Orange Avocado Ginger Spinach Smoothie

So I was thinking recently that there’s possibly no need for smoothie recipes. Having discovered that the likes of avocado, spinach, kale, beet greens, almonds, flax, peanut butter or cucumbers can factor into some incredible drinks — and that it’s actually hard to go wrong — and that most of the world seems to be on a similar mission of discovery —  I said to myself, “what wouldn’t make for a good smoothie. Why not just toss anything into a blender and see what happens?” And correct me if I’m wrong, but my guess is that anyone born before the Ford Administration conjures up an image of Dan Aykroyd at his finest in answer to that question.

Back to smoothies. So just when I thought I had tried out every reasonable combination, I happened upon a a recipe in Beyond the Peel — one of my favorite food blogs — for a Grapefruit Avocado Ginger Smoothie, and I said to myself, “Well now there’s a new twist.” Citrus. Seeing as oranges are on my 100 ingredient list and grapefruit isn’t. And flax seeds are,  but hemp seeds and chia seeds aren’t, I switched it up a bit. The result was everything a modern-day smoothie is meant to be: wickedly nutrient dense; an unlikely combination of fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts and other stuff; shockingly delicious. My list of 10 Healthy Smoothie Recipes now has an 11th.


  • 1 orange, peeled, seeded and as much of the pith removed as possible.
  • 2 tsp. grated orange zest
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 2 cups fresh spinach leaves
  • 3 1-inch chunks of seeded cucumber (preferably frozen)
  • 1/2 inch cube of ginger root, cut into a few pieces
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp. whole or ground flax seeds


Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth.


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