I know I am getting old when the most exciting thing that happens to me is finding an avocado for $1.99.

Now, this avocado wasn’t ripe, but it’s better than paying $4.00 for one.

And like everything else, I wanted it ripened yesterday.

I am a proud product of the internet generation. Internet instant gratification: causing me to have less and less patience since 1997.

 

I am a sucker for all things labeled ‘tropical.’

Be it perfume, lipgloss, candles, smoothies, or seafood, I am willing to drop major dollars if it takes my mind to sparkling waters and white beaches.

I have bought the frozen avocado halves at Trader Joe’s, and I love them for smoothies. This time, however, I used the avocado that cost me $1.99 + my sanity as I was waiting for it to ripen.

 

We all know that I would sell my soul for coconut.

Not only is there coconut milk and shredded coconut in the smoothie, I added some more to the top.

Because if I have to go somehow, I’d like to OD on coconut.

 

This smoothie is so refreshing and just slightly sweet. I love using frozen bananas – the consistency is creamy and thick. They are a must for all of my smoothies.

 

Tropical Avocado Smoothie

1/2 avocado

1/2 cup lite coconut milk

1/2 cup milk or water (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)

1/4 cup plain greek yogurt

2 ice cubes

1/2 frozen banana

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons coconut

Add everything to the blended except for 1 tablespoon of coconut. Blend until smooth. Garnish with remaining coconut and sliced bananas.

 

 

After downing this smoothie, I proceeded to finish off the other half of the avocado with my major vice: blue corn chips.

Sure, they are blue, which must mean they are healthy. And they are organic. And when you eat an entire bag in one sitting, they taste really good, too.

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93 Responses to “Tropical Avocado Smoothie.”

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    Noelle@Opera Singer in Kitchen — April 7, 2010 @ 6:40 am

    SOunds delicious! I am in a tropical mood myself. I had papaya this morning (Not too ripe), and I am making steel cut oats with coconut, cacoa nibs and peanut butter. How bout that?

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    Diana — April 7, 2010 @ 6:40 am

    You know, I don’t think I’ve ever tried avocado. I KNOW. Love coconut though.
    And that smoothie does look delicious :)

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    homecookedem — April 7, 2010 @ 6:40 am

    Oh yummm, this looks wonderful!! I’ve always wanted to try an avocado in a smoothie. I can’t be trusted with a bag of chips either! ;)

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    Kat — April 7, 2010 @ 6:41 am

    This looks so amazing. I love coconut so much, and avocados are a close second. I have never tried one in a smoothie though….Next time I have an avocado I know what I’m making ;)

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    Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete — April 7, 2010 @ 6:42 am

    Oh my gosh. This looks absolutely amazing! I wish that I had an avocado right now to make it! Dang it!

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    Em — April 7, 2010 @ 6:42 am

    Oh to only be home to make one! That sounds incredible! MUST make one when I get home from work tonight! (And I have an avocado ripening in my fridge!) Thanks so much.

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    Estela @ Weekly Bite — April 7, 2010 @ 6:42 am

    I didn’t know that Trader Joe’s sold frozen avocado slices?

    I love tropical smoothies! They remind me of pina coladas! YUM :)

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    • Jessica — April 7th, 2010 @ 6:46 am

      Yes! They are by the frozen fruits in my TJ’s!

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    Madeline - Greens and Jeans — April 7, 2010 @ 6:43 am

    This time of year definitely puts me on a tropical kick. How much can you taste the avocado in the smoothie?

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    • Jessica — April 7th, 2010 @ 6:46 am

      Not much! It is just a smooth, refreshing taste.

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    Mara @ What's For Dinner? — April 7, 2010 @ 6:45 am

    Ok, I was thinking about your avocado dilemma, and thought I’d turn you on to a little trick I’ve found: while most of the local grocery stores here have avocados for $1.99-$3 a piece, the little produce markets tend to have them for $0.99! Check your area to see if there’s a produce market (usually Mexican or Polish here) and see if they have the same deals!

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    • Jessica — April 7th, 2010 @ 6:48 am

      Will try!! Thanks. :)

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    Caitlin — April 7, 2010 @ 6:46 am

    I may have said this before, but I am the only woman in the free world who does not like avocado. I think it’s somewhat flavorless, but perhaps then it wouldn’t make a difference in a smoothie?

    Points for the mason jar glass :) That takes me back to my roots.

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    Seth @ Boy Meets Food — April 7, 2010 @ 6:48 am

    I’m surprised they cost so much where you are. With our local prices, I consider $1.99 to be pricey. When they are in season, I usually get them for $.99 or less, and even out of season, I rarely pay more than $1.50. I can’t even imagine ever seeing them for $4.00!!!

    BTW, in case you don’t know… you can get it to ripen more quickly if you put it in a brown paper bag, and leave it on the counter.

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    • Jessica — April 7th, 2010 @ 6:50 am

      That is what I do – someone also gave me the tip to put a banana in the bag with it. Works like a charm!

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    RhodeyGirl — April 7, 2010 @ 6:48 am

    Oh that sounds soooo yummy! Perfect smoothie to go with this perfect weather!

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    Christine @ Grub, Sweat and Cheers — April 7, 2010 @ 6:51 am

    That sounds amazing…is it bad I’m thinking of how good Malibu would be in it?!

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    • Jessica — April 7th, 2010 @ 6:52 am

      No way! Malibu would be fabulous in it. ;)

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    Jenny — April 7, 2010 @ 6:57 am

    Good lord this looks amazing! And didn’t you hear? Anything blue is healthy!

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    Nicole @ making good choices — April 7, 2010 @ 7:03 am

    Can I have one of these delivered to my school please?! I need something to take my mind off these kids! :) I would never think to add avocado to a smoothie!

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    Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) — April 7, 2010 @ 7:11 am

    I need to get over my fear of avocados! I had a bad experience before, but this smoothie just looks so good! Tropical anything just makes you feel good!

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    Sarah Jayne — April 7, 2010 @ 7:14 am

    A few times a month we do nutrition demos at a local grocery store for work- showcasing featured healthy ingredients & new ways to use them. Last year we made a berry smoothie with avocados, and, well, let’s just say the people that reside in this VERY very SMALL rural town were totally turned off. They were a big hit with the children, though!

    Sidenote- last night my boyfriend called me frantically excited over the fact he found asparagus on sale for $1 a lb..so naturally, he did what any non-cooking male would do. He bought $15 worth of asparagus. Ummmm…great, thanks love :)

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    • alex — April 7th, 2010 @ 12:07 pm

      dying with laughter at that. “he did what any non-cooking male would do.”

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    Heather (Heather's Dish) — April 7, 2010 @ 7:17 am

    mmmmm, coconut smoothies take me back to the Caribbean, which is basically where i want to be ALWAYS. avocado in smoothies is definitely a must-have – the texture and the nutrients are a great addition!

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    Naomi(onefitfoodie) — April 7, 2010 @ 7:19 am

    hahah i always wondered about those blue corn tortilla chips….the blue for some reason always makes them seem more healthy then the white ones…dont know why its just a mental thing!

    i LOVE things tropical too!! lip gloss, scents, drinks, food! MMM you should make tropical shrimp with coconut!! YUMMM

    this looks SO good and your presentations of your food is amazing jess!

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    Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg — April 7, 2010 @ 7:40 am

    I love that presentation!!

    I too am a sucker for the “tropical” label. Some of those tropical lotions smell so good, I’m tempted to eat them. Is that weird? ;-)

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    • Jessica — April 7th, 2010 @ 7:42 am

      Definitely not! I think that all the time. ;)

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    Gabriela (froyolover) — April 7, 2010 @ 7:41 am

    Smoothies… they´re taking over the world!
    I need to try this ASAP!

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    Erica — April 7, 2010 @ 7:42 am

    Avocado in smoothie?? Interesting. Tropical though? I’m in too ;) Why are your avocados so darn expensive????

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    Nastassia (Let Me Eat Cake) — April 7, 2010 @ 7:44 am

    Avocado in a smoothie? I’ve never tried that before but I trust you and I LOVE coconut myself. I can’t wait to try this creation mmm tropical islands :)

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    brandi — April 7, 2010 @ 7:46 am

    this sounds SO good!

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    Jordan — April 7, 2010 @ 7:48 am

    YUM!!!! and avocado and coconut are good for hair and skin so I’d have a hard time deciding whether to drink it or dump it on my head?! Kidding, I’d definitely drink it, der. :)

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    Katy — April 7, 2010 @ 7:56 am

    How have I never thought about Avocado in a smoothie? Love avocado, love coconut, may have to do some grocery shopping.

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    Aleks — April 7, 2010 @ 7:59 am

    haha okay, so i really had to giggle while reading your post… just a few hours ago i bought an avocado for $0,79 for one. and you know what? it kinda made my day, considering i LOVE avocados and i have never ever bought or even found one for $0,79.
    so this smoothie sounds just perfect to me to use it :)

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    Keith — April 7, 2010 @ 8:11 am

    I’m not a big fan of coconut, but avocado + banana + kiwi + yogurt/kephir = yummy smoothie.

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    Angela @ A Healthy Fit — April 7, 2010 @ 8:49 am

    I admit. I am pretty neutral on coconut. It doesn’t quite rev my engine up…but avocado….ugh…I LOVE!!!

    I need to try frozen bananas in my smoothies. I never think ahead to freeze them. Seems like it would add some creaminess/extra coldness.

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    Jessica @ The Process of Healing — April 7, 2010 @ 8:51 am

    As usual, that sounds AMAZING! I used to hate coconut but now I can’t get enough.

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    Stephanie — April 7, 2010 @ 9:18 am

    I seriously need to go to rehab for coconut obsession too haha. I put it in everything, even wash my face with coconut oil every night. The stuff is fabulous! The smoothie sounds deelish, I still can’t believe how expensive avocados are by you too?!!!?

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    Jenna — April 7, 2010 @ 9:24 am

    I had no idea that TJ’s had frozen avocado halves. Where have I been?

    This smoothie looks unreal girl. I will have to try something like this soon. Or maybe they’ll have something like this on my tropical vacation in a few days! :)

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    janetha — April 7, 2010 @ 9:39 am

    i still cant believe you pay so much for avocados! ridiculous. i love the consistency a frozen banana lends to a smoothie, too. i have never tried avocado in a smoothie but i bet it would be fabulous!

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    Nicci@NiftyEats — April 7, 2010 @ 9:55 am

    That looks good. I’ve been debating about the avocado smoothie, I’m scared to try it out. I think I’ll make a small smoothie just in case I change my mind.

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    Kacy — April 7, 2010 @ 9:56 am

    That might be the most delicious looking smoothie ever posted on a blog.

    And you just gave me my 47 millionth reason to rue the fact that there is no TJ’s within the tri-state area.

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    Ashley — April 7, 2010 @ 9:57 am

    I LOVE the white color from coconut! Nothing else is THAT purely white. It sounds amazing too…avocado is smoothies is about the best thing ever. Texture heaven! You NEED to make my coconut cool whip…like, yesterday! haha

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    Sarah.j.s. — April 7, 2010 @ 10:43 am

    Oh!! You should submit this to the Coconut Recipes blog! Here: http://www.freecoconutrecipes.com/recipe_submission.cfm. You could win 2 free quarts of coconut oil (or something else of your choice) if your recipe and one of your pictures get accepted. :)

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    Nicole, RD — April 7, 2010 @ 10:47 am

    I adore coconut, too! I want to make your strawberry-lime stuffed cupcakes, but I calculated the nutrition facts (stupid, stupid)! I may make 1/2 the recipe for 6 cupcakes, but making all 12 would be a disaster waiting to happen! YUMMM!

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    One Healthy Apple — April 7, 2010 @ 10:48 am

    I bet you could add some alcohol in there and an umbrella and pretend you are on vacay! It looks really good! I love coconut. I’m still hyping myself up to use my coconut butter, not sure what I’m waiting for!

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    Sarah @ THE FOODIE DIARIES — April 7, 2010 @ 11:10 am

    i feel like i’ll get shunned from blogland for admitting this, but i really dont like avocados! i add them to a lot of my food bc they’re such superstars in the health world (and because kev thug refuses to accept that i dont like them and constantly buys them in BULK)–but i find the taste so underwhelming. except, of course, when they come in the form of guac and chips are involved :)

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    Annie@stronghealthyfit — April 7, 2010 @ 11:12 am

    Ooh I was just thinking I’d like to try making a smoothie with an avocado in it. They’re so creamy, they just seem perfect for smoothies.

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    Katrina — April 7, 2010 @ 11:17 am

    This looks perfect! I love avocado in smoothies and puddings, but I’ve never tried it with coconut. Great idea!

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    Yum Yucky — April 7, 2010 @ 12:06 pm

    what is wrong with my brain? I thought those were shrimps on the side of the jar.

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    alex — April 7, 2010 @ 12:10 pm

    oh my lord. we were separated at birth. I too have a strong love for anything beachy. hair products that will give you beach hair? got ‘em. crazy batik print sarongs? how many colors you want? beachy scented perfume, lip gloss, candles? buy ‘em bulk. flip flops? a pair for every day of the week. blue crush? I know all the words and have two copies. surfing? on my bucket list.

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    Emily @Cleanliness — April 7, 2010 @ 12:12 pm

    I am quite intrigued by this recipe! I bet it just tastes heavenly! Thank you so much for sharing. It is one that I am definitely trying!

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    Jaime — April 7, 2010 @ 12:14 pm

    I currently have an avocado on my kitchen counter just screaming for a fun new use. I think I’ll need to pick up coconut milk tonight so I can make this!

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    Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly — April 7, 2010 @ 12:15 pm

    Yum…my husband swore he would never drink a smoothie with avacado in it so recently I have been sneaking them in and he can’t even tell! haha! Bad wife I am! :)

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    Joe @ Eden Kitchen — April 7, 2010 @ 12:27 pm

    i love tropical flavours too. this sounds great!

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    Jil — April 7, 2010 @ 12:44 pm

    This looks amazing and summery!! :-D Yay!

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    Shelley — April 7, 2010 @ 12:47 pm

    aw haha you aren’t old!!!! this smoothie sounds great though- such a creative combination of flavors

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