This delicious Mango Banana Avocado Smoothie with Chia Seeds in it is healthy but still makes a tasty breakfast or lunch meal.
About Avocado Smoothies
It has been almost 2 weeks since we returned from Southeast Asia back to Canada! It has been nice to be back in terms of seeing family and having things like an oven and any kind of baking ingredients I want but I also miss the weather of Southeast Asia!
We are in the process of settling in after 1.5 years abroad. Of course, I have been baking like crazy already, but I am just getting used to my current oven. So, I might still need a little bit of time to adjust but I am excited to post some baking recipes with you soon. Of course, now that I have an oven, I have a lot more options in terms of what I decided to bake! You may notice this in my coming recipes! What have you been baking recently?
In the meantime, let me share with you what has been my lunch almost every day since we arrived back in Canada: Avocado Smoothies!
Now, don’t get me wrong. I know that avocado is very healthy and good for you, but I am not a fan of them. Guacamole was the only food I could handle with avocado in it. However, Erin from TexanErin.com has been posting a few avocado smoothies and every time she promises they don’t actually taste like avocado.
About My Mango Avocado Smoothie
So, I had to give it a try and she is absolutely right. With this smoothie, you get all the health benefits of avocado without having to deal with the taste of it. To make things even healthier, I added chia seeds. What could be better? It’s healthy, doesn’t taste like avocado, it’s delicious and really refreshing! You also can add in a bunch of your favorite fruits for more flavor!
Adding chia seeds to a smoothie has similar effects to adding ground flaxseed without getting the brown color. Both are great sources of healthy omega-3 fats, fiber, calcium and magnesium. However, chia seeds don’t have to be ground for our bodies to be able to absorb its nutrients and I really like the slight crunch they add. Chia seeds have always been healthy, but they’ve started to become really popular recently. I haven’t tried them in baking, yet, but I am thinking about it. Do you use chia seeds for anything special? Share your ideas with me, if you do!
Aside from avocado, I added 1 frozen banana and about 1 cup of another fruit (mango in this case). Like I said, though, you can use whatever fruit you prefer! I used milk and Greek yogurt for my smoothies. They tend to be on the thicker side and sometimes I actually eat them with a spoon. If you prefer them more liquid-ey, you can try adding more milk.
About the Nutrition of this Healthy Smoothie Recipe
Healthy smoothie recipes are wonderful for packing a lot of nutrients into your diet in one meal and this version is no different. With the abundance of fresh fruit in this recipe, you will be sure to get potassium, vitamin C, fiber, healthy fat, and more in this delicious recipe.
Of course, if you would like to make this smoothie even more nutrient-dense than it already is, you may decide you would like to add a small amount of spinach, hemp seeds, or flax seeds into the mixture. However, if you include other ingredients, be aware that you may have to increase the amount of liquid. The addition of seeds and spinach would also change the flavour substantially, giving it more earthiness to contrast with the sweet and flavourful fruit.
How to Make this Mango Banana Avocado Smoothie
This smoothie recipe uses just seven ingredients that are easily accessible. These include fresh mango cubes, frozen banana, Greek yogurt, milk, and some kind of sweetener. The fresh mango adds some sweetness to the smoothie. However, while fresh has the best flavour, you may use frozen mango chunks instead with great success. The frozen banana helps with sweetness as well, and aids in the smoothie’s creaminess. Whenever you have overripe bananas on hand, you can simply place them in the freezer to have them ready to use in all of your smoothie recipes along with your banana bread recipes.
I like Greek yogurt in this recipe because it has a thickness to it that helps give this smoothie body. Of course, if needed, you may substitute this with a vegan yogurt like coconut yogurt instead though. It will just adjust the flavour and texture of the smoothie slightly.
For the milk, you can use either a dairy or dairy-free option. Coconut milk adds to the wonderful tropical flavour of this mango avocado smoothie, but nut milk like almond milk or cashew milk would be wonderful as well.
How to Serve this Mango Banana Avocado Smoothie
To serve this smoothie, all you need is a glass. However, if you would like to get more elaborate with it, you could reduce the milk slightly to make it a thicker consistency and place it in a bowl to make it into a smoothie bowl. Smoothie bowls are wonderful vessels for all sorts of toppings like seeds, coconut flakes, fresh berries, chopped fruit, and more. This would make a wonderful weekend breakfast when you are looking for a slightly more elaborate version of this perfect smoothie.
Did you eat this smoothie as a meal? Or perhaps a snack? Did you like it? Tell me what you thought, what you tried (if you tried anything different from my specific recipe) and how it worked out! I would love to hear from you!
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Mango Banana Avocado Smoothie with Chia Seeds
- 1 cup mango from 1 small Ataulfo mango
- 1 banana frozen
- 1/2 avocado
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup milk any kind you prefer
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- sweetener to taste I use 1 tbsp honey
Blend all ingredients together in a food processor or blender until combined and smooth. Add more milk for thinner consistency.
Serve immediately since avocado tends to turn brown after a while.
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