The avocado – sometimes called the alligator pear – originates from Mexico. The word “avocado” comes from the Spanish word “aguacate” that originates back even farther, all the way to proto-Aztecan days. In India and parts of eastern China, they call this the “butter fruit.” But whatever they call this favorite smoothie ingredient, we know you’ll call it delicious! They are small, with black knobby skin and green or yellow “flesh” inside. At the center is a large seed – also called the avocado pit. Avocados have been enjoyed for many years, likely more than you can imagine. The first shown use of avocados dates to 10,000 B.C.!
Avocados are grown on trees and can be found in Mexico and in sunny, warm climates like in Central and Southern America. But this popular, mild tasting fruit has been brought to other locations too so it can be enjoyed by others. It was brought to Indonesia in 1750, Australia during the 19th century and Brazil in the 1800’s.
Avocados are a popular favorite because they are not only a healthy choice, but are such a rich tasting ingredient to add to your smoothie. You’ll love their mild and creamy taste. The avocado does have a higher fat content than lots of other fruits, but don’t start worrying about including this fruit! Just keep in mind that nearly 75% of the avocado’s calories come right from fat. This fruit is full of monounsaturated fat, also known as one of the “good fats.” They are also chock full of vitamins and nutrients. You’ll find 35% more potassium in an avocado than a banana. Avocados are loaded with B vitamins and have vitamin E and K too. This is also a good choice if you are looking for a high fiber fruit.
Adding Avocado to Your Smoothie
One of the best things about avocados is they easily compliment so many different flavors. You can add sweet berries or tangy citrus and know you’ll have a delicious smoothie to enjoy. This is the perfect addition if you are longing for a more rich and creamy taste in any smoothie recipe. Avocado is an ingredient that goes well with many fruits and vegetables, and kicks up your vitamin and nutrient amounts up a notch.
Do keep the fat content in mind though, especially if you are considering making a smoothie to help with weight loss efforts. Often a good serving of avocado is 1/8 to ¼ of the avocado. Even with “good fat,” it is easy to go overboard!
Avocado Smoothie Recipe Ideas
Below you can find all our smoothies in the Avocado Smoothie category. Or you can click this link for all the smoothies tagged with avocado.
Simple Avocado Smoothie
1 Cup Vanilla Ice Cream
2 oz Lowfat Milk
6 oz Avocado
1 1/3 Cups of Frozen Strawberries
1 Tbsp Honey or Maple Syrup
1 tsp Nutmeg
1 tsp Cinnamon
Cut Avocado into half
Put Ice Cream, Milk, Avocado, and Frozen Strawberries into blender
Add Honey or Maple Syrup, Nutmeg and Cinnamon
Blend until smooth
Pour into 20 oz. serving cup
Top with Whipped Cream
Sprinkle extra Nutmeg if desired