Blueberry Avocado and Spinach Superfood Smoothie

by Amy Stafford on November 2, 2013

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My favorite all time Blueberry Avocado and Spinach Superfood Smoothie, whew that’s a mouth full.

AHLFM Healthy protein superfood workout beverageI know, I know its not an alcoholic beverage, but I felt like mixing it up a bit and throwing a healthy beverage at you on this Saturday.  I have been playing with my after workout smoothies and my trainer gave me the blueberry avocado idea.  If your anything like me you made a totally grossed out face when you heard the mix, but it works.  I don’t know how, but it does.

This bad boy has all that you need for recovering with super foods to help fight inflammation in your muscles to giving you an energy boost when you need it.  I also throw these guys down on those afternoons when I seem to be hitting the exhaustion wall, for me it’s around 3:00.  I usually start scrounging around in the pantry for something to eat that will make me feel better, and usually end up choosing something that is crappy for me. If I throw together a smoothie in  about 5 minutes I have just the thing to give me the  zing I need to make it through till dinner.

I’ll be experimenting and sharing as I go, so be expecting a few smoothies recipes on your Saturdays.
AHLFM Protein Superfood Healthy Workout Beverage Smoothie

4.8 from 13 reviews
Blueberry Avocado and Spinach Smoothie
 
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 cup blueberries, frozen or fresh
  • 1 cup fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 cup almond-coconut milk (you can use just coconut or just almond)
  • ½ ripe avocado, skinned and pitted
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 scoop protein powder (I used chocolate, but vanilla would be fine)(optional)
  • ½ fresh ice
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in blender and puree.
  2. Serve in glass.
  3. Add a few fresh blueberries (optional)

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blender dude November 2, 2013 at 10:23 am

Great-looking recipe. I really like the addition of the cinnamon. Can’t wait to try – thanks!

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Amy Stafford November 6, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Hey Blender Dude, Mixing cinnamon and honey together boosts their nutritional value!

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Suzie Lopez November 4, 2013 at 8:46 pm

Spinach is a great superfood because it has many anti-cancer properties and lots of vitamins like vitamin E, vitamin K and helps you digest well too http://healthy-superfoods.com/5-health-benefits-spinach-superfood/

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Ally @ Om Nom Ally November 9, 2013 at 10:48 pm

I love this ingredients in this recipe as blueberries are one of my favourite partners to tender spinach in smoothies. This is the sort of smoothie I would love as a post-workout treat or an on-the-go breakfast as I’m flying out the door for work. Yum!

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Whit November 27, 2013 at 5:37 pm

Had this this morning, replaced chia seeds with hemp hearts, and did half spinach/half arugula.. it was sooo good! Thank you for this!

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Amy Stafford November 28, 2013 at 5:46 pm

Your so welcome Whit. Arugula is interesting, did it give it a bite?

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Jason December 14, 2013 at 9:12 am

This one’s a winner! I used flax seeds since that is all I had at the moment.

=o)

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Amy Stafford December 14, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Jason,
Flax seed works just as well! Glad you liked it!
xo Amy

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salmygal January 7, 2014 at 2:34 pm

This was super yum! I was skeptical and made it largely because it used ingredients I had on hand. I was so pleasantly surprised! It will be in the regular rotation from now on. I did leave out the protein powder because I can’t do dairy, so I used chocolate almond milk. I can’t wait for the next one. Thank you!

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Amy Stafford January 7, 2014 at 3:26 pm

Sallie, So glad you gave it a try. It doesn’t sound like it would work, but it just does! The chocolate almond milk is a great tip, thanks for sharing! xo Amy

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Rebecca Pearce January 9, 2014 at 11:31 pm

I just made this concoction. I’m drinking it this very moment.
The truth is, i don’t like it at all. I don’t understand?
I wanted to love it. It’s really pretty gross.The only
Ingredient i left out was the protein powder?

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Amy Stafford January 10, 2014 at 10:11 am

Sorry to hear that Rebecca. I have not made it without the protein powder, however one of my readers replaced it with chocolate almond milk with great results. Not sure why it tastes bad for you?

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Amy January 29, 2014 at 1:12 pm

Enjoying this smoothie for lunch! By far, one of my favorite smoothies. Mine turned out light greenish-grey though. Maybe because my spinach blended first? Either way, it tastes great!

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Amy January 29, 2014 at 1:15 pm

I just saw the comment above, about leaving out protein powder. I left that out as well, including halving the milk and honey. It was very delicious still. Just trying to cut calories and sugar.

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Amy Stafford January 29, 2014 at 5:56 pm

Amy, Glad you enjoyed it. The color change could have been do to not as much milk and protein powder, but all that matters is that it tasted good!
xo Amy

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Camilla January 29, 2014 at 2:05 pm

Hi. I have just made the smoothie and hardly drank it. I have added maca powder, left out protein powder and ice ( didn’t have it). And I have used frozen spinach.I think its the taste of the milk that i hate and all smoothie tasted like that milk. Thinking to try just using coconut milk or just without milk.

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Amy Stafford January 29, 2014 at 5:54 pm

Camilla, you changed a lot of the flavoring with the maca powder and omitting the protein powder and ice. Let me know if you like it better with just water.
Amy

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Fiona February 1, 2014 at 9:56 pm

How many calories would you say this smoothie is?

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Amy Stafford February 3, 2014 at 1:46 pm

Fiona,
The smoothie at 24 ounces is 450 calories.
Amy

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Miriam February 6, 2014 at 4:32 pm

just a nod to the person who didn’t like the smoothie. WHICH blender you use DOES make a difference. I have a high powered blender now (vitamix, but I imagine Blendtec or the like would deliver a similiar consistency), and it puts all other blenders I had previously to shame. Seriously. It’s the difference between pulverized juice and a consistency that reminds me of already-chewed-for-you-spinach . . . that could easily explain why someone would use such a passionate word as “gross.” I liked it. Obviously not as sweet as if you omitted the spinach, but it doesn’t bother me . . and my kids drank it too. That’s as good as it gets! :-d

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toni February 9, 2014 at 5:04 am

Hi there. This was my first avo smoothie and loved it. I also added apple peeled and cored by accident and its just as yum! Mine was also greyish prob because I blended the spinach and apple first before adding the remaining ingredients. Will definitely Krupp this one on probably as a lunch alternative at work at the desk!

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nora February 28, 2014 at 10:57 am

I left out the chia seeds and protein powder because I did not have them available. This is the best smoothie I’ve ever had. It’s my first one with spinach. I also think the cinnamon just makes it delicious. Will need to start following your blog. Thanks for the recipe.

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Amy Stafford March 3, 2014 at 5:12 pm

Nora,
So glad you like the smoothie, leaving out the chia seeds will not change the taste, as chia seeds are flavorless, just a great source of omega. FYI, you can pretty much add spinach to most smoothies, without a negative taste, the spinach is great with banana and strawberry smoothies too. Thanks for commenting. Amy

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zlmom2 March 3, 2014 at 11:49 am

I just made this because I was looking for a creamy smoothie with avocado for my cleanse I am doing and it is AMAZING! I get that some people have to make adjustments to the original but then you really cant comment on said original one because they changed it…the only change I made was using Vanilla Almond milk because I didnt have coconut and halving the recipe as I wanted to cut the 450 calories. One of my favorite smoothies!

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Amy Stafford March 3, 2014 at 5:09 pm

zlmom,
Glad to hear you like the smoothie, it is amazing how good it is. That avocado makes it so smooth and delicious. Yes, anytime you change the ingredients in a recipe, the results change. Cause and Effect. xo Amy

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Benita April 20, 2014 at 8:51 am

OMG!!!!! this is truly awesome!!!! I am drinking slowly so as to savor!!!!

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Miss Melissa April 25, 2014 at 11:41 am

It tastes great and I will definitely make it again. I halved the recipe for the sake of calories. Only issue I ran into was needing to add more almond milk as the blender would blend it. But it worked out great! Light and refreshing!

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Kristy April 25, 2014 at 12:25 pm

Really yummy! Love the coconut milk and avocado in there. I didn’t have any seeds or protein powder, but it’s still tasty.

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Caroline May 28, 2014 at 2:34 am

Absolutely delicious!

Having just recently turned my eating habits around and buying a vitamix blender my partner and I were delight to find this delicious recipe that is infinitely tastier than than my old/unhealthy breakfasts. We both also find it makes you feel better/brighter/more energetic for the morning (we mix it with chocolate pro max lean protein powder).

I would unreservedly recommend people try making this smoothie. It is a trusted staple for us now.

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Amy Stafford May 28, 2014 at 8:41 pm

Hi Caroline, Thank you so much for sharing your opinion on my smoothie. It is definitely a great way to start the morning, or to enjoy after a workout. Enjoy your vitamix, and keep up the healthy eating. xo Amy

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Caroline May 28, 2014 at 2:36 am

Full marks!

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Rebecca May 30, 2014 at 10:41 am

Delicious! Love the addition of cinnamon, makes it taste like a “treat”! Fits perfectly in my NutriBullet too! Thanks, great recipe!

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KatherineSwirly June 1, 2014 at 5:32 pm

Amy, can I replace the honey with agave nectar? Will that affect their nutritional value together? Also, if I replace the 1 tbsp of honey with agave nectar, how much agave nectar should I use?

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Amy Stafford June 3, 2014 at 7:25 am

Katherine,
You can replace the honey with agave, yes, it will change the nutritional value, but not significantly. I do not use agave nectar so I would make a guess and say the ratio should be 1:1, but remember that agave has a sweeter taste than honey, so you will need to adjust to your tastes.
Hope that helps,
Amy

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Daniel McAuley June 10, 2014 at 9:21 pm

This is SOO good! It turned out thick and creamy, almost like a dessert, you wouldn’t know there was spinach in it unless someone told you. Highly recommended!

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trcarrell July 1, 2014 at 1:16 pm

Just made this, omitting the protein powder and adding a touch of mint (because I had it.) This is spot on. I love it!

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Amy Stafford July 1, 2014 at 7:29 pm

So glad you like it! xx

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April August 12, 2014 at 1:28 pm

Thank you Amy for this awesome recipe. I have been wanting to incorporate avacado into a smoothie and this recipe is perfect. I love the taste and texture of this smoothie. I will be making this for my friends and family, plus sharing this recipe on facebook. Thank you again.

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Tushar Nagananda August 23, 2014 at 12:33 pm

I suggest grinding the chia seeds sepatarely then adding them to make sure you get them fine otherwise you dont get as much of the benefits (same with flax except I purchase flaxseed meal)

Great recipe!

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Deborah September 22, 2014 at 1:41 pm

Awesome smoothie!!! Would love to have nutrition value on it.

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Marty December 4, 2014 at 10:29 pm

Hi amy. I haven’t tried this yet. How important is the honey? The reason I ask is, I have COPD and honey is a trigger to an asthma type of attack. Is there something I can use to replace it? Thanks for your help. By the way, I am new to smoothies. I need to lose weight, I’m on thyroid, blood pressure, and blood thinning medications as well as breathing medications (Advair). I’m not necessarily trying to get off of them but, I don’t like dealing with side effects. Thanks again!

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Jessie January 10, 2015 at 6:35 pm

I left the honey out completely–I thought it still tasted great.

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Amy Stafford January 11, 2015 at 6:31 pm

Thanks for sharing Jessie!

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Marty December 4, 2014 at 10:35 pm

Hi Amy, I just read the article again. I don’t mind that the smoothie is not alcoholic. For the most part, I drink water. I do have a weakness for sweet tea and I love Green tea. And now smoothies. I never had a desire for alcohol. You can be sure, I will try your non-alcolic smoothies!

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Ron January 22, 2015 at 5:58 pm

Can I use chocolate almond milk?

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Amy Stafford January 22, 2015 at 7:21 pm

Ron, I have never tasted chocolate almond milk so I can’t answer you. I can’t imagine that it would taste bad. If you use it I would love to know how it turns out.

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