Remember my last post? Where I squealed happily about the fab weather we have had over the weekend? Well, it’s back to normal now. Dull, wet and not so cool. I jinxed it. Totally. I know its not a rule in the Constitution to start each of my posts whining about the weather, but it does help to vent out you know!
Moving on, the recipe for today is for s a simple smoothie where the only method you require is to throw everything together and churn. If that can be called a recipe at all.
This is the first time I have used an avocado in a smoothie. And I must admit, its not that bad as I had expected it to be. My friend Sho did warn me it being addictive though. Which it is. Awesome. Addictive. And super healthy.
In fact this is the first time I have had avocado thrown into a dish which is not a sandwich or salad. Not that I hate the poor thing. Let’s just say that if I have to have healthy fats and Vitamin E, I would still prefer our good old coconut chutney over anything which has avocados in it. Still doesn’t make me a hater.
Avocado is a low calorie, high fibre and nutrients dense fruit. Yes, technically its a fruit. It has recently (and rightly) become a rave for the health freaks around the world. Although most of those just eat one avocado a month, and gulp down 10 portions of fries along with. And then boast about it in the local health Meetups. Yeah, that’s a true story that happened last weekend. My friend ordered avocado sandwich with large coke and a portion of fries. Though to be fair, I did share the fries with her… Ahamm.. moving on.
Let me quickly share the health benefits of avocado with you. Just like a reminder so you get tempted to try this smoothie.
Did you know that avocados contain more potassium than bananas. I am one of those who need to be force fed when it comes to banana. I absolutely hate it. So I am glad to discover an alternative which has more potassium than a banana, naturally.
Avocados are rich in mono saturated fats, which is the primary reason the world is dipping their heads in olive oil. So with avocado I could skip all the controversial “Extra virgin cold pressed” oil requirements and still get those fats
Avocados are loaded with fibre. Thank God for that! I seriously can’t have Oats and other (supposedly) high fiber foods every day and pretend I am not bored of them.
Avocados contain a lot of antioxidants. So I am not longer required to gulp blueberries down every other day to get some in my diet.
All this and shit load of other vitamins and minerals this little wonder has. Not that I am going to completely replace any of the above things (banana, oats, blueberries and olive oil) with Avocado. Maybe bananas. Anyway…but at least I have one more healthy food to add to the meal planner.
The bland (or non-existent) taste of avocado works really well with sweet juicy Mangoes in this smoothie. I have used Indian Alphonso mangoes here, which are like the sweetest among the lot. So much so, that I didn’t even feel the need to add any sugar to the smoothie and it was still perfectly sweet for my taste. You may try the same with those big Mangoes we get in supermarkets, but trust me the taste would be different.
I have used almond milk in this smoothie to add on more nutty taste to the drink. You may use Cashew milk if you like. But I would highly recommend to use any of the nuts’ milk rather than other vegan varieties like rice milk, oats milk or coconut milk. Or you may simply use normal milk if making this vegan is not a constraint for you. And don’t forget to add chopped pistachios on top, they were really the show stopper in this drink. Come on, let me quickly get you through the (simplest) recipe for this smoothie now.
What you need?
- 2 medium mangoes, peeled and chopped roughly
- ½ avocado, peeled and chopped roughly
- 2 cups almond milk OR cashew milk
- 2 tbsp chopped pistachios
How to make?
Just churn the first three ingredients together in a blender. Pour into glasses and garnish with chopped pistachios.
You may add more chopped almonds on top instead of pistachios, but I would recommend giving this combo a go.
If you wnat to try more smoothies, give this No sugar coconut vanilla smoothie a go.
Or you could try the famous Indian spiced buttermilk – Masala Chaas OR chaach as we call it.