by | Aug 1, 2014 | 12 comments

Welcome to a brand new series … called Foodie Friday in a Flash!  I’ll be bringing you 2-minute videos highlighting one of my favorite foods, along with its health benefits.  (Thank you all so much for the feedback on Monday’s video about what I do as a Health Coach … I’m so glad you enjoyed it, and yes, I know it was long!)

Foodie Friday in a Flash

I’m kicking off the series with a feature on avocados … one of my very favorite ways to make a dish even tastier, especially during the summer.  Watch the video below for the health benefits of avocados (will eating fat make you fat?), plus my top 5 ways to enjoy avocados!

I mentioned my “Summer Refresh-Mint Smoothie” in the video, and I want YOU to be able to enjoy it.  It’s super easy to make, has a great nutritional balance, wonderful creaminess from the avocado, and all kinds of fresh, summer flavors.  Enjoy!

Summer Refresh-Mint Smoothie

by Megan Lyons

Prep Time: 3

Cook Time: 0

Keywords: blender smoothie gluten-free vegan vegetarian sugar-free vegetables protein powder avocado summer

Ingredients (1 large smoothie)

  • 1 scoop Juice Plus+ Complete Vanilla protein powder (buy yours here:–complete-variety.html#.VJ2An7gBNKc)
  • 1/2 cup cucumber
  • 2 cups Romaine lettuce
  • 2 sprigs mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or other milk)
  • 1/4 medium Hass avocado
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1/2 – 1 cup ice
  • 1/2 – 1 cup water


Add all ingredients to high-powered blender.

Blend until smooth, and enjoy!

The recipe contains 8g fat, 34g carbs, 17g protein.

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Serving up the Avocado Love

I was given the opportunity to work with the Hass Avocado Board through my partnership with Around the Plate.  I introduced two groups of people to special recipes using the natural healthy fats in Hass avocados!  The first was a dance studio, where I gave my “Eating for Energy” workshop and served my Veggie-Loaded Guacamole (check it out if you haven’t yet – so good!).

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The second was in one of my networking groups, where I presented about my business, gave health tips, and served two smoothies – including the Summer Refresh-Mint Smoothie from above!  I know I look a little bit excited – nothing gets me amped up like talking about nutrition 🙂

megan presenting at UNG smoothies at UNG

For more information on the “Love One Today” campaign, click here.  I was compensated for this post, but all opinions, recipes, and comments are always my own!

So tell me in the comments … What is your favorite way to use avocados?  Which food do you want to see next for Foodie Friday in a Flash?


  1. Michael Anderson

    Oh no – you faded out at the end before finishing!

    Totally love avocados … but for whatever reason no matter how many I buy, they never make it into my smoothies! haha Love your smoothie recipe – will really have to try after our next college visit tour to grab more and get them into a smoothie (we have mint in our herb garden … total weed! )

    Thanks again for sharing and I love all of the pics!

  2. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    Love avocados in smoothies! It makes them so deliciously creamy! Too bad no pineapple for me… the “reds” are the one thing I’ve been good about avoiding! Mostly…

    • Megan Lyons

      I have also made this smoothie with yellow watermelon instead of the pineapple … it also mixes well with mint and tastes very summery! Good for you for sticking to your reds for the most part !

  3. lindsay

    you are too cute! we love juice plus capsules. I can’t do the protein because of soy. I’m still trying to convince them to do a brown rice protein! maybe soon

    • Megan Lyons

      I would LOVE if Juice Plus did a brown rice protein!!! I’m not anti-soy in moderation but I agree brown rice would be more friendly to most people! I don’t take the capsules myself but recommend them to some clients who just don’t or can’t get in a broad spectrum of antioxidants and nutrients through fruits and vegetables!

    • Megan Lyons

      Thank you, Deborah! I hope you toss in some avocado to your next smoothie!



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