Saturday, July 7, 2012

Creamy Avocado Smoothies 牛油果冰沙

Not an avocado lover? Give this smoothies a try and you may think again. Living in a city where midday temperature can reach as high as 38°c, a cooling smoothies is just nice to combat the heat. With a little deco, this greenish smoothies can be transformed into a really tempting dessert.

Little Ethan was so delighted to see his "green yogurt" (as what he called it), and he said this to me after tasting a big spoonful -- "Mommy, this is so good! It is so nice that you made this for me..".

Needless to say, I'm happy beyond words :)

Hope you & your little one will enjoy this healthy treat too. You may dribble some chocolate chips to give an extra kick :)

Preparation Time: 10 min
Serving for: 4 persons

2 medium ripe avocados
1 1/4 cup fresh milk (you may replace with BM or FM for baby under 1 year old)
4 table spoons honey or agave sweetener (adjust the sweetness according to your liking)*
2 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
8-10 ice cubes

* Suggest to skip honey if serving for baby under 12m. Please read the footnote at the bottom of this page.

Steps by Steps Guide:
1. Cut the avocados in half lengthwise. Remove the pit and scoop the flesh using a spoon.
2. Mix avocado flesh, honey and lemon juice, blend the mixture until creamy smooth. Add the ice cubes and continue blending.
3. Divide the mixture into 4 cups, decorate with cut fruits or serve as is with a spoon.

Useful Tips!
1. A ripe avocado is really soft and has a dark green / brown color skin. If you bought an avocado that is still hard, store it at normal room temperature for few days until it's soften. Do not refrigerate it.

2. If there is any left over smoothies, put them in a cube tray and freeze it for few hours, you'll get a nice avocado dessert (see the sea shells and heart shapes avocado dessert below). I added some chocolate chips as bonus for Ethan.

A Note on Honey for Young Babies...
A reader asked at what age can she introduce this smoothie to her little one? 
  • For baby from 6m onward, you shall serve avocado with only milk, either BM or FM are fine, no honey nor ice required.
  • Do avoid serving honey to baby under 12m to avoid potential allergy reaction. Besides, when serving honey to baby above 1 year old, do practice the 3-day monitoring rules when introducing new food, where you should watch out for symptom such as rashes, swallen, diarrhea. Seek medical advice immediately if any allergy reaction spotted. 
  • You may skip the ice when serving for young babies. It will be less creamy but still tasty none-the-less.

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