Strawberry Avocado Smoothie With Basil
This refreshing strawberry avocado smoothie recipe is made with greek yogurt, lemon, and fresh basil. Smooth, creamy, and packed with nutrition benefits!
Strawberries, basil, and avocados are one of my favourite flavour combinations when it comes to salads…but did you know that this combo works incredibly well in smoothies, too?
We’ll skip the balsamic vinegar in this case and instead pair those ingredients with more sweet flavours, like vanilla and honey! I hope you enjoy this refreshing breakfast as much as I do 🙂
Want more dietitian-designed smoothie recipe inspiration? Check out my roundup of easy, healthy smoothie recipes for more ideas. If you enjoy this recipe, you may love this lemon blueberry avocado smoothie or this strawberry peach smoothie, too!
Ingredients needed + possible swaps
- Milk of choice: I used unsweetened almond milk, but you can use any type of milk or plant-based alternative. I always try to opt for an unsweetened one, if possible, and then get the sweetness from the naturally-occurring sugars in strawberries. For a higher protein option, you may want to choose either cow’s milk or soy milk.
- Strawberries: You can use fresh or frozen strawberries here. Either works!
- Avocado: Similarly, you can use fresh or frozen avocados. They really help to thicken this smoothie, making it nice + creamy.
- Plain Greek yogurt: An excellent source of filling protein for this smoothie. That said, you are welcome to use a plant-based alternative for a vegan option. If using a plant-based yogurt, do note that the protein content will be lowered – you may want to use soy milk or add a vegan protein powder in this case.
- Chia seeds: When mixed with liquid, chia seeds will swell up and create a gel-like texture, which really helps to thicken this smoothie as well! You can use either black or white chia seeds.
- Fresh basil: Never added basil to a smoothie? You’re in for a treat! It adds such a delicious punch of flavour 🙂
- Lemon: Freshly squeezed lemon juice adds some extra acidity to this smoothie, helping to balance out the flavours.
- Vanilla: Vanilla extract pairs so well with strawberries! Plus, it helps add a sweeter flavour.
- Honey: As needed, you can use some honey or maple syrup to add extra sweetness to this recipe. Whether you need it or not depends on how sweet your strawberries are, and your personal preference.
Full ingredient measurements and detailed instructions are located in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post!
Strawberry avocado smoothie benefits
This strawberry avocado smoothie is PACKED with nutritious ingredients:
- Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C. They’re also a good source of fiber and other micronutrients, like potassium and B6.
- Avocados are rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and fiber. Plus, they’re a good source of other micronutrients, like vitamin E, vitamin K, and folate.
- Greek yogurt is an excellent source of protein, gut-friendly probiotics, B-vitamins, and minerals like calcium and phosphorus.
- Chia seeds are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, dietary fiber, and plant-based protein. They’re also rich in minerals like magnesium, iron, and calcium.
- Basil is high in antioxidants and a source of vitamins, like vitamin C, A, and K.
- Lemon are also high in antioxidants, like vitamin C!
What does adding avocado to smoothies do?
Avocados are one of my FAVOURITE ingredients to add to smoothies, for multiple reasons:
- They help make your smoothies thick, creamy, and smooth.
- They add healthy fats to your smoothies. This helps your body absorb fat-soluble nutrients AND keeps you feeling fuller and satisfied for longer.
- They’re also a great source of fiber, which helps to fill you up and is important for gut health, heart health, and blood sugar control.
- They have a pretty neutral taste when added to smoothies, so you hardly notice them in terms of flavour!
TIP: You can use either fresh or frozen avocados in smoothies. Personally, I love purchasing a big bag of frozen avocados from Costco. They’re great to keep in the freezer and add to your morning smoothies. That way, they never really go bad AND they help cool your smoothie without watering down the flavours with ice cubes 😉
More smoothies with avocado:
- Lemon Blueberry Avocado Smoothie
- Kiwi Avocado Smoothie
- Kale Mango Smoothie
- Creamy Green Smoothie
- Watermelon Smoothie
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Get the Recipe: Healthy Strawberry Avocado Smoothie
- 1.5 cups milk of choice (unsweetened)
- 2.5 cups strawberries, leaves removed (fresh or frozen; about 300 grams or 10 oz.)
- 1/2 a medium avocado, peel removed (or roughly 1/2 cup frozen chunks)
- 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt (benefits of Greek yogurt)
- 2 Tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp honey (or until desired sweetness)
- 1/2 a lemon, juice only (or 2 Tbsps)
- 1 handful fresh basil leaves
- Approx. 5 ice cubes, if not using frozen ingredients (or until desired temperature)
- Optional: unflavoured or vanilla protein powder
- Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender, starting with the milk.
- Blend on high until smooth and creamy. Feel free to adjust flavours or amounts of liquid until desired taste/consistency is reached. If you're using frozen strawberries and avocado, you may need to use a bit more milk (up to 2 cups). Enjoy!
- I used unsweetened almond milk, but you can use any type of milk or plant-based alternative. I always try to opt for an unsweetened one, if possible, and then get the sweetness from the naturally-occurring sugars in strawberries. For a higher protein option, you may want to choose either cow’s milk or soy milk.
- For a vegan version, you can swap the greek yogurt with a vegan alternative. Do note that this will likely lower the protein content of this smoothie (you can make up for it by using soy milk or a plant-based protein powder!) You can also swap the honey for maple syrup.
- If you want to make this a green smoothie, feel free to add a couple handfuls of spinach. Promise it won’t change the taste at all!
- If you want to increase the protein content of this smoothie, feel free to add a scoop of your favourite protein powder. An unflavoured or vanilla version would work best. I also like using an unflavoured collagen powder – I find it doesn’t change the taste or texture of the smoothie as much as most protein powders.
As a dietitian, I create recipes with whole food ingredients that provide the nutrients needed for optimal health. My nutrition philosophy does not focus on numbers; however, I understand that this information can be helpful.
Do note that the nutrition info provided is an estimate and I cannot guarantee correctness of the displayed values. These numbers will differ depending on brands used, recipe modifications, and amount eaten. If you require specific nutrition information due to medical reasons, please consult with your dietitian or physician.