have the Paleo Avocado Coconut Smoothie – a healthy alternative to a milkshake, that is tasty enough to have as dessert! The avocado gives it a creamy texture and the coconut milk adds a tropical taste.
Making this recipe is so easy. All you need is just a good blender and a few ingredients below. Then you’re ready to go. Let’s make it.
Yields Serves 2
1 large, just ripened avocado
1½ cup unsweetened coconut milk
3 Tbsp raw honey (to desired sweetness)
½ cup crushed ice, optional
- Cut avocado in half and remove pit. Scoop flesh out of the skin with a spoon. Peel the banana. Slice if you like.
- Combine all the ingredients except ice in a blender. Blend until smooth. Add in ice if you are using and blend to desired thickness.
- Serve immediately or chill until serving. If you are going to serve later, put plastic wrap over the actual surface of the smoothie to keep the avocado from changing colors.
I love baby spinach. My husband and boy do NOT.
To turn this into an even healthier treat without changing the taste, add one cup of baby spinach. It will add to the color and nutrients but your kids (or significant other) won’t even know they are drinking it!
Sometimes, I will add another extra half banana if I have too many on hand awaiting ripening. Also, half a teaspoon of lime juice really peps up the tropical flair and brings out the flavors of the other ingredients.
Enjoy this smoothie as:
- After a workout
- An afternoon pick-me-up
- And yes, even as dessert!
This smoothie is one of my go-to recipes for any of the above and even just when I want a milkshake. One of the best reasons I can give you is that this recipe gets more nutrients into my kid and husband while tasting great, and in my kitchen, that is always a main goal.
Victoria Giang is a home cooking mom and a food blogger behind How Daily. She loves to share her recipes and culinary tips from her diversified experience of multi-cuture. Concocting smoothie recipes is one of her spare time hobbies.