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Avocado and cranberries smoothie

May 6, 2013

Avocado smoothie

Sometimes, eating out and eating healthily in Singapore is not easy, something which Chef K and I discovered a few months after our relocation here. Sure, there are lots of good food, but most of what is sold in food centres, where you can generally find the cheapest fare, can hardly be labelled ‘healthy’. There’s a lot of fried food, some laden with MSG which leaves me really thirsty after consumption and one can never be too sure about the quality of the ingredients.

Healthy food does not come cheap either – a standard salad or soup costs double of that of a local dish of noodles or rice. So in the last few months, I’ve been trying to work in some healthy snacks and breakfasts into our diets – nothing complicated, like this avocado and cranberries smoothie.

Avocados are high in protein and oil. In fact, this soft-fleshed fruit can contain up to 30 per cent fat. Don’t worry though; avocados contain only monounsaturated fat, that’s good fats – which may help to reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease. Cranberries are high in Vitamin C and antioxidants making this smoothie an all round healthy winner. Oh, and the crushed ice in the recipe below makes it God-sent in this hot and humid weather!

When shopping for dried cranberries, try looking for those that are sweetened with apple juice and not sugar. Not a lot is used in this smoothie but if you are eating them quite frequently as part of your diet, it’s better to choose the ones not sweetened with sugar.

Avocado smoothie

Avocado and cranberries smoothie

What you’ll need

  • 1 ripe avocado, halved and pitted
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 250ml skimmed milk
  • 1 tablespoon dried cranberries
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • A handful of ice cubes

To make your avocado smoothie

  • Scoop the flesh from the avocado into a bowl and coat with the lime juice.
  • Add the avocado, milk, dried cranberries, honey and ice cubes into a blender; blend until smooth and thick, a couple of minutes should do the trick.
  • Pour into glasses and serve immediately.

Yields 2 medium servings of smoothies

2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 6, 2013 3:05 AM

    I bet that tastes just delicious. I have been eating lots of avocados recently for lunch and they are a real favourite. I love the smooth texture which must work so well when whizzed up in a smoothie, I bet it also makes your skin glow!

    • May 6, 2013 9:04 AM

      Hi Laura. I was having loads of avocados in salads too but decided to whizz it up in a smoothie for something slightly different. The texture is amazingly smooth.. I’ve heard it works well with chocolate to make cakes, sounds a tad strange to me but I feel curious enough to try it out!

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