Making Smoothies with Avocados

Avocados are an oval shaped tree fruit, sometimes called the "alligator pear." They have thick, pebbly outer skin, which contains smooth, creamy flesh, and a large seed. The only edible part of the avocado is it's flesh, which tastes mild, buttery, and slightly nutty in flavor. The top producing country of avocados in the world is Mexico, which is the tree fruit's native country.

Fun Facts

  • Avocados get their creamy texture from the amount of fat they contain (mostly the heart-healthy monounsaturated fats).
  • Avocados are unique in that they only ripen once they are off the tree. Note: Do not leave avocados too long on the tree or their oils inside will turn rancid and they will fall to the ground.
  • Hass avocados are the world's most popular variety of avocado eaten today.

Avocados are definitely one of our favorite ingredients to put in our smoothies. The hardest part is finding a ripe one or at least knowing when to use it at the right time. We'll sometimes bring home the perfect avocado only to find it's way past it's due date or it's still not ripe.

It's also one of the only fruits that contain all of the healthy nutrients you need. I suppose you could live off of a pure avocado and water diet, but... we're not saying you should do that.

If you're looking for an extra creamy texture to your smoothies, give it a go!


Smoothie Recipes with Avocados

Hulk Blood

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Avocado Flavor Pairings

Coconut Water (beverage),
Avocado Nutrition Facts
Amount Per 100g
Calories 167.0
Calories from Fat 138.69
Total Fat 15.41g
Saturated Fat 2.126g
Monounsaturated Fat 9.799g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.816g
Cholesterol 0.0mg
Sodium 8.0mg
Potassium 507.0mg
Total Carbohydrate 8.64g
Dietary Fiber 6.8g
Sugars 0.3g
Protein 1.96g
Vitamin A 7.0µg
Vitamin C 8.8mg
Calcium 13.0mg
Iron 0.61mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs.
Vitamins
Choline 14.2mg
Folate 89.0µg
Niacin 1.912mg
Riboflavin 0.143mg
Thiamin 0.075mg
Vitamin B-12 0.0µg
Vitamin B-6 0.287mg
Vitamin D 0.0IU
Vitamin E 1.97mg
Vitamin K 21.0µg
Minerals
Copper 0.17mg
Magnesium 29.0mg
Phosphorus 54.0mg
Selenium 0.4µg
Zinc 0.68mg
Other
Caffeine 0
Theobromine 0
Water 72.33g
All nutrient values are calculated from the USDA nutrition database.
Scientific Name Persea americana
Nitrogen Factor 6.25
Protein Factor 3.36
Fat Factor 8.37
Carb Factor 3.6

Avocado Substitutions

Banana