For over 5 years I’ve made the smoothies for breakfast on Halloween. Most started out cute since the girls were younger, one of my favs being Boo Nana Smoothies. Of course the girls are getting older and more into color and fun flavors, except A she’s still young enough to find it cute. This year I’ve been a little lost with inspiration for this years smoothie so I decided to do something different. I’m sharing one we enjoy on an average day, minus berries, and putting it in a beeker it’s perfect for Halloween. I’m not sure why but I find green smoothies perfect for Halloween. Maybe because they remind me of slime and the whole slime show growing up or Ghostbusters. Than come Halloween I’m going to let the girls come up with their own Halloween smoothies or smoothie bowls. I’m holding out for the red “blood” ones until their a little older or I had some fun ideas and flavors that would have been great.
I was going to post this on Friday since I’ll be at A’s school for her Halloween party and the past 2 years I’ve been in charge of the class Halloween party and both years I brought in my Vitamix to make green smoothies in the classroom for the kids. It’s fun and healthy and the kids really like it. This year her teacher is putting things together and already planned another treat, but I will still be going to help. Things also didn’t go as planned with today’s post and it seems to be the theme of the week but still keeping my head up and counting my blessings.
This smoothie is great for so many reasons. It’s healthy, filling, and delicious. It’s one A loves with blueberries and S likes with strawberries blended in, which I left out to keep it green. It also happens to be a smoothie that solves a big problem I have from time to time…. ripe avocados! It seems like you wait and wait and you buy a few avocados, or if you’re like me you pick up the 6 pack from Costco and sometimes a few others from other places if I know I’ll need one sooner than those will be ready. Than you wait, not ready, not ready, READY! Never fails they go from not ready to ready overnight and they all turn at once! I can’t waste them so I cut them into quarters, removing the pit and peel, and freeze them. You can than use them for smoothies, smoothie bowls, a lower sugar version of banana “nice cream”. If you don’t have any avocados in the freezer no worries you can make it with non frozen avocado, but I would still use frozen banana. Another thing that is always stocked in our freezer.
This is a really thick and creamy smoothie and I love my toppings so I add those sometimes when I’m not sipping it running out the door. I like using Whole Me Lemon Berry Chia Clusters with this combo, especially if you make it adding in blueberries for a twist. It’s packed with healthy fats so it leaves you feeling full but not stuffed. If you’re going to enjoy it post workout and want to add protein powder add in more milk to reach desired consistency. If I do this it’s usually while splitting it with A and I pour hers and than add my Vega and a little more almond milk. Typically half a scoop of powder and half a cup extra milk. I usually wouldn’t use Vanilla Espresso Almond Butter for the girls or when sharing with them but since I was photographing this while they were at school I made it with what I wanted! When making it for the girls for breakfast I also will use Ripple, a plant protein milk we get at Target but Whole Foods also sells it, and again adding berries.
Ghoulishly Good Green Smoothie
Makes 1-2 servings
1c almond milk, or non dairy milk of choice (So Delicious Unsweetened Almond Milk, for a protein option for the girls they like Unsweetened Ripple Plantbased Milk)
1/2 avocado, frozen*
1-2 TBSP almond butter (Wild Friends Vanilla Espresso Almond Butter)
handful of spinach, power greens, or greens of choice
1/2 banana, frozen
*If you use non frozen avocado it will still be thick with frozen banana. Freezing avocado is a great way option when you have a bunch of avocados that all get ripe at once and you won’t be able to use before they go bad.
Blend milk, avocado, almond butter, greens, and banana together in a Vitamix, or high-speed blender, until smooth. Pour into glass(es) and add optional toppings of choice. Enjoy!
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Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner
Cute idea and super healthy too!
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Becki @ Fighting for Wellness
This sounds so good! I’ve never thought about freezing an avocado. I can’t wait to try it!
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Avocados make the world go ROUND!
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Love the beautiful green color the frozen avocado is giving this smoothie!
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Love the beeker! Great recipe. Never thought to freeze an avocado and have not tried one in a smoothie. I’ll need to try this because I’m always looking for ways to sneak veggies into my kids meals/snacks. Thanks.
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Looks super creamy and delicious!!
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Looks so good! I love me a green smoothie!
Great tip on the avocados! I was always curious about freezing them!
Have a fabulous day! 🙂
I love how you styled the smoothie! So fun for Halloween.
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“ripe avocados!” Yup. It’s an exact science really haha. And there is a serious avocado shortage in California right now… it makes me feel guilty buying them, but I love them so much!
This smoothie sounds great! Perfect Halloween fare. I love the beaker you used too – so cute.
Looking forward to the girls getting older to see your “bloody” smoothies haha
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