Orange Avocado Smoothie
A nutrient packed green smoothie made with banana, fresh juicy oranges and avocado. So smooth and creamy you would never guess it’s dairy-free!
Can you imagine what winter would be like without citrus?
For me it would be entirely unbearable. I view it as nature’s gift to us. The bright colors, the refreshing scents, the plethora of precious vitamin C. It’s literally like sunshine on a cloudy day. <name that tune!
I don’t normally drink a lot of smoothies in the winter because, um hello, it’s freaking cold. But an orange smoothie is one I’ll make an exception for.
Last year I showed you this Fresh Orange Creamsicle Smoothie which is still one of my favorites, but this year I’ve been all about the avocados for breakfast so I decided to add that to the mix as well.
Why have I been all about the avocados, you ask?
Well for one, they make for a bangin’ smoothie and for two, because I started eating them in place of my daily yogurt. Kind of a strange swap, I know, but I’ve been trying to slowly wean myself off of dairy and yogurt was the first thing to go.
I’ve eaten it daily since going vegetarian because it’s such a convenient way to get a good amount of protein, probiotics and vitamin B-12. However, the more research I continue to do on certified humane/pasture-raised dairy farming practices coupled with the effects that eating it has on our hormones, the more turned off I am. I haven’t given it up entirely (damn Amy’s pizza) and it might just be a phase, but who knows, it might be permanent too. I haven’t decided yet. We’ll see how it makes me feel long term!
In the meantime, I’ll be enjoying avocados that are packed with healthy fats and nutrients that help stabilize hormones. #avocadosFTW
Anyways, back to the smoothie. Between the frozen banana and orange, it has a light tropical flavor that will instantly make you feel like you’re on a Hawaiian beach. <one can only dream
The avocado and the almond milk give it a smooth and creamy texture that’s almost like a milkshake. But without the dairy because we don’t need it, obviously. ;)
1/2 ripe banana, frozen
1 orange (or two clementines), peeled*
1 cup baby spinach leaves
1 and 1/2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
*Freezing the citrus prior to blending gives the smoothie a thicker texture. However, using them fresh gives it a stronger citrus flavor.
AND because it’s the last Thursday of the month (January, where did you go?), it’s time for another healthy recipe round-up! Check out all of the mouth-watering ways my friends came up with to eat citrus:
Kale Mandarin Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing from The Roasted Root
Grapefruit Baked Oatmeal with Walnut Streusel from Immaeathat
Small Batch Raspberry Lemon Bars from The Lean Green Bean
Lemon Baked Oatmeal Cups from Hummusapien
Healthy 1 Minute Lemon Poppyseed Muffin from The Big Man’s World