January means new year, new goals right? Nothing beats the satisfaction of accomplishment – from losing 10 lbs (and keeping it off) to running a record 10k race to finally finishing off that research article you’ve put off forever. As my friend pointed out, I have just enough “medical student” to make me a type A workaholic and just enough “artist” to give me a hyperactive, manic imagination – a nice combo.
So, in the spirit of heck yeah, I can do anything – I’m helping kick off Williams-Sonoma’s Smoothies of the Week! Williams-Sonoma thought I was crazy enough for their Not Your Typical Smoothie
installment. Well, have some avocado shake!
Before you think, Eww, Natalie, avocados in shake? Did you make this up this nonsense? I promise you these are real and are very popular in the Philippines! This is a very easy recipe – just 3 basic ingredients plus ice.
Plus, avocados are good for the heart
(I won’t bore you with with the cardiovascular biochemistry). If that’s not enough incentive, they’re great for getting awesome hair and skin. And they make me happy.
Most people associate avocados with guacamole, especially here in Texas, so when I tell people I drink my avocados, they usually give me a look of horror. People ask why would I combine milk, sugar and avocados, and I say why not? Avocados are fruits, and you put those same ingredients in smoothies. Heck, people put kale in smoothies, and that’s a bitter leafy green vegetable – never figured that one out.
My friends thought this would be “like drinking guac,” but I assure you this is sweet and creamy plus it’s very filling, not like typical smoothies where you’re hungry again 30 min later. You can make it thinner with more milk, but I like it super thick, so it tastes just like the avocado ice cream in Asian markets.
If you’re feeling adventurous this new year, check out some other fun ideas, such as my Azuki Red Bean and Watermelon Ginger. Happy blending!
8-10 ice cubes, crushed
1/2 small ripe avocado
3/4 cup milk, to desired thickness
2-3 tablespoons sugar, to taste
Crush the ice in a blender. Add avocado (the riper the better so it’s easier to blend), milk, and sugar.
You can add any milk of your choice (regular, almond, soy), though I usually go with plain milk. Depending on how thick and sweet you want it, adjust the milk and sugar. Some people add honey instead of sugar, but I prefer sugar because honey has a stronger taste and can take away from the avocado flavor.
Blend until creamy. Pour and serve right away, or you can keep it in the freezer for half an hour to make it even thicker like ice cream. Enjoy!