Creamy strawberry & avocado smoothie
This delicious smoothie can be eaten as a breakfast, snack or even as a dessert and is a healthy alternative.
Prep time: 5 minutes
½ ripe avocado
100g/4oz (½ cup) strawberries, hulled
150ml or /¼ pint (generous ½ cup) milk, plus extra (optional)
5 tbsp 0% fat Greek yoghurt
Drizzle of honey
Adding some dairy to a smoothie makes it deliciously creamy.
Cut the avocado in half, remove the stone (pit) and peel. Put the flesh in a blender with all the other ingredients and blitz until smooth. If it’s too thick for your liking, add a little more milk to get the desired consistency.
– Add a mashed small banana to avocado and fruit smoothies. It adds flavour and a thicker consistency.
– Experiment with different fruit – mango, papaya, blueberries, raspberries, peaches, melon and even dried prunes all work well.
– You can thin fruit smoothies with a little orange or apple juice.
– A little lemon or lime juice will help prevent green smoothies discolouring as well as adding a citrusy flavour to the mix.
– Adding some low-GI oatmeal will make the smoothie more filling and help to keep you going for longer, releasing energy slowly and keeping food cravings at bay.
– Add a spoonful of bran for extra fibre or some raw almonds, walnuts, chia or flaxseeds.
– Instead of regular milk, try coconut, almond, soy, oat, hemp or rice milk.
– If you’re weight-conscious, use skimmed or semi-skimmed milk.
– When making green vegetable smoothies, add a celery stick, some flat-leaf parsley, pak choi (bok choy), cucumber or some carrot juice.
– To sweeten smoothies, try clear honey, agave or maple syrup, or some liquid artificial sweetener.
– A pinch of ground cinnamon or some grated fresh root ginger will spice up your drinks.
– Flavour your smoothies with a dash of vanilla extract.
Credit: The Avocado Cookbook by Heather Thomas. (Ebury Press, £9.99) Photography: Joff Lee