Tropical Green Avocado Smoothie

Tropical Green Avocado SmoothieGranted, I’m not a mother, but in recent years I have developed this love for kitchen appliances that I can only imagine is what one would feel for their firstborn child. I’m exaggerating (Mom, you better love me more than your crock pot!!), but honestly, the excitement I felt when Ninja sent me their Ultima Dual Stage Blender is only rivaled by that which I felt upon opening up Samantha’s bedroom collection on Christmas morning 1995 (it’s an American Girl Doll thing, for all you straight men without daughters or sisters reading this). 🙂

Ninja Ultima review

It was perfect timing because I had just about had it with my previous blender. I really hate to give any sort of bad review on here (it makes me so uncomfortable), but I would not recommend the Breville Hemisphere if you guys are in the market for a new blender. I had mine just over a year and had consistent problems with it leaking (the bottom would come unscrewed whenever I’d turn it on), and getting it to blend solids into my smoothies was always a long process of turning it off, poking/stirring it with a spoon, adding more liquid—you know that game. For how much I paid for it, this was really frustrating.

Tropical Green Avocado Smoothie

In walk Ninja…

NIGHT AND DAY. I love this blender! I have the Ultima 8L810 model, and it comes with a 72oz blender jar, two single-serve jars with sippie lids (love these for making a smoothie to take with me to the studio!), and a 10-speed variable dial. There’s a double blade (one down low like other blenders and another up higher in the jar) so that you don’t have to worry about strategically layering your ingredients to get things flowing. I wouldn’t say I love this blender more than my dog, but I wouldn’t not say I love this blender more than my dog.

Ok, I don’t have a dog, but you guys get the point.


Get excited because I am going to be able to create so many new delicious, healthy, fun recipes for P&I now. I’m starting off with a smoothie today, but my new Ninja can do soups, hummuses (hummi?), sauces, nut butters, dips—the works. I can’t wait to get creative!

Tropical Green Avocado Smoothie

Tropical Green Avocado SmoothieAdding avocado to smoothies gives them a boost of healthy fats and a smooth, creamy texture. Lately I’ve been loving pineapple, and this made for a delicious smoothie combo the other morning!

Tropical Green Avocado Smoothie

Yield: 16oz

Tropical Green Avocado Smoothie

A green smoothie with healthy fats!


  • ½ avocado
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 heaping cup of pineapple chunks
  • 1 big handful kale leafs
  • 1-2 big handful(s) spinach leafs
  • ¼ tsp spirulina (optional)
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • Shredded coconut for topping


  1. Throw everything in a blender (except the shredded coconut).
  2. If you don’t want a thick smoothie, slowly add more coconut milk until it reaches desired texture.
  3. Top with a sprinkle of shredded coconut.


This is a filling smoothie! You can drink it all or split it into two 8oz cups to share with a friend.

Phew. Ok, that post was way longer than it needed to be. Somebody drank too much coffee this morning… 

What kind of blender do you use?

Have you ever added avocado to your smoothies?


Ninja sent me the blender free of charge, but I was not otherwise compensated for this post and all opinions are my own. The Ultima rocks—thank you, Ninja!

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  1. Despite the fact that it’s freezing outside, I’ve still been drinking my smoothies quite often. Greens smoothies are my fav. I’m loving this version!

  2. Looks delicious, I have a bit of an obsession with pineapple at the momet so will definitely be testing this out soon! Love advocado too 🙂

  3. The new blender looks amazing, and it’s exactly how I feel about mine. A couple months ago mine stopped working and I nearly died, I was so upset. I didn’t realize it had an emergency stop switch, so a couple days later it was back to normal. Guess I used it too much;) You are going to have so much fun with your new toy! And thanks for sharing this recipe, I love avocado in smoothies so this is right up my alley!

  4. I have a ninja and I love it! I don’t have one with cups but mine has a large pitcher, small pitcher, and shorter one that allows it to function as a food processor as well. The blades are CRAZY sharp so be super careful! I immediately wash them and put them away to prevent accidents. But you’re going to absolutely love it! It’s great for smoothies and blends amazingly. Will never buy another brand blender again!


  5. 50 Plus says:

    Sounds like the name suits the product!

  6. Natalie says:

    hummi? bahaha i don’t know but you’re hilarious 🙂

  7. kateporterbrown says:

    I’m dying for a new blender, so I can pick up my smoothie game. I always go back and forth on whether the Vitamix or Ninja is a better buy. I have this broke ass KitchenAid mixer that can barely grind ice.

    Btw, I just published a post on food blogging and copyright issues. Maybe you’ll want to check it out.

  8. I have just started (well, I am on day three) of a seven day juice detox, which is kind of a lie because the occasional one you actually have to blend other ingredients into the juice like…AVOCADO! I love it, it is so tasty! A lot of the juices also have pineapple in them (which is my all time favourite fruit) so all in all it is going well……:)

  9. I don’t like avocado because of the texture, which I hate because I know they are so good for you. Will have to try this method of sneaking them in! I just bought a nutribullet, and I absolutely love it. Blends as well or better than my big Cuisnart blender/soup maker (also a fabulous appliance). I like the convenience of the size and the ease of cleanup.

  10. I never thought of putting avocado in a smoothie… Ill try. Check out the link, “A Shallow Girls Guide To The Health Benefits of Juicing”

  11. I love avocados but it can be costly at times especially when not in season.

    Well, thanks for sharing your recipe. I am excited to try this one.

  12. Is there a replacement for the coconut milk? In case I cant find one..

    • Almond milk would work, so would coconut water or just plain filtered water. 🙂

      • Great. We have coconut water 🙂 thank! Btw, would you know if it’s bad if a person drinks coconut water in instead of water on a daily basis? Coconut water has just more taste and makes you drink it more.

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