Alternative To Eggnog; Filipino Avocado Smoothie
By Karena Apollonya Ebora Higgins
Chunky pieces of avocado with milk, sugar and ice, is there any other way to eat it? Apparently there is. When discussing this particular recipe with my Mexican friends, they always seem to get little grossed out at the thought of a candied version of guacamole. Regardless, there are numerous ways to prepare this delicate fruit. I prefer a pureed, slightly sweetened, less rustic interpretation of this chilled concoction. It’s a fresh filling nutritious breakfast or midday snack.
For those of you also looking to drop a few lbs or get a jump on your “lose weight” resolutions, the buttery tasting crop, with its L-Carnitine, actually reduces belly fat and promotes faster metabolism. The vitamin E protects our skin and their phytonutrients help prevent prostate and breast cancer. Last, but not least, especially during this festive season of over indulging and close, cozy conversations, avocados are extremely effective in stopping bad breath. LOL. That’s right, it helps block the funk. So before you or someone you know gulps down a huge glass of thick milky eggnog, which will most likely produce a parched dry mouth, a bloated gut and gas, try a smooth, creamy, luscious alternative.
“There are more than 80 varieties of avocados. The most common is the year-round Hass avocado, whose original mother tree still stands in California”. This version substitutes condensed milk for sugar and coconut milk beverage for dairy.
1 large ripe avocado
12 oz coconut milk beverage
3 table spoons condensed milk or 3 table spoons honey
5 ice cubes
*Variation: substitute avocado with 1 ripe mango or 1 cup frozen mango
Slice avocado in half. Remove seed and scoop out meat of the avocado. Add avocado and ice to blender or Ninja. Pour in coconut milk beverage and condensed milk or honey. Pulse until smooth. Pour over chilled glass. Serve with straw or spoon.