Avocado Collard Green Smoothie

Avocado Collard Green Smoothie | Playful Cooking

When the whole world was going gaga about smoothies, I walked away from it. About a few months back, I finally decided to give it a go. Now, I too have my version of green smoothie. I find it hard to believe that I am saying this but I love this green smoothie. This particular smoothie is with avocado and collard greens. I don’t necessarily stick to collard greens all the time. I just keep the base of the smoothie same and add whatever greens I have in stock.

Avocado Collard Green Smoothie | Playful Cooking

Avocado Collard Green Smoothie | Playful Cooking

Avocado Collard Green Smoothie | Playful Cooking

When I had initially tried smoothies and milk shakes, I remember tasting some really bad, sugar-laden milk drinks. Most importantly, the texture used to bother me a lot. I remember tasting a smoothie long back from a small juice shop outside my work place and it was a terrible version of smoothie. Zero punch, just sugar, milk and some fruits. I am quite sure that was what created my negative mindset towards smoothies.

When we moved back to California at the end of last year and started to settle down, it meant buying everything starting from a spoon. One day, quite randomly, as we walked by the kitchen aisle of a store, we stood in front of the section, which displayed several blenders. Although quite unsure, we wondered if we should include smoothies in our diet. Probably, it was time to check what the fuss was all about! So, we went ahead and bought a blender.

Avocado Collard Green Smoothie | Playful Cooking

Avocado Collard Green Smoothie | Playful Cooking

Avocado Collard Green Smoothie | Playful Cooking

Avocado Collard Green Smoothie | Playful Cooking

I started by randomly throwing stuff and blending it into something liquid-y, drinkable but not tasty. After a few trial and errors, I started to get the hang of it. Also, I slowly started to really enjoy it. Now, for the past couple of months, we drink smoothie every weekday. It’s a part of our breakfast now.

Avocado Collard Green Smoothie

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: Serves 2

Avocado Collard Green Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 orange
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 collard leaves (or any greens of your choice)
  • 4 walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups milk (you can substitute it with dairy free milk or yogurt)
  • 2 ice cubes (optional)
  • lime wedges (optional)

Directions

  • Peel the orange and add the segments to the blender.
  • Slice the avocado in half and remove the pit. Then, scoop the avocado into the blender.
  • Discard the core of collard leaves and add the leaves to the blender.
  • Add the walnut, chia seeds, honey, salt, 2 cups of milk and couple of ice cubes.
  • Blend until it’s smooth and creamy.
  • Drizzle some chia seeds on top, squeeze lime juice and you’re done.
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Avocado Collard Green Smoothie | Playful Cooking

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Nathalie says:

Wow, what gorgeous photos, Kankana! So beautiful. And this smoothie sounds positively delicious, too. Perfect way to start the day!

Beautiful photography, as always! I am not a smoothie fan because I still prefer to eat the whole fruit, but I will definitely drink this if you make one for me :-))

VERÓNICA says:

Hi Kankana. I discovered your blog a few months ago and I have to confess that I love your blog, your recipes and your photography. My story with smoothies is similar to yours. At the begining I couldn´t understand why everybody was crazy about them. I have to say that now we have incorporated them to our lifes and we take a smoothie most of the days. I have realized that children drink them without any problem and it is a way to assure they have enough fruit and vegetables that, in other way, they don´t take.

Kelsie says:

Smoothies used to be something I could take or leave, probably because of my experience with the sugar-laden versions from juice shops. But this! This is a smoothie I can get behind. It sounds delicious!

Delicious recipe, Kankana! Can’t wait to start the day with it!

I love smoothies, but you definitely need a good one to fell in love 🙂

Yeeaaahhh so glad you’ve made it over to the green side :). And now all we need to do is see if we can get your son to love them too ;).
No seriously, this looks gorgeous. The pictures are dreamy and I love that you found a smoothie recipe that works for you and is adaptable.
Thanks for sharing
K

Your smoothie story sounds a lot like mine! But I’ve jumped on board the smoothie train as well and also tried just throwing stuff in the blender and getting not so tasty results. I love the creaminess that avocados add to smoothies and this one looks absolutely beautiful!

shibani says:

kankana, These pictures are stunning and beautifully presented. I am not a big fan though but at the moment happy with my banana cocoa smoothie.