Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Avocado and Cucumber Cooler

I actually came across this recipe while doing research on West Indies cuisines and thought it was quite interesting and different. It is a Jamaican recipe, that is no only refreshing in the tropical summer heat but just as satisfying as part of a quick, light meal. The unique combination of creamy avocado paired with the delicate flavor of cucumber is then accented with lemon for a dash of tartness and lots of fresh mint for that fresh sweetness. If you have a blender, you can make this drink within ten minutes. A great grab and go smoothie type drink or a light lunch, I would add a little bit of a protein like an ounce of almonds or walnuts along with it to round it out and complete it. I hope you enjoy.

Avocado and Cucumber Cooler


1 large avocado, about 7 ounces after skin and pit removed, rough chopped
2 cups seedless cucumber, about 1 average hothouse cucumber, roughly chopped
1/2 cup mint leaves, firmly packed and additional for garnish if desired
2 lemons, juiced and additional lemon slices for garnish if desired
2 cups ice

Place all ingredients into blender and pulse to puree. This is a very thick drink so you will need to stop and stir with a spatula a few times before reaching desired consistency.

Nutrition Facts
4 - One Cup Servings
Amount Per Serving
Calories 96.1
Total Fat 7.8 g
Saturated Fat 1.1 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.9 g
Monounsaturated Fat 4.9 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 5.3 mg
Potassium 357.5 mg
Total Carbohydrate 7.8 g
Dietary Fiber 3.9 g
Sugars 0.7 g
Protein 1.4 g

1 comment:

  1. This is incredible. I put coarse pepper and jalapeno salt in it as well as half a tomato and a dollop of sour cream. Thank you!!!!