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Simple avocado drink

simple avocado drink

 

Avocado 酪梨 (also known as butter pear 牛油果or alligator pear 鳄梨/) is rich in the antioxidants beta carotene, vitamins C and E, magnesium, potassium and monounsaturated fat which can boost your immune system.

Not only does it bring many health benefits to adults, it is an excellent weaning food for babies too. I introduced this fruit to my son when he got past 1 year old. He enjoys very much the smooth and creamy consistency of the flesh. He does not mind eating just the flesh scooped out from the skin. Among fruits, it’s now one of his favourite.

Unlike a couple of years ago, avocado can now be found in the supermarket throughout the year. Avocado can be used in a variety way, from appetizers, main menu to dessert. It’s common to see it being used in making sushi rolls, sandwiches, bread spread, salad, dip dessert, drink, dip and even in baking (as a substitute for egg).

As for myself, I like to use avocado in my sushi rolls, dessert (avocado with banana dessert as shown in my earlier post), milkshake or drink. Of these, I find avocado drink as the most acceptable way of introducing avocado to people who is new to this fruit. Both my mother in law and hubby have no problem accepting this drink when I first made it for them.

You can easily prepare this simple yet refreshing drink in less than 10 minutes with some basic ingredients and a few simple kitchen tools. The response can be so good that you face the problem of not having enough left for yourself. So you may need to consider doubling the amount. Hurry up and make it today.

 

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Below are some useful tips on how to select and handle avocados:

a)  How to select 

  1. Cup the avocado in your hand and feel it gently with your fingers. Don’t squeeze it too hard. Choose avocados that are firm but slightly soft, and then ripen them at home.
  2. Color alone may not tell the whole story. Some avocados will turn dark green or black as it ripens, but other varieties retain their light-green skin even when ripe.
  3. If you plan to serve the fruit in a few days, stock up on hard, unripened fruit.
  4. Avoid fruit with dark blemishes on the skin or feels a bit soft.

 b)  How to store  

  1.  Do not store unripened avocados in the refrigerator. After being chilled, they will never ripen properly.

    Once ripe, they can be stored in the refrigerator, unpeeled, for up to 2 weeks.

  2. The flesh of the avocado turns dark easily when exposing to the air, so it is important to work quickly with the meat once the avocado is cut.
  3. To store cut avocado, sprinkle it with lemon, lime juice or white vinegar and place in an air-tight container in your refrigerator. It can be stored for 1-2 days. If refrigerated avocado turns brown during storage, discard the top layer.
  4. When you have an abundance of fresh avocados, consider freezing them. To freeze avocado, puree flesh with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice per 2 avocados, and place in a tightly-closed container with the air removed. Frozen avocado can be kept for 3 to 6 months at 0 degrees F.

Sources:

- Avocado Nutrition Facts – Health Benefits of California Avocado

- Avocado storage and selection

- WHF – Avocado

- Real simple – Avocado

>>> Click on page 2 below for Simple Avocado Drink recipe ……………….

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61 Comments

  1. Pei-Lin says:

    Hey, I love this post!! Reminded me of my “rotten” avocado I got for my sushi rolls a while back … Thanks a lot. Was really helpful!

    Pei-Lin

  2. I used to make this but my kids hated it. I end up using loads of maple syrup to go along. Tried making my sis’s recipe with coffee powder, condense milk and gula melaka, and instead of mashing it, I just dump everything into the blender. My kids are drinking it and they love it.

    • food-4tots says:

      Blessedhomemaker: I’m lazy to clean my blender so I used the sieve to puree the avocado. Hehehe! Tks for sharing such a wonderful idea! Unfortunately coffee powder is not suitable for my son now. But I will definitely try it for my hubby and myself. ;)

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  4. mycookinghut says:

    Never have I tried avocado drink before!! I need to do this and taste it!

  5. tigerfish says:

    I only started to like avocado recently. Initially, I could not get used to it cos it is too “oily” to me as a fruit. But now, I am ok.

    • food-4tots says:

      Tigerfish: Sometimes the method used plays an important role to convince a person to accept certain food. My hubby doesn’t like avocado spread but loves avocado drink very much. ;)

  6. Alice says:

    This looks so creamy and yummy! It is a must-try drink!

  7. Aggie says:

    Hi,

    Can i know how to make this drink?? I want to make this to let my son try as he don’t really like to eat fruit, he only like to eat banana but i don’t want to give him eat ever day…

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  9. lingzie says:

    oh this post really brings up a funny memory for me! my bro was very excited abt an avocado drink he had heard abt from his indonesian course mate. its a mixture of avocado, milo and condensed milk. so he tried to make his own version and end up… he also didnt like it! i think he made it too thick so it tasted really odd.
    perhaps you can try adding the milo & condensed milk combination?

    • food-4tots says:

      Lingzie: As what I know, Indonesian likes to make sweet avocado drink. But your milo and condensed milk combination sounds interesting to me. Do you have the ratio for these ingredients? Otherwise, I will end up with a version like your brother. LOL!

  10. I grew up with shaken avocado beverage. When I came to Canada. I tried guacamole for the first time and felt funny since I was used to the Indonesian sweet version, not the savoury one. My fave is to make avocado shake with coffee and condensed milk and topped with chocolate sprinkle; or mixed with chocolate condensed milk that I haven’t found for purchase in Canada.

    • food-4tots says:

      Pepy @ Indonesia Eats: I hope one day I will have a chance to try the authentic Indonesian avocado beverage as mentioned by you. It sounds really interesting! ;)

  11. noobcook says:

    Looks really healthy! Lovely green hue and interesting technique of running the puree thru a sieve ^_^

  12. Dora says:

    Have not tried this type of fruit b4….Hmmm…Looks good!

  13. tracieMoo says:

    Agreed! Avocado is a very nutritious fruits. They’re sold quite pricy here. They taste surprisingly good with mangoes. Love the idea of this drink. It’s really good to train your son to eat healthy food since young!

    • food-4tots says:

      Tracie Moo: It’s also quite pricey over here. S$1.50 per fruit but sometimes there are some good bargains from the supermarket. I will try your avocado with mango combination in my next attempt. Actually, it also gives my hubby and I a change to eat healthy now. ;)

  14. peanutts says:

    Very interesting drink , must give it a try, have so many of your recipes to try dont know where to start :)

  15. Amy says:

    Very interesting, LK. I love avocado, but it wasn’t until my adult years. Now, I use it A LOT…in salads and definitely in sushi. But making a milkshake out of it never ever occurred to me. Will need to check this out. The picture is stunning!

    • food-4tots says:

      Amy: Like you, I just discoverred the beauty of this fruit when I was working. It will be great if more ppl can enjoy this fruit in future. Will try to use it for salad and guacamole in my next attempt. Tks a lot for your wonderful compliment! ;)

  16. homeladychef says:

    Oh..Avacado is one of my favourites! I like to eat it as fillings in sandwiches. Never go wrong with tuna. :)

  17. I had my first avocado drink in Sydney, so creamy and delicious!

  18. PenangTuaPui says:

    what a good sharing… nice and detail description….

    5 thumbs up

  19. PenangTuaPui says:

    btw… we will go and try the luwak and other coffee… wanna come along?

  20. xin says:

    i love avocado, thanks for the tips on selecting avocado. I always have to stone in front of avocados for some time before i can make my final decision on which to buy

  21. Little Inbox says:

    Avocado drink sounds so special, really. I never know it can be used to make drinks.

  22. I love avocado and use it in sushi rolls and salad, but ever have it in drinks. Great, love to try!

  23. Your son is quite adventurous with food, isn’t he? Good for him, and you too! I only grew to love avocado in my adult years. I love it with gula melaka. Quite a sinful drink, but since it’s not everyday, why not?! :) Great shots. Like the one with the fork.

    • food-4tots says:

      The Little Teochew: Yes, I must say that it’s because he is trained to try a variety of food since he was small. I must try it with gula melaka one day. Sounds interesting. Tks for your compliment. ;)

  24. Ching says:

    Oh yum! Never know I can make avocado drink with it.

  25. KAREN says:

    WHERE IS THE RECIPE ???

  26. You Fei says:

    Hey!

    It’s my first time here and I love your site! I chanced upon your blog via Pei-Lin’s site and would very much like to have your site added to my blog =D

    Speaking of Avocado, I so love love love this drink. I never thought sth so delicious can ever come out of a weird looking fruit. wahaha!

    Thanks so much for the tips on storing avocados! They’re really helpful, especailly when it’s not really a “common” fruit like banana or apple or etc..

    =DD

  27. Instead of coffee powder, you can use cocoa powder or even milo ;-)

  28. Rua says:

    i just finished drinking this avocado drink. I dont like the taste of Avocado but adding Coffee powder, sugar,honey and milk hides the avocado and then i was able to eat this nutritious fruit. This is an accomplishment for me today, Yaaaay. i hope i like Avocado more and more. I am from Saudi Arabia and Avocado was one of my 1st weaning food for my 8 months baby boy.
    Thanks all for the good idea.

    • food-4tots says:

      Rua: Tks for dropping by at my blog and your kind feedback. I’m so happy to hear about your accomplishment. Avocado is really a very nutritious fruit that we should not miss out in our diet. Keep it up! Hope to see you again! ;)

  29. Mei Ling says:

    My girl loves avocado milkshake. My version: avocado + banana + milk.

  30. feroza says:

    i always make avocado milkshake.i use 2avos 1lmilk sugar to taste.put into ablender .my family just loves it. i would like to freeze the avos .wondering if you put lemon or vinegar and you want to make milkshake. how will it taste with the lemon or vinegar. hope to hear from you soon .thanks

    • food-4tots says:

      Feroza: What a co-incidence! Avocado milkshake is my family’s favourite too. As the amount of lemon juice is very minimum, the lemon taste is not very prominent when you make the milkshake. However, I’m not sure about vinegar as I haven’t tried it before. ;)

  31. 9z4cda says:

    I just had a wonderfull avocado drink.It was made with half of a frozen avocado and two peeled frozen bannas. i halfway thawed the avocado in a bowl of milk and then blended them with a pinch of cinnamon nothing else added.comes out creamy.

  32. juv says:

    i love cold and creamy avocado milkshake. i used organic soy milk, instead of regular milk.

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