Recently I my friend gave a class on making seed and nut crackers and at the end she shared a smoothie recipe that had avocado in it. I looked at the recipe projected from her PowerPoint and thought, ´I don´t need a recipe for a smoothie and I would never waste half an avocado in a smoothie´. For me, the whole purpose of having a smoothie is that they are fast and super healthy. There is no way I am going to take the time to measure ingredients, nor am I going to put in something that I love to eat in a myriad of different ways (like an avocado) into a smoothie where it is blended up and becomes indistinguishable.
I love the fact that when I drink a smoothie I am getting lots of vegetables and a good amount of fiber. They help me feel good on the inside and even my kids like them.
When I make a smoothie I try to incorporate certain elements: fruits and veggies with lots of fiber, something tangy like plain yogurt or buttermilk, a banana for sweetness and texture, and a little bit of orange juice (I´ve tried others but I like OJ the best.
Here is a basic idea of what I´m talking about:
An apple (half or whole, depending on how much smoothie I want)
A stick or two of celery
A big handful of spinach (or kale, or chard)
A frozen banana (or an unfrozen one and some ice cubes, like 3 or 4)
About a 1/4 cup of plain yogurt or about 1/2 a cup of buttermilk
About 3/4 cup of orange juice
A couple of Tablespoons of flax seeds
About a 1/4 cup of water
I put all of my ingredients in the blender and blend it smooth. If it is too thick I add a little bit more water.
I might have other stuff around to throw in like berries or kiwi, or even an orange. If I add berries I usually omit the greens as it doesn´t look very appealing and I find that if I make a berry smoothie I keep it simple: juice, berries, yogurt or buttermilk, orange juice. However, I´m more of a fan of the green smoothie with the spinach or other greens. Even my kids like it!