For Mother’s Day, change things up by making mom a South of the Border twist on the classic Bloody Mary – a Guaca Mary. This drink combines nutritious avocados, with grapes, Mexican spices, peppers, and coconut water. You can serve it as a mocktail or add some vodka or tequila for a full blown cocktail.
This recipe was created by Chef Ina Pinkney of Ina’s Restaurant in Chicago for Avocados from Mexico. Check out Avocados from Mexico’s website for more recipes that would be terrific for a Mother’s Day brunch like Avocado Poached Egg with Diablo Sauce, Avocado Pineapple Smoothie, and Bacon, Egg and Avocado Breakfast Sandwich.
Yield: 4 portions (5-1/3 cups plus tequila or vodka)
- Kosher salt
- 2 teaspoons grated lime rind
- 1/2 cup lime juice, divided
- 2 cups peeled, cubed cucumber
- 1 fully ripened avocado from Mexico, halved, pitted, peeled and sliced
- 1 cup raw cubed tomatillos
- 1 cup halved seedless green grapes
- 1/2 cup loosely packed cilantro leaves
- 1 whole seeded fresh Serrano pepper
- 1 teaspoon celery salt
- 6 dashes green hot sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1-1/3 cups unsweetened coconut water
- Tequila or vodka, optional
- Avocados slices, grape tomatoes and pickled onions, optional garnish
- On a small flat plate, stir together 3 tablespoons salt and the lime rind. Set aside.
- Pour 1/4 cup of the lime juice into a shallow bowl and set aside.
- In a blender, combine cucumber, avocado, tomatillos, grapes, cilantro, Serrano pepper, remaining 1/4 cup lime juice, celery salt, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, the hot sauce and black pepper. Whirl until smooth - mixture will be slightly thick.
- Transfer to a 2-quart pitcher and stir in coconut water.
- Add tequila or vodka to taste, if desired.
- To serve, dip glass rim in reserved lime juice, then into salt and lime rind mixture. Add ice and fill with Guaca Mary. Thread avocado, grape tomatoes and pickled onions onto toothpick or skewer for garnish, if desired.
Picture and recipe courtesy of Avocados from Mexico.
I know for many of you, taking nutritional supplements was on your New Year’s healthy resolutions list. How’s it going? Are you confused by all the vitamin and supplement choices out there? Well, Centrum has come up with a Nutrition Possible Assessment to help you determine your individual nutritional supplement needs.
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Juicing with ProNutrients Probiotics
As part of my Centrum ProNutrients review , they sent me a juicer to create a few smoothies to use with their ProNutrients Probiotic. Centrum’s probiotic comes in powder form so you can add it to cool foods and drinks.
This is such a great way to “sneak” some probiotics into your children’s diets, especially if they don’t like taking pills. Plus, fresh fruit juices and smoothies are great ways to get more fruits and veggies into you and your family's diet. Just make sure to use organic fruit and vegetables whenever possible.
My kids really enjoyed my take on the classic Green Monster smoothie juice drink. They couldn’t taste the probiotics, the apples naturally sweetened it, and the kids enjoyed the frothiness, too.
Fennel & Kale Green Monster with Probiotics
Makes two 8 ounce drinks
- 3 stalks celery
- 1/2 bulb fennel
- 3 small apples
- 1 sprig fresh tarragon
- 3 stalks kale
- 2 packets Centrum ProNutrients Probiotics
- Wash all ingredients thoroughly in cool water.
- Cut apples if needed. It’s not necessary to peel them!
- Combine all ingredients in your juicer and follow manufacturers directions to make juice.
- Add probiotic powder directly to the juice container and whisk until frothy.
- Pour juice into 8 ounces glasses and serve immediately.
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Fresh fruit, frozen fruit, premade smoothie mix. Ice cream, yogurt, milk, tofu, soymilk. Nut butters, fruit juice, nutritional supplements, and honey.
How many ways can you a make a smoothie?
Here are a few ideas from two posts of mine at other blogs:
- At Mom Central Food: Blueberry drink recipes for summer
- At This Mama Cooks! Reviews: Chiquita Frozen Fruit Smoothies review
What’s your favorite type of smoothie? Do you make them at home or do you buy them to go? Do you prefer them healthy or decadent?
According to the POM Wonderful website, pomegranate juice:
- is higher in antioxidants than red wine and that antioxidants may help protect the body from free radical damage
- may be helpful in slowing or to prevent the development of cancer
- promotes heart health, prostate health, and proper erectile function
All good stuff for your health, but we wouldn’t be eating pomegranates if they weren’t so tasty. Luckily, POM Wonderful makes it easy to enjoy the juice without the mess of dealing with the seeds.
So when POM asked me to review their product (and sent a sample case of eight small 8 oz. bottles), I was happy to oblige since I was already a customer. In the past year, I bought their juice to make:
A pomegranate juice smoothie
But now the challenge was to make a pomegranate smoothie that fit in with the Weight Watchers Momentum plan and was high in fiber and protein to keep me full until the next meal.
My first concoction was a blend of juice, yogurt and ice cubes, which turned out too watery. Then I thought it would work better if the juice was already frozen, similar to the frozen berries I use to make smoothies. Here’s the result:
Did you know that kids don’t drink enough milk to prevent fractures? That nine out of 10 teenage girls fail to get enough of the calcium they need? And 50% of women over 50 suffer from osteoporosis?
That’s why it’s so important to get your entire family to drink milk and eat dairy products like yogurt. You can learn more about osteoporosis prevention in my post at This Mama Cooks! Reviews, Got milk this summer?
- 81 micrograms of the carotenoid lutein, which some studies suggest may help maintain healthy eyes
- nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and beneficial plant compounds that can contribute to the nutrient quality of your diet
- 76 milligrams beta-sitosterol, which a natural plant sterol which may help maintain healthy cholesterol levels
Plus they’re delicious! (For more on avocadoes, check out avocado.org.)
Makes 4 servings
- 1 medium ripe avocado
- 1 cup frozen mango chunks
- 2 cups fat free milk
- 1 (8 ounce) container vanilla low fat yogurt
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh mint leaves
- 2 teaspoons lime juice
- 1 teaspoon lime zest
- 1 tablespoon agave syrup (or substitute simple syrup or honey)
- 1 cup (more or less as needed) ice cubes
- Remove flesh from avocado, cut into coarse chunks.
- Place into blender along with mango, milk, yogurt, mint, lime juice and zest, agave syrup and ice cubes.
- Process until smooth.
- Pour smoothie into tall glasses and serve.
Tips to low calories and fat:
- use a sugar substitute like stevia instead of agave syrup
- use plain, no fat yogurt with a teaspoon a vanilla extract if you cannot find no fat vanilla yogurt
- thin out a bit by adding more ice cubes
235 calories; 8 g fat; 1.5 g saturated fat; 5 mg cholesterol; 8 g protein; 35 g carbohydrate; 5 g fiber; 105 mg sodium; 200 mg calcium (20 DV%).
Weight Watchers POINTS = 4
This week in celebration of summer, I’ll be featuring all sorts of frozen concoctions and yummy smoothie drinks.
These types of treats are a great way to get in your daily serving of fruits and milk into yours and your family’s diet.
It’s also an easy way to sneak in some healthy items while the kids aren’t looking like ground flax seeds or a teaspoon of an flax seed oil, both which are high in Omega-3. Or you can add some protein powder or tofu for a little extra protein boost for kids who don’t like to eat meat or eggs.
Diets in Review.com
First, stop by Diets in Review.com and check out my Frozen Fruit Popsicles Make Snacking Healthy Fun guest post. Hope it inspires you to visit your local farmer’s market or to make some frozen fruit snacks with the kids.
Smoothie image by taupetortoise via Flickr