Last few days Sun had been scorching hot, temperatures soared up so much I couldn’t stand and cook in my kitchen as it becomes too warm there and I feel like running away to find some place cooler. Any amount of water and juices wouldn’t quench your thirst down, I feel like drinking something cold all the time. I made some ice creams, kulfis, popsicles, juices and smoothies. This smoothie is my favourite which I make now and then when I get hold fresh Mangoes fortunately which are in season now otherwise when I crave for it I sometimes use tinned mangoes. I have been eating lots of mangoes as well :), from markets here, they do not taste like the ones I get back home but, they are quite delicious. When I think of mangoes I think of my hometown, as this is the season you get loads of mangoes. My sister has a Mango tree and she used to bring us boxes of mangoes every year, I have a photo of her Mango tree somewhere I should dig it out to share it with you all.
This smoothie was something I whipped once long back when I ended up with lots of Avocado when compared with these two fruits, Mangoes are more appealing to me, which one do you prefer? Then off course I love the visual appearance of Avocado rather than eating it when compared with Mango. I use Avocado in many ways it is such a versatile fruit just like a mango, it can be used either as sweet or savoury version, it adapts to anything very easily.
Avocado is definitely a super food, it is said to have a plethora of health and beauty benefits. There are loads of research done upholding the facts about Avocados. They are said to have good fat that is the Oleic acid found in Avocados can reduce LDL Cholesterol and Increase HDL Cholesterol.
They are rich in Vitamin E, it is rich in Omega-9 fats that repair damaged skin by reducing redness and irritation caused by Acne, you can use it as a face mask and use its skin as an exfoliator, Did you know it is said that the oil is good for your hair as well, it helps in regulating hair growth and prevent hair loss, I use Avocado as a hair mask, apply mashed Avocado on to your hair leave it for sometime and wash it with a good shampoo. It is rich in potassium, Mono- saturated fatty acids, high in fibre, it is useful for people who suffer from the symptoms of Arthritis.
Did you know something about how to peel an Avocado and why is it so important? well, read further as there is an interesting fact to know about it. why peeling an Avocado properly is useful for healthy eating. This information is from Whole foods (www.whfoods.org) Avocado and health benefits page. To know more about this click on the link
The method you use to peel an avocado might make a difference to your health. Research on avocado shows that the greatest phytonutrient concentrations occur in portions of the food that we do not typically eat, namely, the peel and the seed (or “pit.”) The pulp of the avocado is actually much lower in phytonutrients than these other portions of the food. However, while lower in their overall phytonutrient richness, all portions of the pulp are not identical in their phytonutrient concentrations and the areas of the pulp that are closest to the peel are higher in certain phytonutrients than more interior portions of the pulp. For this reason, you don’t want to slice into that outermost, dark green portion of the pulp any more than necessary when you are peeling an avocado. Accordingly, the best method is what the California Avocado Commission has called the “nick and peel” method. In this method, you actually end up peeling the avocado with your hands in the same way that you would peel a banana. The first step in the nick-and-peel method is to cut into the avocado lengthwise, producing two long avocado halves that are still connected in the middle by the seed. Next you take hold of both halves and twist them in opposite directions until they naturally separate. At this point, remove the seed and cut each of the halves lengthwise to produce long quartered sections of the avocado. You can use your thumb and index finger to grip the edge of the skin on each quarter and peel it off, just as you would do with a banana skin. The final result is a peeled avocado that contains most of that dark green outermost flesh, which provides you with the best possible phytonutrient richness from the pulp portion of the avocado.
Coming back to the Recipe, This tropical fruit blended with something incredibly healthy secret Ingredient which your kids wouldn’t notice or I can say for fussy eaters who will never know what is in it, it’s so yummy, creamy and thick.
VEGAN AVOCADO AND MANGO SMOOTHIE
1 Cup Pureed Mango Pulp*
3 Ripe Avocadoes
1 Cup Orange Juice
3 to 4 tbsp of fair trade Brown sugar*
First of all blend y our Avocadoes which are cut into pieces use some orange juice if it is a bit difficult to blend into a lovely smooth consistency, once Avocadoes are smooth add the Mango puree and the remaining Orange juice and blend hem well with the sugar to a smooth consistency.
Increase adding extra orange juice or water if it becomes too thick.
For a variation:
You can add cream of coconut and some bits of Pineapple to make it a complete tropical smoothie, you can even add Soya/almond/oats milk to make it more delicious.
* I used 2 mangoes cut them into chunks and blended it into a smooth consistency, you can even use tinned Mango pulp if fresh mangoes are not available.
If you liked it try it out and leave me a comment below and also tell me how do you use Avocado in your diet? Have you tried Avocadoes in any other way in your beauty techniques, Check out this blog for some baking recipes as well using Avocadoes
Vegan Avocado-Mango Smoothie
- 1 Cup Pureed Mango Pulp*
- 3 Ripe Avocadoes
- 1 Cup Orange Juice
- 3 to 4 tbsp of fair trade Brown sugar*
- First of all blend y our Avocadoes which are cut into pieces use some orange juice if it is a bit difficult to blend into a lovely smooth consistency, once Avocadoes are smooth add the Mango puree and the remaining Orange juice and blend hem well with the sugar to a smooth consistency.
- Increase adding extra orange juice or water if it becomes too thick.