Shine Smoothie (Avocado Smoothie for Soft, Smooth, Young Looking Skin)


The Avocado Smoothie.

If my Hollywood gossip mags are correct (and I know they always are), these healthy smoothies have been popular with the rich, famous, and beautiful for years now.


So I guess I’m a little late to the picnic, but here’s my discovery for all non-celebs who may think an Avocado Smoothie sounds a little strange: this healthy breakfast or snack idea is actually pretty amazing.


For several reasons:

1.) It just so happens to be an extremely healthy (vegan!) treat that takes minutes to throw together.

2.) The rich texture is satisfying and filling (it’s so thick, you can eat it with a spoon).

3.) The creaminess of the avocado combined with fruit and berries is so tasty, you’ll probably find you don’t need to add any sugar or other sweetener.

4.) If the research linking healthy, whole eating and better, younger looking skin is true, this smoothie should help transform your skin. (Good Housekeeping recently published the science-backed book 7 Years Younger: The Revolutionary 7-Week Anti-Aging Plan and devoted an entire chapter to nutrition!)


Here are the five ingredients you’ll need to make your own avocado smoothie (along with all the anti-aging, smooth skin benefits of each ingredient):

1.) Avocado – full of monounsaturated fats that help the body absorb vitamins (like Vitamins A and E) crucial for soft, smooth, young skin

2.) Lime – packed with antioxidants that slow down the aging process in skin

3.) Coconut Milk – rich in lauric acid and antibacterial properties that keep skin clear and breakout free

4.) Mango – Rich in Vitamins A and E, vitamins that keep skin healthy and youthful

5.) Strawberries – full of Vitamin C to reduce inflammation that can damage skin tissue


Begin by grabbing a lime and slicing it in half.  Squeeze all the juice from both halves into a small bowl (it’s easier to find and discard any seeds this way).

If you don’t have a fancy citrus juicer, just twist a fork through the halves to get out every last drop of juice.


Next, grab an avocado and cut all the way around it lengthwise.

You won’t be able to slice the avocado in half because your knife will hit the pit in the center.

Just grab hold of both sides and rotate each in an opposite direction to pull apart the avocado.


Use a spoon to remove the pit.

Then use the spoon to scoop all the fruit from the skin.


Add the avocado and lime juice to a food processor.

Also add a bit of coconut milk and some thawed, frozen chopped mango and thawed, frozen strawberries.

(Just throw the frozen mango and berries in the microwave for a couple of minutes to quickly thaw).


Pulse until you have a thick, smooth, creamy purée.

One batch makes 4 smoothies, so you can store the rest in the fridge or freezer for a quick and convenient breakfast or snack anytime.


These super-thick avocado smoothies taste so yummy.


You probably won’t actually taste the avocado (the smoothie tastes mainly like berries and mango with just a hint of coconut), but you will notice the creaminess.

Here is the complete recipe (I include two recipe options: the first version has more strawberries for a tart, berry flavor. The second version has more mango for a creamier tropical flavor):

Shine Smoothie (Avocado Smoothie for Soft, Smooth, Young Looking Skin)
Recipe type: Breakfast/Snack
Total Time: 10 minutes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 0 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
Option 1 Ingredients: Berry-Flavored Smoothie
  • 1 avocado, halved, peeled and pitted
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • 16 ounces frozen chopped mango, thawed
  • 16 ounces frozen strawberries, thawed
Option 2 Ingredients: Mango-Flavored Smoothie
  • 1 avocado, halved, peeled and pitted
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • 24 ounces frozen chopped mango, thawed
  • 8 ounces frozen strawberries, thawed
  1. Select ingredient list for either Option 1 or Option 2.
  2. Place all ingredients for Option 1 or Option 2 in a food processor.
  3. Puree until smooth and creamy.
  4. Serve.

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  1. January 23, 2013 / 4:06 pm

    This is a drink for me .. like everything – avocado is very good for us … and to do home made avocado masks – are so good .. but messy – the skin goes so soft. This I just have to try.

  2. January 23, 2013 / 4:26 pm

    Both versions sound absolutely fabulous!

  3. January 23, 2013 / 5:46 pm

    I usually use bananas as a base in my smoothies, but I’ve been seeing more avocado lately! Sounds delicious, and I do love anything with avocado so I’ve gotta try it soon 🙂

  4. January 23, 2013 / 6:12 pm

    Oh, yum! I am loving the sounds of this smoothie! And the fact that you make it in a food processor makes me smile because my blender can’t blend worth crap!

  5. January 23, 2013 / 6:38 pm

    Love avocado and love this combination. I also like to use papaya in my smoothies. And avocado in salads. Now I may have to switch it out!

  6. January 23, 2013 / 7:22 pm

    I’ve been going a “30 day green Smoothie challenge” were have a vegan green smoothie every morning, you gotta give it a shot! obviously not for 30 days if you don’t want to…but I would love to see you do a green smoothie on the blog 🙂
    from your bossiest Australian fan – Megan xoxo

  7. January 24, 2013 / 3:23 pm

    This is something I must definitely try.

  8. January 24, 2013 / 3:25 pm

    Looks delicious and so beneficial 🙂

    Choc Chip Uru

  9. January 24, 2013 / 3:27 pm

    Nigella calls avocados moisturizer for your insides…oh yes indeed. This looks fabulous, Jen!!

  10. January 24, 2013 / 3:30 pm

    booo my computer totally deleted my comment, I think. But anyways, I was saying that Nigella calls avocados moisturizer for your insides, lol…I can’t wait to try this when it gets cooler out. Looks fab, Jen!

  11. January 24, 2013 / 7:27 pm

    Hi Jen, this looks really healthy and delicious. I really love mango, so for me is option 2!

  12. January 24, 2013 / 8:29 pm

    I just love all your recipes! This one is no exception- I bet the mango/coconut/strawberry combo is delicious!

  13. January 25, 2013 / 12:10 am

    I love every single thing you put into this bad to the bone smoothy! Looks so tasty and wonderfully healthy! I could see this being great for your skin, hair, vitamin levels, and happiness! Deeelicious!

  14. January 25, 2013 / 12:54 am

    I’ve never tried avocado in a smoothie but it sounds a great alternative to banana! You always share such beautiful recipes that inspire x

  15. January 25, 2013 / 8:46 am

    I can’t wait to try this! I bet adding cocoa powder instead of fruit would be good too!

  16. January 25, 2013 / 3:57 pm

    I love smoothies, and this one sounds great. I’m usually not a huge fan of coconut milk, but I’m going to give this a try. Thanks!!

    • January 28, 2013 / 9:28 am

      I made option 1 this weekend for breakfast – it’s fantastic! I loved the little hint of lime.

      • kate
        March 11, 2013 / 9:47 pm

        Could you taste the avocado? I detest them, but they are so healthy, I want to hide it in something else, like a smoothie! I’m the only one drinking any, so this recipe for 4 smoothies is too much. I can’t imagine they can STAY in the fridge for days…………

      • Jen Elizabeth's Journals
        March 27, 2013 / 2:04 pm

        Well, for me, I can’t really taste the avocado in these smoothies. It just adds a rich, creamy texture. For leftovers, I’d recommend portioning individual serving sizes of the smoothies into small airtight containers and freezing them. Then you can just thaw and enjoy a smoothie whenever!

  17. January 27, 2013 / 8:41 am

    This smoothie looks delicious! I love the creaminess of avocado and it makes a perfect base for things like this. I’ve used it to make chocolate pudding and even made avocado ice cream before — super creamy and yummy!

  18. mjskit
    January 27, 2013 / 11:40 pm

    I’ve never added avocado to a smoothie. I bet it does make it quite creamy not to say even more healthier! Love the mango and strawberry! What a great way to start the day

  19. January 28, 2013 / 12:40 am

    OMG JEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are making me wanna run to Whole Foods right now and buy all those ingredients. I’m so making this. I’ve been wanting to make an avocado smoothie, I had something in mind, but I’ll have to give this one a try too, seems healthier than my version anyway, and anti-aging. Gorgeous photos!

  20. January 29, 2013 / 12:22 pm

    I need to get out of bed earlier. Clearly I am missing smoothies like this in my life.

  21. January 31, 2013 / 9:11 pm

    yum!!! thanks for sharing – i think i’m going to go with option 1 🙂

  22. February 1, 2013 / 9:52 am

    This smoothie looks so delicious! Must try it soon!

  23. Stephanie Orgas
    February 5, 2013 / 3:57 pm

    I’m allergic to coconut, but really want to try this smoothie! Any suggestions for an alternate? Just plain milk?

    • Jen Elizabeth's Journals
      February 6, 2013 / 9:04 am

      Yes, I think milk would work. I think the best substitute that would match the creamy richness of coconut milk would be plain low-fat yogurt or Greek yogurt. Also, since you’ll lose the coconut flavor, I’d also add a splash of orange juice or pineapple juice for flavor and a hint of sweetness. 🙂

  24. February 13, 2013 / 1:08 am

    These smoothies look so pretty!! And tasty! 🙂

  25. Seradin
    March 28, 2013 / 11:39 pm

    I was JUST thinking about combining avocado and mango! Yessssss!

  26. Beverly
    July 2, 2013 / 6:31 pm

    I went to make this earlier today…and no strawberries. So I subbed frozen Maine blueberries and added a handful of baby spinach! Absolutely delicious! My kids had NO CLUE that the spinach was in there. Thanks for a great recipe!

    • Jen Elizabeth's Journals
      July 3, 2013 / 8:21 am

      Well I think I’ll have to try it with blueberries now too! Thanks so much for your comment – I was happy to hear your kids enjoyed it too 🙂

  27. July 14, 2013 / 8:34 pm

    Amazing! I just tried it with the mango and it was so good. The mango makes it sweet and the avocado makes it nice and smooth. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    • Jen Elizabeth's Journals
      July 15, 2013 / 8:45 am

      So glad you enjoyed it!

  28. March 8, 2014 / 2:37 am

    I have been trying avocado in my smoothies lately and its great. I will give this one a try. Thanks

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