Creamy Avocado Smoothie + PTV Smoothies and Juices Recipe Book Giveaway

Ryan and I made it safely to Ocala this morning.

Downtown Ocala

Hello palm trees!

We ended up spending the night at my parents’ place in Jacksonville to break up the eight-hour drive and were grateful for a comfy bed and yummy snacks upon our arrival.

My mom and dad have graciously volunteered to watch Sadie while we deal with moving which will be so, so nice. Ryan and I always joke that Sadie has to meet someone three times before she falls head over heels in love with them, so a bunch of new people in “her house” wandering in and out would seriously stress her out. She’ll be quite happy playing on the beach and soaking up some quality time with my parents. I’m pretty sure she body slammed them 10 times last night when she saw them after several months away!

Since I am currently blogging from the parking lot of a Burger King (heeey free wifi!) and need to get back to the house to help with the move, I’m just popping in this morning to share a giveaway I think my fellow smoothie and juice lovers will enjoy.

Tina, the blogger behind Carrots ‘n’ Cake, recently released her second book, PTV: The Part-Time Vegetarian Smoothies and Juices.

PTV Smoothies and Juices

Tina’s blog was actually the first blog I read and the way I first discovered the crazy world of blogging. Fast forward a few years and I started my own blog and have had the pleasure of hanging out with Tina many times. I now feel fortunate to consider her a good friend!

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(Someone please get me a hairbrush, STAT.)

Monica Tina Julie Fitness Bloggers

Healthy Living Bloggers

I know how hard she worked on this book – creating and taste-testing 140+ smoothie and juice recipes in less than two months is no joke – and was thrilled when a copy showed up on my doorstep early last week. I’ve had the chance to try a handful of her smoothies (Ryan has made a few, too!) and every single one has tasted delicious.

Green Smoothie Recipes

As you guys know, I make smoothies all the time and before flipping through Tina’s book, I felt like I had made tons of different flavor combinations. Well, Tina put me to shame and introduced me to smoothies using ingredients I never would have thought to include in one of my favorite breakfast staples, such as frozen butternut squash, jalapeños and sweet potatoes. 

Watermelon Mint Juice

The smoothie you guys may have seen on the blog yesterday was actually made by following Tina’s recipe for her Creamy Avocado Smoothie, which she said I could share with you today!

Creamy Avocado Smoothie

Creamy Avocado Smoothie


  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen chopped spinach
  • 1/2 avocado, peeled and pitted
  • 1 1/4 cups vanilla almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon


Combine ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour into a glass and serve immediately.


Here is your chance to win a copy of Tina’s book!

Tina Haupert Book

Simply comment on this post telling me about some of your favorite ingredients to use in smoothies or juices you make at home. (I’m all about frozen bananas and fresh spinach!)

I’ll randomly select a winner tomorrow.

Good luck!


  1. Shannon Reed says

    I love adding avocado, frozen mango or a handful of spinach to my smoothies! The book looks great! Would love to try something new.


  2. says

    I think it is awesome that you are moving to Ocala. I live in Gainesville which is only about an hour away. Ocala has some neat things, like a Smoothie King (which Gainesville doesn’t have). Anyway, I hope all goes well with the move.


    • says

      We actually just moved away from Ocala. :) We lived there for three years and moved to NC in June but officially moved everything out of our Ocala house last week!


  3. Shannon says

    I recently discovered goats milk greek yogurt for adding to smoothies, sometimes I try to stay away from bananas and the yogurt helps create that thick consistency. Recently made one with papaya, ginger and mint and it was delicious!


  4. says

    I actually love frozen cherries! I also like making pumpkin pie smoothies using frozen banana, canned pumpkin, canned coconut milk (and a little water to get it all blended), grass-fed vanilla whey, pumpkin pie spice and grain-free granola (Steve’s Paleo Granola). It’s delicious!


  5. katie m says

    My go to ingredients include frozen banana, almond butter, almond milk and cinnamon. Then it just depends on what we have on hand. So yummy!!



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