Active time: 10 minutes Total time: 10 minutes
One of the keys to a successful Mediterranean diet is olive oil. It’s packed with polyphenols that act as antioxidants and reduce inflammation in the body. One way to absorb all of the benefits olive oil has to offer is to add a shot of it to your morning smoothie.
This chocolate version is thick and velvety thanks to avocado and is full of superfoods like reishi mushroom powder, collagen powder, olive oil and dates. Or skip the fancy powders and sub in your go-to protein powder. To make sure your smoothie doesn’t taste “powdery,” use a two-step blending process so the different supplements and cocoa powder can hydrate and better incorporate with the other ingredients.
Chocolate, Avocado and Olive Oil Smoothie
- 1 cup (250ml) unsweetened almond or coconut milk, plus more as needed
- 1/4 cup (60ml) olive oil
- 1/4 cup (20g) collagen powder
- 1 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons reishi mushroom powder
- 2 Medjool dates, pitted
- Pinch of kosher salt
- 1/2 ripe Hass avocado, pitted, peeled and chopped
- 2 cups (227g) ice cubes
In a blender, combine the almond milk, olive oil, collagen powder, cocoa powder, reishi powder, dates and salt. Pulse a few times until almost smooth.
Add the avocado and ice and blend until very smooth. If your smoothie is too thick, gradually add more almond milk.
Divide between two glasses and drink right away.
Serves: 2 | Serving Size: About 1 1/2 cups
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 439; Total Fat: 37g; Saturated Fat: 5g; Monounsaturated Fat: 15g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 24mg; Carbohydrate: 27g; Dietary Fiber: 8g; Sugar: 16g; Protein 4g