Sometimes great recipes don’t need to be complicated, and today’s avocado smoothie recipe is a perfect example. Calling for only five ingredients and a blender, the smoothie delivers an amazing creamy consistency and tastes just like vanilla ice cream.
Add-ins like bananas or spinach are also a great way to incorporate more veggies and fruits into your daily diet.
What Does Avocado Taste Like?
Once ripe, avocados have a soft, dense, and buttery melt-in-your-mouth texture. The flavor itself is quite mild, earthy, and nutty, but fresh. Some species of avocado leave a subtle sweet taste on your palate.
Packed with nutritious fruit, our avocado smoothie has some impressive health benefits.
The drink is a rich source of healthy fat. Avocado is actually the only fruit that contains heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids (oleic acid).
Avocados also include nutrients that are critical for the immune system’s health, such as vitamin C, B6, and E. Half an avocado supplies 30% of your daily Vitamin B6 needs, a nutrient that aids in the suppression of inflammation and protection against oxidative damage.
To sum up, avocados are high in nutrients that are necessary for maintaining good health, and frequent consumption of avocado dishes like salads and smoothies may help enhance the overall quality of your diet.
Our tropical-tasting avocado smoothie is beyond simple. Here’s all you need:
Avocado: Ripe avocados give the smoothie an amazing velvety texture with a creamy taste. Plus, the fruit is packed with healthy fats.
Milk: For vegan avocado smoothies, you can substitute the milk for plant-based milk, coconut water, or juice.
Sugar: A dash for extra sweetness. You can opt for honey or maple syrup.
Ice: A quick way to turn the mixture into the ultimate cold drink.
Mint Leaves: For garnishing and giving a taste of summer’s vibe.
With incredible versatility, avocado also goes splendidly with various other fruits and veggies. Pair it with strawberry, papaya, and berries to switch things up, or if you want to sneak in a little green, spinach also makes a fantastic combination.
How to Peel and Cut an Avocado
If you want to yield the most avocado flesh while maintaining the aesthetic for presentation, all you need is a cutting board, a sharp knife, and, of course, our tips.
1. How to Cut
Choose a ripe avocado and place it on a cutting board. It’s always best to cut the avocado in half lengthwise, down the seed, and all the way around.
Separate the two parts, twisting gently if necessary. Then carefully tap the back edge of the knife into the pit and lift straight up to remove the seed.
2. How to Peel
Slice the halves in two to get four slices of avocado. If your avocado is quite a large one, continue to cut it until you have six or eight slices.
Grab the avocado skin from the top and gently pull it away from the flesh. For some thick-skinned avocados, use a spoon to scoop the meat out of the skin.
Can You Freeze Avocados for Smoothies?
Avocados can be frozen and, in their frozen state, they work wonderfully in smoothies. When you’re ready to make smoothies, simply transfer your frozen avocado directly to the blender.
Though most nutrients are preserved during freezing, the flesh might turn brown and become mushy once thawed. For this reason, you might not want to use frozen avocado in dishes like salads or as a spread for toasts.
How to Keep Avocados Fresh
When it comes to storage, avocados are tricky. You often have to wait until they ripen, whereupon the fruit quickly speeds past the sweet and delicious spot into a mushy and rancid mess.
Thus, after buying avocados, store them properly to get the most value.
For whole, unripe avocados: If you refrigerate avocados too early, they won’t ripen completely. To accelerate the ripening process, place avocados in a plastic or paper bag. This helps concentrate the ethylene gas, causing the fruits to ripen more quickly.
Be sure to check the avocados daily as with this method they can reach ripeness before you know it.
For whole, ripe avocados: Place the avocados in the fridge to keep them fresh for up to a week.
For cut, ripe avocados: Once cut, there are a few tricks to keep the flesh green. They are all based on a simple rule: create a barrier between the avocado and air.
The first way is to top the flesh with a plastic wrapper. The plastic wrap should work as an airtight seal, thus preventing the avocados from oxidizing. Otherwise, brush the exposed flesh with lemon juice or olive oil, cover tightly with a plastic wrapper, and refrigerate.
How Long Does Avocado Smoothie Last?
Our avocado smoothie turns brown when exposed to air — this is a natural chemical reaction. Brown-surfaced avocado smoothies don’t mean that they’re going bad or rancid. In fact, they still retain many of the same properties as if they were green.
The avocado smoothie should be consumed within 2 hours. If you want to keep it from turning brown, seal it in an airtight container and place it in the fridge as soon as possible. Refrigerated avocado smoothies will last for up to 1 – 2 days.
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
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