citrus & avocado smoothie

A few wonderful things about working at the People’s Food Co-op:

  1. You have frequent conversations with strangers about how to cook unusual veggies, like bok choy and fava beans.
  2. You get to eavesdrop on adorable and precocious kids “helping” their parents shop for groceries.
  3. You take home a lot (I mean, a lot) of just-barely-too-ripe avocados (for free!), then get to think up innovative ways to use them.

My housemate You-Sun stumbled across this recipe for a citrus and avocado smoothie, allegedly a common drink in Morocco. Using just four ingredients, this smoothie is super easy, super creamy, and–thanks to the avocado–super healthy. Avocados have incredible anti-inflammatory benefits in addition to being rich in carotenoid antioxidants.

citrus and avocado smoothie
Adapted from AllRecipes.com

Makes 2 large smoothies

2 ripe avocados
2 1/2 cups skim milk
1/2 – 3/4 cup orange juice
3-4 tablespoons honey (or agave)

Blend all the ingredients. Adjust orange juice and honey as needed (I liked mine on the sweeter side; You-Sun preferred a bit more citrus).

I will admit, the taste surprised me at first. I’m used to avocado in my guacamole, not in a glass. But I will also admit that the flavor quickly grew on me, once I achieved the correct proportions of honey and orange juice. The color and consistency of this smoothie can’t be beat, and it totally satisfies those late-evening-I-shouldn’t-have-ice-cream-again cravings. I say: Be bold. Give it a go. Do your body a little good.

And if I can’t convince you, maybe You-Sun’s infectious joy will.

One Comment Add yours

  1. Shannon says:

    I’ll have to try this! Lately I’ve gotten into green smoothies with spinach, but avocado is a whole other level.

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