My Favorite Healthy Smoothie Recipe
Chocolate Avocado Smoothie
This nutrient-rich smoothie tastes like a chocolate milkshake but is sweetened with dates and packs a healthy punch of antioxidants and healthy fats.
What I love about this smoothie is that it's filling enough to enjoy as breakfast, a light lunch, or you can use it as a healthy snack or desert replacement. And it's filled with the vitamins, antioxidants, and healthy fats that your body needs. Pumpkin seeds are a good source of antioxidants, magnesium, zinc and fatty acids; flax seeds are full of Omega 3s and B vitamins, as well as magnesium, calcium, and phosphorous; avocados are filling and a good source of healthy fats; and spinach is an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C and folate. But don't worry, I promise, you won't be able to taste it!
The pumpkin and flax seeds are optional because they do add a little chewiness to the smoothie. I don't mind this at all. I find it adds some complexity and makes the smoothie more filling, and of course more healthy. But if you don't like the extra texture, you can skip these ingredients.
Chocolate Avocado Smoothie Recipe
- 3/4 cup water or milk alternative of your choice
- 4 Medjool dates, pitted
- 1/4 avocado
- 1 tablespoon cacao powder
- 1 tablespoon pea protein
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 handful fresh spinach or 1/4 cup frozen spinach
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds (optional)
- 1 tablespoon flax seed (optional)
- 1 cup ice cubes
- In a high-speed blender, combine all ingredients except for the ice, and blend until very smooth.
- Add the ice and blend again until the smoothie has more of a milkshake-like texture. You can add as much ice as needed to achieve the texture you want, but keep in mind that extra ice will dilute the chocolate flavor. Serve right away.
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