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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Chocolate Avocado Protein Shake

As I studied about the cuisine of South Africa prior to our trip, one of the the most interesting snippets I encountered was to find out South Africa is a leading producer of avocados. This was news me, I just figured avocados were a Mexican/Spanish fruit. While SA is not usually a supplier to the United States, I felt an interest to create something unusual using this healthy fruit in honor of our upcoming visit.

This shake may sound completely wacky, but it's works in delivering flavor along with a healthy dose of protein and good fat.  Though high in fat, avocados are a superfood loaded with nutrients, vitamins, magnesium and the list goes on. Adding the scoop of Greek yogurt packs this shake with protein while the honey gives just a hint of sweetness; of course you could add more if you prefer a sweeter taste.

Whether from South Africa, Mexico or Spain, avocados are one of the healthiest fruits available and it's important to find creative ways to work them into our diets beyond just guacamole. After my trip, I'll share with you all the interesting South African dishes we encounter so keep checking back for these Fat and Happy updates!  In the meantime, try this shake for a filling breakfast, lunch, or a great snack after your workout.

Tips and Techniques:  The coffee is an optional flavor so if you are not a fan, just disregard.

Chocolate Avocado Protein Shake

1 cup chocolate milk or soy milk
1/2 ripe avocado
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
2 tbls honey
1 espresso shot (or strong coffee)
1 cup ice

Combine all ingredients in the blender, blend until smooth.  Enjoy immediately.
Yield: 1 large or 2 small shake(s)

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