Meet the Piña-Vocado. Avocado Smoothies!

You already love avocado in your salads, sandwiches, dips and maybe even raw puddings - well how about in your smoothies? No? Yes? Oh yes..

I was hungry. I looked on the counter to see a beautiful, ripe, plump avocado staring back at me. But I was all set to make a smoothie. Hmm.. why not combine the two? I had seen this done before on random blogs - especially raw blogs - those crazy-fabulous raw foodies are always adding avocados to the most genius of recipes! So I plopped half my avocado into my - what was going to be a Piña-Colada style smoothie - and drum roll please... the Piña-Vocado was born. Sip. Taste. Swoon. Check out the Piña-Vocado ahead!..

the Berry-cado..

Healthy avocados are rich in omega fatty acids and a perfect addition to a healthy vegan diet. I add avocado to some part of my daily meal line-up, probably every other day. But I wasn't always this way..

Actually, when I first because vegetarian/veganish in early college I was quite shocked when I received the results of a blood test. It tuned out that while my total cholesterol was low - my bad AND good cholesterol numbers were low. Not good. I needed to raise those HDL numbers! So being a vigilant nutrition-interested young woman, I hopped on board the healthy fats train. My food of choice? I added plentiful avocados to my diet.

A few months later when I took the test again my HDL had raised significantly! I reasoned that to mean those avocados were doing the trick.

Read more about my Healthy Fats/Fat-Phobia - personal story here.

So if you love guac, avocado salads and sandwiches - now try avocado smoothies!

A berry-infused variation of this recipe (shown at top) is the Berry-Cado Smoothie. Instead of pineapple/coconut milk - I added in frozen berries and more. Recipe here.

And here is the Piña-Vocado recipe..

vegan, serves two

1 1/3 cups orange juice
1 1/4 cups frozen pineapple
1/2 avocado
1 small frozen banana (or fresh)
1/2 cup ice (I like coconut water ice cubes for this recipe)

Optional Add-in's..
1/2 lime, squeezed over top smoothie, or blended right into it
1 Tbsp coconut milk or 2 tsp unsweetened coconut flakes
dash of cayenne

garnish: avocado slices

Blend. Serve. Sip. Smile.

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