Eating in Color: Avocado Smoothie

Avocado in my smoothie?? Yes please! I know what you’re thinking…and yes, avocados are normally reserved for salads and Mexican food. You’ll be amazed what happens to this fruit (not a veggie!) when you add in a little sweetness. This must-try recipe is an amazing way to get your healthy fats, all-over nutrition, and incredible taste in one power-packed smoothie!

If you like this recipe, check out the book it came from, Eating in Color. Each recipe will make your mouth water – not only are they beautifully prepared, but healthy and delicious. Bon appetit!


Avocado Smoothie
by Frances Largeman-Roth, Eating in Color
Serves 2

What you’ll need:

½ ripe Avocado, pitted and peeled
½ large banana
¼ cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
¼ cup ice (about 2 cubes), plus more for serving
¾ to 1 cup coconut water, depending on your preferred thickness
1 teaspoon agave nectar (light or dark)
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus more for sprinkling

What you’ll do:

1. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender.
2. Blend until smooth and frothy.
3. Sprinkle with additional cinnamon on top and serve.

What’s in it:

Each smoothie contains 155 calories, 3g protein, 20g carbohydrates, 8g fat, 5g fiber, 1.5mg cholesterol.

Find more delicious recipes like this in Frances’ book,
Eating in Color: Delicious, Healthy Recipes for You and Your Family.


  1. Christy - April 23, 2015

    Great idea! I love putting spinach in my smoothies. I don’t like to eat cooked or raw spinach (it’s a texture thing), but I don’t hesitate to put a handful in my blender when I’m whipping up a protein smoothie. It’s tasteless, and really helps me get an extra serving of hardy veggies. You can still see it in your cup, so if that bothers you try an opaque cup!

  2. Rheana - April 10, 2015

    I was wondering how the reward day works? Thanks

  3. Carrie - August 18, 2014

    I know this would be a smoothie to have on your reward day, but could this also be your breakfast on a low carb day with some protein powder added?

    • Team Powell - August 18, 2014

      Since this smoothie has both avocado (healthy fat) and banana (carb), it only fits into a reward day. And remember, every breakfast on both low and high carb days is a high carb meal. Great question!

  4. Tyra - August 9, 2014

    Just tried this for the first time and loved it! Very refreshing and healthy! Thanks for sharing

  5. Lee-Ann - August 1, 2014

    I just started carb cycling this week and have gained 1/2 pound in 5 days I hope I am gaining muscle. I am feeling confused when recipes are posted because as someone mentioned previously they mix carbs and fats and this doesn’t seem to be part of the carb cycling program. Is it possible to include how these can be adapted to be for a low/high carb day instead of for a treat day. I too am trying to get used to not combining any fats with carbs and considering things like cheese to be a fat not a protein. Is there any protein options out there besides yogurt, cottage cheese for a grab and go protein. Hoping next week I’ll see the fruits of my labor of carb cycling and working out.

    • Team Powell - August 1, 2014

      Please be patient – it sometimes takes your body a bit of time to adjust to a new way of doing things, and it might take you a bit of time to understand everything, but I promise you’ll get it! Many of the recipes on this blog are for reward meals/days, and it looks like you understand that pretty well from your comment – if a recipe has both carbs and fats, then it’s a reward meal. 🙂 Heidi realizes that not everyone carb cycles, so she’s trying to offer healthy options for everyone. As far as protein options, there’s a great list in both of Chris and Heidi’s books, and you can get their approved food list for free when you sign up for Chris’ enewsletter at, which will also give you other options.

  6. Annie - August 1, 2014

    I LOVE avocado in my smoothies! Makes them so creamy – and WAY more filling! 😀

  7. Stacey - July 20, 2014

    Amazing! Substituted lowfat peach yogurt (didn’t have vanilla in the frig!), so good, creamy and sweet 🙂

  8. Kelley - May 21, 2014

    This looks delicious! Is there a way to make this a low-carb snack for low-carb days?

    • Carolina Neves Merritt - June 10, 2014

      I guess don’t use the banana? When I make it I use almond milk (vanilla unsweetened) instead if yogurt.

  9. Vanessa - May 19, 2014

    Ok, I love your blog but the recipes don’t fit in with your carb cycling approach! Most combine fats and carbs. I realize that these can always be made for a reward meal, but I think we all have plenty of reward meal options and need more ideas for the rest of the week! Thanks!

    • MsMaryMac - July 25, 2014

      Good point! Not combining carbs and fats has been the hardest part of this eating plan! No more peanut butter and apples pre-workout and forget about bananas and peanut butter.

  10. Em - May 18, 2014

    Hello Heidi!

    Finally, a great avocado smoothy recipe; I LOVE it! I am half Filipino and avocado ice cream is a normal desert in the Philippines. But I can’t bring myself to eat it because of all the fat- not to mention the BAD calories from sugars, condensed milk, etc..

    I love these healthy recipes for avo; especially when it’s served sweet! I have my own recipe for avo smoothy, but I am definitely trying this one out too! Thank you so much for this recipe! =)

  11. Julie - May 16, 2014

    Any suggestion on replacing yogurt if you don’t eat dairy products?

    • Lora - August 1, 2014

      You will be able to eat 0% greek yogurt if you are dairy free. I know it is yogurt, but when it is 0% it has all it’s lactose removed making it dairy free. I like Chobani plain. I use it in place of mayo, sour cream and in many recipes that call for dairy. Best wishes!

  12. LIANA - May 16, 2014

    i was wondering if there was a drink easy to make that can make you loose weight for the summer time?
    thanks Liana

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