Friday, August 12, 2011

Raw Avocado Soup

If you have some avocados at home and do not quite want to make another guacamole, here is a fine recipe to try.

  • 2 large, ripe avocados
  • 1 cup coconut water (you could also use nut milk or filtered water)
  • juice of 1 lime (about 4 tablespoons)
  • ½ cup cilantro leaves
  • ¼ cup chives
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • dash of cayenne pepper

  • Cut open and pit avocados. Scoop out flesh, reserving a small portion of one half for garnish.
  • Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend on high until smooth. If the soup is too thick, add more coconut water until the desired consistency is reached (it should coat the back of a spoon, but not be solid).
  • Pour into a large jar with a tight-fitting lid and chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour. Serve when cold. Garnish with avocado cubes and chives or cilantro. Enjoy in good company!

This chilled soup is a totally refreshing start to any summer meal. Although it may seem simple, the ingredients manage to hit all the right notes in both flavor and texture. The smooth creaminess of the avocado lays the perfect foundation for zesty lime, bright cilantro and chives, sweet shallot, with a surprising little kick of spicy cayenne.

Avocados are loaded with monounsaturated fats, a good kind of fat also found in olive oil, that boasts all sorts of health benefits, such as lowering cholesterol, reducing the risk of heart disease, and even offering protection against certain cancers like colon and breast.

The fruit is also a very concentrated dietary source of the carotenoid lutein, a phytochemical that protects the eyes against macular degeneration and cataracts. They also contain significant amounts of vitamin K, essential for normal blood clotting; calcium to maintain strong bones; folate to combat against Alzheimer’s disease; and vitamin C to boost the immune system. Not bad for a handful of smooth green goodness!

Coconut water is another perfect ingredient. It help replenish minerals in the body. When we sweat, we lose a lot of minerals (sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium). Coconut water has a natural balance of these minerals, making it the perfect beverage for hydrating the body and replenishing lost stores of vital nutrients - even more effective than water itself!

Recipe by Sarah Britton
Recipe source here


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