Brain Power Smoothie (Blueberry Avocado Smoothie)

This Brain Power Smoothie (a.k.a. blueberry avocado smoothie) recipe is packed with delicious ingredients that are great for brain health. Plus, it only takes minutes to make!

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Healthy eating month continues on Gimme Some Oven today with a smoothie I’ve been hooked on lately.  It’s basically a blueberry avocado smoothie recipe, but I like to call it my brain power smoothie because it’s chocked full of tasty ingredients that are good for brain health.

And let’s be real — I’m a total nerd, so anything smart and brainy sounds good to me.

Speaking of being nerdy, I’m not quite sure why this came to mind, but have I ever told you the story on here about me winning my 4th grade spelling bee?  Oh yeah, I rocked it at my elementary school with the word “a-u-t-u-m-n, autumn”.  So I was sent to the regional spelling bee to represent the school, but unfortunately I got eliminated on the first round.  My word?  (Now please picture a packed auditorium full of parents and students with an awkward old man very dryly reading the words.)

Cleavage.

(And yes, I asked for the definition.)

I think that may have been the most “scandalous” moment that spelling bee crowd had seen in years.  But thanks to that darned “a”, my spelling bee career didn’t go much farther.  At least I learned a new definition about “splits in rock formations”.  :)

But I digress…

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So whether you’re also into spelling bees, or (like me nowadays) would just like help remember where on earth you laid your keys, this brain power smoothie is here to help.  It’s super tasty and sweet, it’s easy to make, and it’s oh-so-good for you.

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The 6 “brain health” ingredients you need are:

  • blueberries
  • avocado
  • banana
  • chia seeds
  • pomegranate juice
  • ice

Just google ‘em.  They are all fantastic “food for thought”.  :)

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And making this banana avocado smoothie couldn’t be easier.  Simply add everything to a blender…

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…and blend until it’s nice and smooth.

Then dive into that yummy berry flavor and just feel yourself getting smarter.  S-M-A-R-T-E-R, smarter.  :)

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Brain Power Smoothie (Blueberry Avocado Smoothie)

This Brain Power Smoothie (Blueberry Avocado Smoothie) is packed with delicious ingredients that are all great for brain health.

Ingredients:

2 cups blueberries
1 cup pomegranate juice (or any berry juice)
1 cup ice cubes
1 Tbsp. chia seeds
1 ripe banana, peeled
half of an avocado, peeled and pitted

Directions:

Add all ingredients to a blender and pulse until combined and smooth.  If the smoothie is too thick, add more juice.  If the smoothie is too thin, add more ice.

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Be sure to check out these other great smoothie recipes too:

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10 Favorite Smoothie Recipes from Gimme Some Oven

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Easy Berry Smoothie | gimmesomeoven.com

Easy Berry Smoothie

 

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  1. Kathryn — January 3, 2014 @ 5:43 am (#)

    Ha, that’s the best story! I can’t imagine how awkward that poor old guy must have felt when he saw the word on the card ;)

    This smoothie looks so good – I am pretty sure my brain still thinks it’s the holidays so it needs all the help it can get!

  2. Emily @ Life on Food — January 3, 2014 @ 8:50 am (#)

    I am all about smoothies for breakfast. This one looks and sounds amazing. Filled with some of my favorite things, I know I would adore it. Of course, the brain boost would be much appreciated as well.

  3. Katrina @ WVS — January 3, 2014 @ 10:05 am (#)

    This sounds like a dream! I love smoothies like this.

  4. Skye — January 3, 2014 @ 10:24 am (#)

    Fabulous food for thought. I am going to make this for breakfast tomorrow. It looks absolutely delicious!

  5. dana — January 3, 2014 @ 12:12 pm (#)

    I think you should’ve called it brain food. Just sayin’.

    Looks amazing, friend!

  6. Cait H. — January 3, 2014 @ 12:48 pm (#)

    I too won my elementary school spelling bee (j-e-e-r, jeer) and lost in the first round of the regional bee. I’ll never forget how to spell “malady”, m-a-l-a-d-y! What 5th grader knows that!?

    Can’t wait to try this smoothie!

  7. blender dude — January 3, 2014 @ 2:24 pm (#)

    Great ingredients. Great blender. Great photography. Seems like I add chia to just about everything these days. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Becky @ A Calculated Whisk — January 3, 2014 @ 3:26 pm (#)

    I love it! Great pictures! I still haven’t made a smoothie with avocado, and now I’m totally I-N-S-P-I-R-E-D! :)

  9. Tieghan — January 3, 2014 @ 10:49 pm (#)

    Such a gorgeous color!! Loving this, Ali! These are some of my favorite foods!

    And congrats on the spelling bee! :)

  10. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — January 3, 2014 @ 11:49 pm (#)

    I’ve just recently discovered the wonderfulness that is putting avocado in smoothies. So good!

  11. Jessica — January 4, 2014 @ 7:30 am (#)

    Hi! I found this page through a friend’s Pinterest and was wondering if you could answer a question for me. What would be a good replacement for the banana? It seems that every smoothie recipe I come across is full of bananas and they just aren’t my thing (that’s actually quite an understatement, lol). Thanks in advance for your help! :)

    • Ali — July 18, 2014 @ 4:19 pm (#)

      Sure thing. If you eat dairy, I recommend adding in Greek yogurt in place of bananas. Or you can also substitute in a peeled and pitted avocado.

  12. Taylor @ FoodFaithFitness — January 4, 2014 @ 7:59 am (#)

    1) You story just made my day!
    2) I JUST discovered the ah-may-zing-ness that is pomegranates. Those babies make my eyes and my tummy happy!
    3) I have always wanted to try avocado in my smoothies as I have heard that it makes them creamy dreamy smooth.
    Trying this! Pinned!

  13. Anne@FromMySweetHeart — January 4, 2014 @ 12:18 pm (#)

    Oh Ali…what a great story. I consider myself to be good at spelling, but I would have been mortified as a 4th grader to get that word! And now somehow, I’m forever going to connect smoothies with cleavage! My new year’s resolution is to actually eat breakfast. It’s the one meal I neglect. But smoothies like this are going to help me out greatly! This one looks fabulous!(Going to start bookmarking the other smoothies, too!) Happy New Year!

  14. Alyssa @ My Sequined Life — January 4, 2014 @ 11:59 pm (#)

    Oh lord, who would include “cleavage” in a spelling bee? I remember winning my elementary school spelling bee with the word “sandwich”. It had been spelling incorrectly by two people before me, and when I won, my classmates cheered and lifted me up like I was a rock star or something. What excitement for a seven-year-old!

    I just so happened to pick up pomegranate juice on a whim at the supermarket this week – I’ll have to give this smoothie a try. :)

  15. Nikki @Seeded at the Table — January 5, 2014 @ 8:38 am (#)

    Teeheehee!! Cleavage! Hysterical, Ali! :) I was a co-winner of our high school (yes, high school…how embarrassing) spelling bee, but only because the other winner and I both kept spelling the words wrong, so the spelling bee had to keep going until one of us spelled something right. It never happened, so they finally decided to call it a tie. It was the longest spelling bee ever and the rest of the school pretty much hated us for keeping them bored in the auditorium for so long. LOL!

    So, maybe I should’ve had one of these brain power smoothies that day and I would’ve been the SOLE winner. ;)

  16. Skye — January 6, 2014 @ 2:29 am (#)

    Just made this – or a variation of this. I didn’t have any ice so I used mixed frozen berries instead. And I didn’t have any juice so I used rice milk… SO good. And SO creamy. Thank you for a gorgeous recipe!!!

  17. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — January 6, 2014 @ 11:27 am (#)

    I need to try avocado in my next smoothie, and this is the recipe I’ll try it in…love all the ingredients!

  18. CT — January 16, 2014 @ 11:06 pm (#)

    This smoothie looks amazing except I have a major aversion to bananas. Is there anything that I could substitute?

  19. Nutmeg Nanny — January 21, 2014 @ 10:58 am (#)

    Ha, I love that story, how awkward for you. I can’t wait to try this smoothie :) sounds delicious!

  20. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking — January 22, 2014 @ 10:11 am (#)

    This smoothie sounds amazing! I would never think to put avocado in a smoothie but that’s genius!

  21. Shobhana — March 15, 2014 @ 5:33 am (#)

    What are your thoughts on thee Blendtec blender?

    • Ali — April 5, 2014 @ 9:30 am (#)

      LOVE mine!

      ~Ali

  22. Andrea — April 25, 2014 @ 3:49 pm (#)

    I love this recipe and I’d love to utilize it, but I am very allergic to bananas! Any suggestions for a good substitution?

    • Ali — July 18, 2014 @ 4:55 pm (#)

      Sure! I like substituting Greek yogurt or extra avocado in place of banana. Or for this smoothie, a different fruit would also work.

  23. Alin — May 5, 2014 @ 6:49 pm (#)

    Can I replace blueberries for grapes? In my country don’t have blueberries .. Or do you recommend me other fruits? thank you :)

    • Ali — July 18, 2014 @ 3:07 pm (#)

      You could, although I would more recommend replacing them with other berries instead like strawberries or blackberries. Just about any fruit will work though!

  24. Tim — May 17, 2014 @ 8:04 am (#)

    instead of berry juice can I use something like Knudsen organic pear juice, because almost all other juices have added sugar and I only want naturally occurring sugars from the whole fruit which Knudsen pear juice is.( pressed whole pears)

    • Ali — June 1, 2014 @ 5:56 pm (#)

      Sure, you can totally use pear juice. That sounds yummy!

      ~Ali

  25. leah — May 25, 2014 @ 10:18 pm (#)

    I made this smoothie this morning, with the exact ingredients, and it was AMAZING. I loved it and I’m definitely making it from now on. It’s one of the best homemade smoothies I’ve ever had. <3

  26. yaby — June 5, 2014 @ 6:22 pm (#)

    i love it

  27. Christi — August 15, 2014 @ 10:50 am (#)

    This will be tomorrow’s breakfast! I’ve added avocado to a chocolate smoothie, but haven’t thought to add it to my daily breakfast smoothie. And the pomegranate juice… swoon!

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