I love a good smoothie as much as the next person. What I don’t love is a bottled drink that’s so full of sugar that I might as well as had a milkshake! So when I’m in the mood for a fruity pick-me-up, I make this easy recipe with a secret ingredient: avocado, which makes the texture thick and satisfying.

The version with just strawberries and avocado is best for someone who has already cut back on sugar, so their taste buds have adjusted to less sweet foods. I love the lightly sweet and tart flavor of strawberries. But if you’re still accustomed to having more sugar, consider adding half a banana or some mango. That makes the smoothie higher in sugar, but still far less than what you’ll find in store-bought versions.

To switch things up, I sometimes make it chocolate flavored by adding a spoonful of cocoa powder. Yum!

Low-Sugar Strawberry Smoothie

Makes 1 serving

Contains 7.5 grams of sugar; 13.7 grams of sugar with ¼ cup mango; 14.5 grams of sugar with ½ banana

½ avocado
1 cup frozen organic strawberries
½ cup water, or more to taste
Ice cubes (optional)
¼ cup of mango or ½ banana  (optional)
1 Tbsp. cocoa powder (optional)

Blend all ingredients together until smooth.