About This Recipe
Note: Use any creamy, firm, or juicy fruit depending on season and mood. I love using muskmelon, pineapple, chikoo or sapote, papaya, banana, and mango. Try to incorporate fruit with more edible skin into your diet as the skin has the highest concentration of nutrients and antioxidants Especially when incorporating the skin, but even in general, use organic fruit as much as possible.
Because of avocados’ popularity as a health food, there are lots of issues with the unethical harvesting practices and carbon-intensive transport. Living in India, I like to use local Indian avocados — also called butter fruit — which come in different varieties from different parts of the country at different times of the year. Try to use fresh coconut water if possible. In Indian cities, we’re lucky to get tender green coconuts most of the year.
For the Smoothie
- 1/2 cup (100 g) fresh or frozen berries
- 2 cups (200 g) mixed lettuce , mint, basil, washed
- 1 (150 g) ripe avocado , peeled and deseeded
- ½ Tbsp flaxseeds
- 1 tsp ashwagandha powder (optional)
- 1 cup (250ml) coconut water
- 1 to 2 ice cubes
- Water as required
For the Topping
- 1 grenadilla (sweet passionfruit)
- 2 Tbsp melon seeds
Step 1Blend the fruit with the lettuce and herbs, avocado, coconut water, flaxseeds, and ashwagandha (if using) on high speed until it reaches a smooth consistency. If you didn’t pre-freeze your fruits, add a couple of crushed ice cubes to your blender. Add a splash of water if required to help get a smooth consistency.
Step 2Serve in a tall glass or bowl, topped with passionfruit and melon seeds, which add a pop of flavor and texture. Store any remaining smoothie in a glass bottle with an air-tight cap in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours .
Substitutions: Greens are a great place to experiment in a smoothie, especially in a fruit smoothie where they won’t overwhelm. Feel free to use romaine, butterhead lettuce, red lettuce or any other kind. Or use a different green: spinach, kale, basil, bathua or lambsquarters, amaranth, fenugreek, chard, or root vegetable greens, like radish or beet. For toppings, try any crunchy or chewy topping: try sliced starfruit, goji berries, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, char magaz (mixed melon seeds), chia, or whatever strikes your fancy. You can also use any superfood powder that you prefer, such as moringa. And feel free to use ½ cup of any plant-based milk of your choice if you’re in the mood for a creamier smoothie.