Avocado Spinach Fitness Smoothie (6 Min, Vegan)

Avocado Spinach Fitness Smoothie. A True Nutrition Bomb #smoothie #vegan | hurrythefoodup.com

If you’ve been following us for a while now then you’ll know we pride ourselves on several things, namely: creating and sharing recipes that are healthy, tasty, quick, vegetarian or vegan and very easy to make.

This Avocado Spinach Smoothie inspired by Ben Greenfield – a nutrition and fitness expert, triathlon and Spartan Race competitor, as well as New York Times Bestseller – absolutely fits the bill. Why? It’s definitely quick and it’s definitely easy. It’s vegan too, which is great. And it’s SUPER healthy.

Howie loves this smoothie. He’s been eating it for days now, and adds a spot of honey and some milk (or agave nectar and soy milk to keep it vegan). That includes a small amount of sugar, sure, but he feels it’s a very fair trade to make it tasty – and to get this beast into your system.

It’s his new daily breakfast (replacing these 2 Ingredient Pancakes, for the time-being at least) and he swears it makes him feel full straight away without being drowsy and keeps him going all day long.

The avocado spinach smoothie is especially good for people who have little to no time in the morning and want to make sure they get all the important macro and micro nutrients to set them up for the day.

One serving contains around 450 calories, a big ol’ meal and (almost) enough to keep you going till lunch time. If you think it’s too much for you, just make two servings out of it.

Avocado Spinach Fitness Smoothie. A True Nutrition Bomb #smoothie #vegan | hurrythefoodup.com

Health Benefits – Avocado Spinach Smoothie

Fitness Mega Smoothie. A True Nutrition Bomb #smoothie #vegan | hurrythefoodup.comBen Greenfield wrote a very insightful article about what elements an ideal breakfast should contain. In short they are:

  • Choose a carbohydrate that is unrefined and unprocessed
  • Add protein to increase blood levels of amino acids
  • Include healthy fats

This smoothie incorporates all three. It packs high amounts of almost everything – fibre, protein, vitamins A and C, potassium, iron, calcium. It’s really a complete breakfast. See if it’s your thing.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Avocado Spinach Fitness Smoothie
 
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • A good handful of kale or spinach
  • 1 tbsp of fresh parsley or other herbs
  • Half an avocado
  • 1 tsp of real cacao powder (not the Nesquik rubbish)
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon powder
  • ⅓ tsp of sea salt
  • 1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp of walnuts or almonds
  • 1 tsp of dark chocolate nibs
  • 2 tsp of coconut flakes
  • 100 - 200ml of water
  • Half a teaspoon of honey
  • 100ml of milk or soy milk
  • 1 serving protein powder
Instructions
  1. Throw everything into a blender and blend for 60 seconds. Done.
Notes
IF YOU LIKED THIS RECIPE: Check out our classic Spinach Banana Smoothie. Just 3 ingredients, but also pretty dang awesome. Or if you like to go the sweet route check out this Breakfast Kiwi Banana Smoothie.

INSPIRED BY: Ben Greenfield.
 

19 comments

  1. Hello…this is something! Can’t believe it stays green even after all that cacao and cinnamon. And the parsley is going to make it really zesty!

  2. This is definitely a green smoothie recipe I’d be willing to try – loving not only that it’s so healthy but that it has yummy things like chocolate in it too!

    • Hi Thalia!
      Yess, definitely worth a try. The chocolate and cinnamon add quite a unique flavour to the smoothie. But honestly, for me it started to be really enjoyable when I added a splash of honey to it.

  3. Thats a great recipe! I really like that the protein powder is optional. Everywhere else protein powder is always required. I for myself don’t use this supplement and love that with the right ingredients you can get a very healthy, tasty and a high in protein/vitamins/good fats shake.

    • Me too! I’m not a big fan of protein powder,so I’m always on the lookout for recipes naturally high in proteins 🙂
      The smoothie is definitely worth a try.

  4. This smoothie has me so intrigued with its herbs and cacao and chocolate nibs! Sounds so incredibly healthy and delicious!

  5. This Ben guy really mixed one great smoothie!
    I especially love that the coconut, avocado and cinnamon are included – together with the dark chocolate, it will be undoubtedly something I’ll enjoy in one of these days…

    • Hahah, indeed he did!! Give it a try, I’m a big fan already – every time I drink it, it becomes more enjoyable. Let’s see when I finally get tired of the smoothie.

  6. OH YES! I love this idea – minus the nuts because I cannot eat them, but this sounds SO YUM it’s not even funny! Put a little mint in there and you’ve got yourself a mint chocolate chip shake! 😉

    • Wait a minute, you cannot eat nuts nore peanuts?! That’s definitely a bummer. I love them!!
      Making this shake makes you almost feel like an alchimist, it’s great to put all those super different ingredients together and still get out something really tasty!

    • Mmm mint is always welcome! 🙂

  7. Omg that’s a hell out of a Smoothie! Must give it a try!

  8. Is this smoothie more for highly active people that exercise a lot? I exercise 30 to 45 minutes four times a week. Would this recipe make me gain weight ( which I don’t need). Or lose weight.

  9. Hi Henry, that would depend a lot on what else you eat. The smoothie alone wouldn’t make you gain weight, and when combined with other healthy meals and regular exercise (like you already do) it would make for a very balanced diet. The smoothie incorporates a huge amount of protein, fiber, vitamins, potassium etc and certainly goes a long way to making sure that you get all the nutrients your body needs. That being said, it’s relatively high in energy and calories and is a pretty large meal – I tend to split it into two. One serving for breakfast, and the other as a morning snack, or even for lunch. If you’re planning on a workout then it’ll definitely give you a big energy boost! Enjoy!

  10. This is awesome!!! Chocolate and spinach may not seem compatible, but they’re a match made in smoothie heaven. It’s a refreshing and delicious way to offer your body quality nutrition. I so love it!

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