Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Avocado Shake

Another delicious, fiber-laden and vitamin-enriched way to combat the raging summer heat - slices of ripe avocado, a tray of ice, a drop of condensed milk, and a splash of evaporated or fresh/low fat milk, blended until smooth.

It's not yet the peak of avocado season in the Philippines, but they're quite common nowadays, and the average going price of Php70 a kilo makes them already reasonable to buy.

Some people express fright at eating an avocado - it's purportedly rich in cholesterol and fats. I did research on it a few years ago for a health magazine, and I found out that, well, it really is packed with fats and cholesterol. But it is the healthy fat and healthy cholesterol, which actually even helps bring down the bad cholesterol levels in the body.

It also has those lipids and amino acids that feed and develop the brain. So it is all I feed my babies when it's in season, and I actually laugh at my hypertensive aunt-in-law (secretly, of course) when she avoids avocados (and tsokolate) but eats pork and beef every other day.

And because of that high fat content, it makes the stomach feel full. Just a glass of avocado shake is enough for breakfast, and even reduces food intake for the whole day. Which is why avocado enthusiasts extol it as an aid in losing weight.

I sometimes eat an avocado by itself, when I'm in a hurry to catch the bus that I don't have time to make a shake. It's like eating bland butter. There are only two ways I know of eating an avocado - in a shake, and cubed and mixed with milk and sugar, eaten chilled - and both very enjoyable.


Anonymous said...

I too love avocados. I've never had a shake. I must try that. But there is another way to eat avocado and is in a pie. Avocado cream pie is so good. Unfortunately I don't have the instructions as the lady would not give it to me. Roz

Kai said...

Oh I would love that! I've never encountered one.

Mrs. L said...

I use avocados in my salads. I use them in Bacon, Avocado and Tomato Sandwiches. I cut them in half, put a dollop of mayo in the center, pour a little Italian dressing on them. My Gram makes an avocado and grapefruit salad. I use them in guacamole. I LOVE avocados! But I've never had an avocado shake, my mom and I must try this!

wow magic sing said...

This is perfect especially in summer.I really miss this shake.


Anonymous said...

Avocadoes do not have cholesterol.

flipster said...

Hola Kai, I live in Southern California which has a big Mexican community and I kinda developed a liking for their cuisine. They treat avocados here as a vegetable used in salsas, sandwiches, soups, dips, spreads, etc. When I tell them we Filipinos use avocado as a dessert-ice cream, shakes, ices, smoothies, etc.
They are horrified and we go into this friendly discussion of: Is avocado a fruit or a vegetable? I always wind up winning-avocados come from a tree ergo vegetable, vegetables come from shrubs or vines. Just a thought. Best regards.

Kai said...

Yes avocadoes are fruits, along with tomatoes. Probably because they're bland and do not taste sweet like other fruits do that's why they're not considered a fruit in Northern America.