Rose Avocado Smoothie

Rose Avocado Smoothie

Rose Avocado Smoothie – Rich, thick and creamy in taste like a calorie laden smoothie but with calories like in plain whole milk; with saturated fat like in reduced fat milk.

Sometimes the simplest of things can be the most impressive and satisfying. When I visited Morocco, I came across this hugely popular beverage known as Jus d’avocat (juice of avocado in French). A no frills simple drink made with only sweet milk and avocado. No flavorings. I enjoyed it even as it was.

While I have come across avocados being used in a variety of complex smoothie recipes, I have not seen the simplest version of it here in the US. So, once I came back home, I wanted to try making what I had in Morocco. But I was thinking of giving it a certain twist. Ah! then I remembered the rose flavored drink from my young days.

I grew up with rose scented delicacies. In my childhood there was a treat that I looked forward to all week. Every Saturday at mid-day my father would pick us up from school and take us on his motor bike to get me my treat – Rose milk!! Oh, how much I loved it! It was sweet, rich and creamy.

Now, fast forward so many years, I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. And while I still love that taste of Rose milk, I have found ways to enjoy some of my favorite foods in a different way – boosting the nutrition, along the way. Here it is the addition of avocado – which contributes to good health as it is rich in monounsaturated fats and vitamin K. It provides beneficial plant sterols, phytochemicals, fiber and some vitamins. I discuss in greater detail about this wonder fruit in my post about a creamy leek avocado cilantro soup.

I have used beet juice here to add the rose like color to the smoothie. Some research studies have shown that beet juice may help one exercise longer by boosting the stamina; improves blood flow and helps lower blood pressure. Beet juice is a rich source of antioxidants and naturally occurring nitrates, which convert to nitric oxide in the body, eventually helping with blood flow and blood pressure. Beets are also a good source of potassium and folic acid.

So, here I present to you my quick and simple treat – Rose Avocado smoothie!

 

Rose Avocado Smoothie

 

Photo Credit: Bijan of www.bijansviewfinder.com

 

ROSE AVOCADO SMOOTHIE
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NUTRITION FACTS
Servings: 5         Serving Size: 1 Cup
Calories 157, Total Fat 7 g (Saturated Fat 2.8 g, Polyunsaturated Fat 0.7 g, Monounsaturated Fat 4 g), Cholesterol 14 mg, Sodium 88 mg, Potassium 399 mg, Phosphorus 175 mg, Total Carbohydrate 18 g, Dietary Fiber 2 g, Sugars 16 g, Protein 6 g

 

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 0 minutes

 

INGREDIENTS

1 ripe avocado
3 ½ cups reduced fat milk
1/4 cup beet juice*, adjust as needed
2 tablespoons rose water
2 tablespoons honey
4 to 6 ice cubes

 

DIRECTIONS

Slice the avocado lengthwise. Remove the pit and scoop out the flesh.

Add the milk, beet juice, rose water, honey and ice cubes and blend it at a high speed. I used a Vitamix, but any high speed blender should do.

Adjust the amount of milk to give it a smooth pouring consistency.

Adjust honey to taste. Top it with some cold milk foam and rose petals. Serve chilled.

 

Notes:
Blend about 1/2 cup chopped beets and 1/2 cup water and pour through a fine mesh strainer to obtain the beet juice. I used 1/4th cup juice for this recipe. Expect variation in the final yield of the smoothie and quantity of beet juice needed based on the size of avocado.

 

Rose Avocado Smoothie

 

Photo Credit: Bijan of www.bijansviewfinder.com

 

 

 

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Rose Avocado Smoothie

Rose Avocado Smoothie – Rich, thick and creamy in taste like a calorie laden smoothie but with calories like in plain whole milk; with saturated fat like in reduced fat milk.

10 minPREP TIME

10 minTOTAL TIME

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 3 1/2 cups reduced fat milk
  • 1/4 cup beet juice*, adjust as needed
  • 2 tablespoons rose water
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 4 to 6 ice cubes

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Slice the avocado lengthwise. Remove the pit and scoop out the flesh.
  2. Add the milk, beet juice, rose water, honey and ice cubes and blend it at a high speed. I used a Vitamix, but any high speed blender should do.
  3. Adjust the amount of milk to give it a smooth pouring consistency.
  4. Adjust honey to taste. Top it with some cold milk foam and rose petals. Serve chilled.
Cuisine: Moroccan/Persian Inspired | Recipe Type: Beverages

RECIPE NOTES

Blend about 1/2 cup chopped beets and 1/2 cup water and pour through a fine mesh strainer to obtain the beet juice. I used 1/4th cup juice for this recipe. Expect variation in the final yield of the smoothie and quantity of beet juice needed based on the size of avocado.

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