Avocado Kale Smoothie

  • Avocado Kale Smoothie

    I’m back from my short but super sweet weekend at Disney World.  I was there this past weekend to participate in the Disney Princess Half Marathon.  It was a 13.1 mile run from Epcot to the Magic Kingdom and back to Epcot.  After a long run like that, my body craves smoothies and juices.

    This avocado kale smoothie was inspired by this green smoothie I tried from Gjusta Bakery.  While it tasted amazing, it was also pretty pricey.  I was a bit shocked to pay $7 for an 8oz smoothie.  Although I really enjoyed it, my wallet did cry a little when I paid.  After three trials and errors I found the perfect combination of avocado, kale and banana that resembles Gjusta’s version.  And the best part, for about the same price, you can easily make a week’s worth of avocado kale smoothies at home!

    Avocado Kale Smoothie

    I’m a big fan of green smoothies. (See: tropical green smoothie, miss green smoothie, and happy green monster.)  It’s an excellent way to incorporate extra greens into your diet without much effort.  All my green smoothies start with coconut water.  Coconut water is the perfect base because it’s super hydrating and it has a very clean and subtle taste.  To thicken the smoothie without the use of ice (which is really hard to crush in a blender and eventually waters down the flavors of the smoothie), I used frozen bananas.  Frozen bananas are magical… you’ve heard of the one ingredient banana ice cream, right?

    While raw kale isn’t very pleasant on its own, once you blend it with rich creamy avocado and sweet ripe bananas, it tastes really good!  I also added a little fresh squeezed lime juice to brighten up the flavors.  Technically this recipe serves 2, but I can easily finish the entire batch to myself.  It’s that refreshing and delicious.

    Avocado Kale Smoothie

    So, back to my weekend.  I’ve participated in numerous running events in Los Angeles and Orange County.  Every organization does their marathons a little differently, but after 4 years of participating in RunDisney events, I have to say that they put on the BEST show.  RunDisney events are extremely organized and well coordinated.  Before, during, and after the run there are so many volunteers passing out water and snacks, lots of medical tents to ensure your safety, and plenty of people cheering and motivating you to finish.  And this particular event raised money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, an awesome cause.

    It’s always a fun and safe environment.  The events are more about having a good time and celebrating being active, rather than a competitive race to have the shortest time.  Along the course there’s plenty of surprises and entertainment to keep runners amped up.  There were DJs, high school bands, an even a gospel choir !  Plus, there are all sorts of photo opportunities with Disney characters…like a chance to take a group photo with every Disney prince, a photo in front of the castle as the sun rises, or a even a chance to try on Cinderella’s glass slipper.

    Disney Princess Half Marathon

    But what made this particular run so much fun was the glass of champagne Alex had waiting for me at the finish line.  I’ve never been to a running event that had champagne (real champagne from France, not sparkling wine made everywhere else) available.  Where does that happen?!  Only at Disney World.

    Major thanks to Alex for waking up at 3am to accompany me to the starting line.  He’s such a sweetheart. <3

    Avocado Kale Smoothie

    Yield: serves 2

    Ingredients:

    • 1 1/4 cup coconut water
    • 2 cups kale leaves
    • 1/2 cup avocado
    • 1 banana, frozen
    • 2 tsp fresh lime juice

    Directions:

    1. Pour coconut water into blender.  Add kale, avocado, frozen banana and lime juice.  Cover with lid and blend until smooth.  Pour into two glasses and serve immediately.

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    Jocelyn+(Grandbaby+cakes)

    I have never put avocado in my smoothies before but this looks so creamy and delicious, I must try this!

      Maryanne Cabrera

      Thanks Jocelyn! Avocados add the perfect amount of creaminess to smoothies!

    Tina+@+Just+Putzing+Around+the+Kitchen

    YUM love the looks of this green smoothie! I have one with kale/spinach every morning, but I’ve never thought to add avocado…adding that to my list of things to try ASAP.

    Thalia+@+butter+and+brioche

    Congrats on finishing the half marathon.. that is such a fantastic achievement & I love that you celebrated with a glass of champagne at the end! I often make green smoothies and am always looking for new recipes to try, so I definitely will be making this one Maryanne.

    Amy @ Thoroughly Nourished Life

    Congratulations on your half marathon – it’s my favourite distance too! I would love to do a Disney Run one day, but it takes a little more planning to fly over from Australia for one. But what a perfect excuse for a Californian holiday ;)
    This smoothie would certainly be the best thing for re-hydrating too! On my list for breakfast next week, after a run of course!

    Liz @ Floating Kitchen

    Sounds like such a fun race! And this smoothie is a great way to re-charge. I agree – buying a smoothie is so overrated. They are expensive! It’s crazy. Making them at home is the way to go!

      Maryanne Cabrera

      It was very fun! I’ve become very weary of purchasing smoothies…especially because I wonder if they’re adding additional sweeteners and sugars to make it taste better.

    Brielle @ Breezy Bakes

    What a beauty! That smoothie looks delicious. Yeah, $7 is an arm and a leg for a smoothie. Way to figure it out! And way to go on your 1/2 marathon!

      Maryanne Cabrera

      Thanks so much! I’m hoping to one day complete a full marathon, but for now I’m really loving the 1/2s! :)

    Kristi

    I made this for my St. Patrick’s Day smoothie today, was tasty!

    nadine

    Thanks for all the smoothie recipes. Can’t wait to try them on my husband! He’s all into juicing lately.