A few wonderful things about working at the People’s Food Co-op:
- You have frequent conversations with strangers about how to cook unusual veggies, like bok choy and fava beans.
- You get to eavesdrop on adorable and precocious kids “helping” their parents shop for groceries.
- 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.