Avocados are hailed for their rich and creamy flavour but did you know they are also considered the world’s healthiest fruit? The health benefits in avocados comes from their high nutrient content. Packed full of vitamin K, dietary fiber, potassium, folic acid, vitamin B6 and vitamin C, eating avocados has shown to lower cholesterol and help regulate blood pressure and evokes a reaction in women comparable to that of chocolate. Did we also mention that they taste sensational?!
Almost every Asian nation makes their own version of a fresh avocado shake. Now we know what you’re thinking. Avocados sweetened and blended into drink form seems like an odd way to prepare this usually savoury ingredient. Believe it or not, avocado shakes are all the rage throughout Southeast Asia and Brazil. The most common recipe combines avocados, condensed milk, ice cubes and milk.
Our version however comes with a green twist. Now don’t get us wrong, we’re not health nuts by any means. We treat Ben and Jerry’s ice cream as a food group, consider wine as an excellent source of fruit and would never be caught dead at a gym! That being said, the addition of fresh spinach and the substitution of the condensed milk with a much leaner vanilla yogurt is a much lighter alternative. The result is a rich and creamy refreshing shake that is wonderfully nutritious and dangerously addictive! An indulging source of refreshment on those hot summer days. We couldn’t resist the urge to call this shake “The Hulk.” We’ll keep you posted on our looming lawsuit with Marvel.
Lean N’ Green Spinach & Avocado Smoothie (aka The Hulk)
- Half a ripe avocado, halved and pitted
- 1/2 cup spinach
- 1/2 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
- 3/4 cup milk (can be substituted with almond or soy milk)
- 3 tsp honey
1) Combine avocado, spinach, yogurt and honey into a blender.
2) Blend, slowly adding in the milk until desired consistency is reached.
3) Reserve enough ingredients to make a second shake. Repeat steps 1-2. You can thank us later
Here’s a little tip. Let your avocado shake sit for 10 to 15 minutes in the fridge. The buttery, avocado flavour will become more pronounced resulting in a tastier shake.