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Purple Yam & Avocado Coconut Smoothie

A delicious combination of nutrient-dense foods, just in time for summer!

I love making smoothies because you can throw everything into a blender and take it on the go. It's so easy and convenient for a busy lifestyle. It also works well for those trying to increase their fruit and vegetable intake!

Plus, almost all of the fruit and veggie ingredients used here are frozen, so you don't have to worry about your produce spoiling quickly.

Many of the smoothie recipes I have tried in the past are very sweet because they contain lots of fruits, juices, sugars, etc. I'm sharing this delicious new combination of fruits and veggies to provide a great mix of healthy fats (avocado) protein (Greek yogurt) carbohydrates (purple yams) and vitamins and minerals (matcha powder and blueberries) that is rich in flavor, but not super sweet. You can adjust the sweetness to your liking with the honey, but I enjoy this recipe for breakfast because it's not as sweet to begin with!


This recipe is also great for meal prep! I made these smoothies and froze them in bowls so that I could simply take them out and defrost in the microwave for a few seconds on weekday mornings. I added whole fruit, granola, and coconut flakes on top after defrosting and had a fresh smoothie bowl in minutes!


Total time: 10 minutes

Yield: 3 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 c frozen purple yams*

  • 1 c non-fat vanilla Greek yogurt**

  • 1 c frozen blueberries

  • 1 medium banana*

  • 1/4 c sweetened coconut flakes

  • 3/4 c skim milk or other milk of choice

  • 1/2 c frozen avocado chunks* or 1 small fresh avocado

  • 1-2 Tbsp honey

  • 2 tsp matcha powder*(optional)

  • 8-10 ice cubes

*See recipe notes

**See ingredient swaps


Smoothie Bowl Topping Ideas:

  • Coconut flakes (I used sweetened flakes)

  • Granola

  • Strawberries (quartered)

  • Banana slices

  • Blueberries

  • Blackberries

  • Kiwi slices

  • Mango cubes


Directions:

1. Add all ingredients to a blender. Blend on high until smooth.

2. Adjust sweetness to your liking. To sweeten, add additional honey and blend. Enjoy immediately or freeze smoothie mix in bowls for meal prep.

3. To thaw your frozen smoothie bowls, place in microwave on defrost setting for 20-30 seconds. Mix with a spoon and add desired toppings.


Nutrition:

Serving size: 8oz. smoothie


Calories: 309 kcal ● Fat: 9g ● Protein: 12g ● Carbohydrates: 45g


Ingredient Swaps:

  • You can use plain Greek yogurt, too! If you do this, I recommend adding 1 tsp of vanilla extract and 1/4 c of fruit juice (pomegranate juice works well!) to your smoothie mix.


Recipe notes:

I purchased purple sweet potatoes from Pick 'N Save (photo shown here). I found these in the freezer section by the potatoes.


You can also freeze your bananas, since they don't have a long shelf life, to keep them from spoiling. You can add frozen bananas to your smoothie!


The matcha powder is optional, but it adds tons of nutrients! It also contains roughly 25-35mg of caffeine for each half-teaspoon or (1 gram) of powder. I purchased Japanese my matcha powder from Amazon.


I purchased my frozen avocado chunks from Pick 'N Save (photo below).

Avocados also go bad somewhat quickly, so this is a super easy and convenient option! Avocados are loaded with healthy fats and are a great addition to any smoothie. I love that these were already chunked.









Enjoy!


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