Creamy Avocado Coconut Protein Smoothie
As I was going through the Code to Wellness website the other day and doing a little spring cleaning throughout the blog posts that are up, I realized that there was only one protein smoothie post.
“What the heck! How can that be?!” were the thoughts that ran through my mind and apparently out my mouth (it was kind of hilarious…I didn’t mean to say it out load and ended up surprising my own self 😛 huge nerd moment…). It was especially odd because I feel like all I’ve been doing lately is drinking protein smoothies. I walked into my Dermatologists’ office for a routine check-up and when he offered the chance to do a Xymogen’s 6-Day-Detox I jumped at it (because, ya know, that’s kinda my thing!).
Anyways, I have a backlog of protein smoothie recipes I’ve just been itching to share with you guys. I picked out this one out from the bunch because a) it’s flipping great b) it has avocado in it c) it requires no external sweetener of any kind d) it’s a pretty minty green color e) it’s full of healthy saturated and monounsaturated fat from the coconut milk + the avocado (most smoothies only focus on the fruit and the protein content…not this one!) f) it’s not one of those watery smoothies that you look at and think, “Man…what can I add in to thicken this thing up?”, because it’s exactly how a smoothie should be – thick, creamy and full-bodied.
Let’s jump right in!
Firstly, let me explain what you’re looking at in case the above image lead to a confused eyebrow raise + head scratching. This is a picture of the inside of my blender.
I once had a roommate who said to me, “You love to throw everything in a pot at once and just let it cook, don’t you?”. Yup. She totally nailed it. I do recipe testing every week because creating #tastegooddogood foods i.e. foods with a purpose is a passion of mine. And ya, sometimes I get a little fancy with it because, well, ya gotta push your limits, right? But when it comes down to it, my favorite recipes are ALWAYS the simplest ones – the kind that require nothing more than to (as my roommate so astutely pointed out) “…throw everything in a pot at once and just let it cook…”. Smoothies fit right into this category which is just one reason why I love them.
WHY I’M LOVING COCONUT WATER RIGHT NOW
- Because it’s super high in potassium (contains 12% daily value) making it very rich in electrolytes which is also why coconut water is touted as “nature’s sports drink”
- Electrolytes like potassium help maintain proper hydration (no seriously, they’ve even been used in emergency situations involving IV hydration) and help reduce muscle tension, fatigue, and stress
- For anyone transitioning out of a lifestyle consuming lots of processed foods, the potassium in coconut water can help counteract the negative effects of the high amounts of sodium found in those processed foods that build up in the body which in turn helps to lower blood pressure and clear out toxins
WHY I’M LOVING AVOCADO RIGHT NOW
- They’re rich in healthy, monounsaturated fats that can help improve your skin’s appearance by repairing damaged skin cells, retaining moisture, reducing redness and irritation
- Those same monounsaturated fats help with weight loss and to control hunger by creating feelings of satiety which of crouse reduces hunger + they create a form of slow burning energy which can reduce spikes in blood sugar and help you feel fuller for longer
- They’re filled with fiber which helps to feed the good bacteria in your gut and also helps to smooth out digestion
- They’ve been shown to lower total cholesterol levels and reduce triglycerides
ALSO, MY FAVORITE WHEY PROTEIN POWDER & THE ONE I SUGGEST FOR THIS RECIPE
- Wild Whey by Wild Foods Co
- It’s 100% grass-fed year round
- It contains 1% casein only (for those that have sensitivities to it)
- It contains only trace amounts of lactose (for those that have sensitivities to it)
- It’s the purest form of whey protein I’ve found on the market
- Many who find that they’re sensitive to casein + lactose find that they’re able to tolerate Wild Whey without issue
So, if you haven’t already, toss your protein powder, banana, avocado, coconut cream, coconut water, ginger, spinach, water and ice (totally optional) into the blender. As you can see from the side view here, I’m not using anything fancy or even all that high-powered. I’m just using The Magic Bullet which works plenty well for this recipe. If you’ve got something ultra awesome like The Vitamix or The Blendtec (my dream blender…sigh, one day…) those are great but no using the “I don’t have a good enough blender” excuse on this one because as I said above even a tiny little Magic Bullet (which is super affordable) will do. Once it’s blended to your liking, it should look something like this! A gorgeous minty-green color. I topped mine with coconut flakes for texture. I highly recommend it if you’re into coconut flakes. Otherwise, you’re welcome to experiment with nuts and seeds as toppings, but I find that coconut flakes taste best.
Once it’s blended to your liking, it should look something like this! A gorgeous minty green color. I topped mine with coconut flakes for texture. I highly recommend it if you’re into coconut flakes and/or crunchy things. Otherwise, you’re welcome to experiment with nuts and seeds as toppings, but I find that coconut flakes taste best.
When you take your first swig you’ll notice right away a combination of creaminess (from the coconut cream + avocado), natural sweetness (from the banana + coconut water + coconut cream), and a little kick from the ginger.
I think you’ll really enjoy the 3-dimensional taste this protein smoothie offers and LOVE the way the kick from the ginger wakes you up in the morning 😉 (an all around great way to wake yourself up without coffee and caffeine which you should totally try experimenting with if you’re coffee and caffeine sensitive!).
If you like this post and/or give this recipe a try, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it (once you’ve tried it), and tag a picture #codetowellness #eatmovethink on Instagram so I can see your kitchen samurai skills!
- 1 banana (medium ripe, still a little green)
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 serving protein powder (I love Wild Whey by Wild Foods Co for it's purity and that it only contains trace amounts of lactose and casein)
- 2 Tbsp coconut cream
- 1 handful Spinach
- 1/2 C coconut water
- 1 C water
- 1/4 tsp of Vanilla (I like wild vanilla powder by Wild Foods Co)
- 1/2 tsp fresh ginger (size of your thumb's nail)
- Ice (optional)
- Top with coconut flakes (optional)
- Add all the ingredients except the coconut flakes into a high powered blender. Blend until smooth and top with coconut flakes if you like.