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By: Sarah Anderson

Here at Vital Proteins, we know a lot about smoothies, as it is one of the top ways to add collagen easily into our daily diets. We have quite a collection of healthy smoothie recipes, and this avocado mint smoothie is one of them. Smoothies are a great way to pack a lot of nutrients into a recipe without taking up a lot of time and effort.

A really good smoothie texture is reliant on a few factors. The first factor is using as much frozen fruit and ingredients as possible. Using frozen bananas not only adds a creamy, thick texture to a healthy smoothie recipe, but it requires no ice to be added. Ice can water down a smoothie and give a chunkier texture. I used frozen banana and frozen avocado to give this avocado mint smoothie a ‘frozen yogurt’ kind of texture. Be sure to peel the banana and avocado prior to freezing, and cut it into smaller chunks for easier removal and blending.

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Another important factor for creating a really creamy smoothie is the liquid-to-solids ratio. Too much liquid can really water down the smoothie, while too little liquid can make it difficult to blend everything up. I start with about a half a cup of coconut or almond milk, start blending, and then add more as needed to get the right amount of creaminess. Having a milkshake-like smoothie can feel decadent, but knowing you added all those healthy ingredients to your smoothie makes it even better.

I love using hemp seeds in healthy smoothie recipes because they are rich in nutrients. Hemp seeds have an ideal balance of omega-3 fatty acids to omega-6 fatty acids, the ratio being 3:1. They are high in protein and contain nine essential amino acids that our bodies do not naturally produce. Hemp seeds are also a good source of manganese, vitamin E and magnesium.

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If you haven’t tried the Matcha Collagen yet, this healthy smoothie recipe is the way to try it. It not only contains our Collagen Peptides, but also L-theanine, an amino acid that provides an "alert calm" in users. And just like all our collagen products, Vital Proteins Matcha Collagen helps to support healthier hair, skin, nails, and joints.

Become a smoothie expert and connoisseur by using these tips and tricks to getting the best smoothie texture!

avocado mint smoothie

Avocado Mint Smoothie

Yields 1 Avocado Mint Smoothie

Ingredients: 

  • 1 large frozen banana
  • ½ frozen avocado
  • ½ C frozen spinach
  • 2 T hemp seeds, plus extra for topping
  • ½ - 1 C coconut or almond milk
  • 1 scoop Vital Proteins Matcha Collagen
  • 3-4 mint leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 1-2 T cacao nibs, for topping
Directions:
  1. In a high-speed blender, add in frozen banana, avocado, spinach, hemp seeds, coconut milk, Matcha Collagen and mint leaves. Blend on high until smooth.
  2. Pour into a serving glass and top with extra hemp seeds, mint leaves and cacao nibs. Serve immediately.