I’m sick today. My throat is sore. This seems to happen to me; one day I’m fine and the next day I just get sick out of nowhere. I just hope I feel better by this Sunday because I’m performing in my temple’s choir at an old age home.
I wanted a lunch that wouldn’t scratch my throat, so I made this smoothie. I had planned to use orange juice and possibly grapefruit as well, but the idea of a citrus-y taste just didn’t appeal to me as citrus can aggravate cuts, and I felt like I had a thousand tiny cuts inside my throat. (I know that’s not what a sore throat is, but that’s what it feels like.) So I did the natural thing and made a chocolate smoothie instead. Not as high in vitamin C, but it did have something very healthy in it… avocado. Avocado has healthy fats in it, which help your body go through its necessary processes. It does not contain saturated fat, which is the “bad fat” that can lead to high cholesterol. It is also a good source of fiber and numerous other valuable vitamins and minerals.
This was the first time I ever made an avocado smoothie. I’d heard of it before and it sounded interesting. Then I realized I had some avocado left over from the other day when I made avocado lemon biscuits. Why not use some of it up in an unusual way?
This smoothie was super thick and delicious. It tasted mainly like chocolate and banana, with a hint of avocado and mint. Next time I make an avocado smoothie, I may use more avocado or combine it with different flavors, so the avocado flavor is complemented, but isn’t overpowered.
Here is the recipe, for anyone who wants a thick, rich smoothie laden with the health benefits of avocado.
Chocolate Banana Avocado Smoothie
- 1 banana
- 1/4 of a whole ripe avocado
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 Snack Pack brand butterscotch pudding snack
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup Stonyfield brand minty chocolate chip frozen yogurt
- 3 ice cubes
Blend all ingredients in blender. I recommend adding the frozen yogurt and ice last, so they stay frozen. Once all ingredients are blended and texture is smooth, stop blender and pour smoothie into glass. I would chill it in the freezer for a few minutes while putting everything away, so that frozen texture and temperature is maintained. Enjoy! (And stay healthy this cold season!)