I would love to say that my children are of the crudite-crunching, seafood-slurping variety, but they're not. Like most other kids they would happily live on a diet of chicken nuggets and ice-cream and I have to find sneaky ways to get nutrition into them. And I've found one! Admittedly it does involve chocolate, most of my sneak-stuff-into-them-without-them-knowing recipes do, but that's because the flavour and colour can mask other[more] flavours. Besides quality cocoa is a known antioxidant!
So yesterday I tried the following recipe for Thick Chocolate Milkshake in an attempt to get avocado into their diet. I didn't get 100% success, I never do, but 3 out of the 4 were sold and that was good enough for me.
Blend all of the following together:
- 1 ripe squidgy avocado
- 1 pint of milk (dairy, nut or otherwise)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2-3 tblsp maple syrup or honey (use as little as you can get away with)
- 2-3 tblsp cocoa
Avocado contains the monounsaturated Omega-9 oil, more stable and resistant to oxidation than the polyunsaturates omega 3 and 6. It helps keep arteries supple by reducing levels of LDL cholesterol. It also contains notable levels of Vitamin E and Folic Acid.
By Saffron Rogerson
31 January 2014